Your Suburb: Morpeth is steeped in history and a tourist destination


Its origins are as a river port, dating back to the early 1800s, and now as a thriving tourist destination Morpeth retains a lot of original features.

The relaxed suburb is peacefully set on the banks of the Hunter River, 30 minutes from Newcastle and a 15-minute drive to Maitland.

Many of its historic stonework buildings are still proudly standing, including Morpeth Sourdough which is where the first ever Arnott’s biscuit was baked.

It has several buildings listed on the Register of the National Estate, including the former Bond Stores, Morpeth Bridge, Morpeth Public Library (formerly Court House), police station and former Morpeth Railway Station.


It is easy to take a walk around the town and there is plenty to look at.

Its main street offers unique arts, crafts and antique shops and has become a tourist destination.

The population of Morpeth is 1403.


The main CBD Swan Street retains the charm of the past with most original commercial buildings still intact and full of the character.  

The sandstone bond stores and the old timber bridge are iconic to the Hunter and the area is a popular tourist destination. Those lucky enough to call Morpeth home enjoy access to the many restaurants, cafes, boutique stores and old pubs on offer.  

The real estate covers all demographics from small miners homes to elegant and prestigious heritage grandeur of the finer sandstone and brick residences built for the early gentry.   

The extension of the Morpeth residential area to nearby Morpeth Manor will satisfy those looking for modern conveniences yet still handy to the heritage precinct. 

- Presented by Rhonda Nyquist, PRDnationwide Hunter Valley