Morpeth is a pretty historical town that lies on the southern banks of the Hunter River. It has an amazing historic feel to it, Swan Street is lined with beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings. It is an ideal weekend destination or the perfect place to stop for a few days if you are travelling.
Morpeth has lots of chic shops, antique shops and a plenty of cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.
Things to do
1. Walk through Swan Street
Swan Street is not very big so I recommend parking the car and walking up one side of the street and down the other. There are two places I highly recommend you visit.
Visit Campbell's Store at 175 Swan Street, Morpeth.
You can spend hours in this store wandering thought around. I love antique stores and I must say, this is one of my favourite. I was amazed by the collection of war items and old car magazines. The building itself is interesting as it is one of the originals building in the town.
Visit the Arnott Bakehouse, now known as Morpeth Sourdough, is the "original c.1851 bakehouse where William Arnott, the biscuit entrepreneur and his brother David, baked bread and ship’s biscuits in the 1860’s." It is now owned by Stephen and Allison Arnott. Stephen is the great-great-great grandson of William Arnott and is following in his footsteps by producing sourdough bread for the township of Morpeth. He distributes his authentic sourdough throughout New South Wales. Stephen is not connected with the current owners of Arnott’s Biscuits - the Campbell Soup Co.(USA). There is extensive information at http://www.historicarnottbakehouse.com.au.
2. Visit the Museum at 123 Swan Street.
The museum hosts a range of permanent exhibitions that tell the story of Morpeth including the railway, housing, working industries and families. These are supported by a suite of ever changing exhibitions that can focus on different themes of Morpeth and as new and interesting historical elements are discovered or restored.
3 Enjoy and Meal
The Commercial Hotel at 7 Swan Street has great wholesome meals and a great out door dinning area.
Morpeth Woodfired Pizza's is a favourite with the locals.
There are no holiday parks or camping grounds in Morpeth.
Morpeth is located on the banks of the Hunter River. It is 172 km north of Sydney, 35 km north-west of Newcastle and 14 km east of Maitland.