Maitland is located on the Hunter River approximately 163km north of Sydney, New South Wales and is easily accessible from the New England Highway. Maitland is set on the banks of the Hunter River and is the gateway to the Hunter Valley. The city has many attractive historical buildings and an annual Steam Engine Festival.
Maitland Activities and Attractions
- Maitland Heritage Walk tours of Maitland’s historical buildings.
- Maitland Markets – is a country market held on the 1st Sunday of the Month at the Maitland Showground.
- Maitland Regional Art Gallery
- Reading Cinemas on Ken Tubman Drive, Maitland.
- SteamFest is dedicated to steam engines. Be sure not to miss the hiss, toot and chug of Australia’s premier festival of steam.
- See more hotels in the Hunter Valley region.
Maitland Local Knowledge
These descriptions are written by BCL readers.
Some of Maitland’s older suburbs have fine historical and federation buildings and others are contemporary housing estates. One charming building houses the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and was once the original technical college campus. The artistic riverbank walkway belies the power of the meandering Hunter River. Years of improvements along the river system help to prevent flooding of a disastrous nature – the worst on record occurred in 1955. There is a multi-cinema theatre, and Maitland CBD is a pedestrian mall, while East Maitland boasts the modern Stockland Green Hills shopping complex. Summers are hot, but Maitland has two excellent aquatic centres and it’s a short drive to coastal beaches. With a relaxed and rural feel, market gardens flourish. Some people breed horses and run hobby farms. Large country-style markets are held monthly at the showground premises, showcasing local produce – vegetables, plants, gourmet food, art and craft. The annual Steam Engine Festival attracts many people and celebrates a bygone era when trains were pulled by steam locomotives. There is excitement as families and enthusiasts hop aboard for steam-powered excursions and day trips, and crowds gather to observe the outcome of a race between a steam engine and a Tiger Moth aeroplane.
Maitland is two hours drive north of Sydney, 30 minutes drive from Newcastle and Newcastle Airport (Williamtown), and is on the CityRail Newcastle – Scone/Dungog line.
– Ellis Ash