The historic town of Morpeth is located on the fringe of Port Stephens and filled with tree-lined streets, sandstone buildings, and riverside picnic spots. There are annual events for a range of food, wine and music festivals, too good to miss.
Located just 45 minutes’ drive from Port Stephens beaches let it be the start of your Hunter Valley and Pokolbin experience.
Morpeth’s days as a river port were effectively over by about 1890, but the town’s comparative isolation meant that its historic shopfronts, wharves and even the hitching posts along the main street have survived intact.
Today, Morpeth in the Hunter Valley is National Trust-classified and no longer a backwater but a wide-awake town crammed with restaurants, shops and a calendar full of annual events. It’s a living museum of Australia’s past, a history lesson that’s easy to digest. There are plenty of things to see and do at Morpeth. Campbell’s Store Craft Centre encompasses specialty craft shops, a tearoom and an art gallery, while Morpeth Sourdough is where baker Stephen Arnott follows the family tradition his great-great-great-grandfather William Arnott (of Arnott’s biscuits) began.
Be sure to visit Morpeth Wine Cellars and Moonshine Distillery for local wine and cheese tastings, and browse Morpeth Trading Post to see beautiful ceramics, glassware, china and old bush tools.