Central Maitland

A unique and special place nestled on the Hunter River, Central Maitland has a city vibe with a rural backdrop. It’s not uncommon to see a mother duck and her chicks cross the road as you pass by impressive churches and buildings of architectural significance.

The best way to learn about the history is to take a self guided heritage walking tour of the city. Download one or all of the walks of interest, from poverty and prosperity to Maitland’s early Jewish Community or the Central Maitland heritage walk.

The area has seen a resurgence with the transformation of The Levee lifestyle precinct. You can sample the culinary delights from around the world with Italian, Thai, Sudanese, and Mexican cuisines. Your food journey of Maitland wouldn’t be complete without some contemporary Australian fare (from the local bowl) and a lashing of craft beer or tipple of Hunter Wine.

There’s also an art and cultural precinct coming to life with quirky art studios and independent galleries colouring the eastern end of High Street. Maitland Regional Art Gallery stands out proudly in a hybrid of heritage and modern architecture. Affectionately known as MRAG, the gallery is home to a collection of over 4,000 works, touring and one off exhibitions. So there’s always something waiting to inspire your inner Picasso.

Locals guide to Maitland

  • Absorb the heritage by strolling the laneways and discovering the city on one of the self guided walks.
  • Check out ‘The New One’ mural which welcomes visitors to The Levee painted by local artist Patricia Van Lubeck. This massive mural is an example of one of the many forms of creative expression throughout the city and is great backdrop for a selfie.
  • There’s a lot more to Maitland than just its heritage. We invite you to taste modern local produce across a range of delectable coffee shops and dining experiences.
  • Leisurely meander the Maitland Markets on the first Sunday of every month and take home a unique handmade piece or explore the Slow Food Earth Market Maitland on the first and third Thursday of each month where you can pick up fresh produce direct from the farmer.

We acknowledge the Wonnarua People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land within the Maitland Local Government Area. We pay respect to all Aboriginal Elders, past, present and future with a spiritual connection to these lands.