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Part of the city of Maitland, Morpeth sits on the edge of the Hunter River, with Raworth and Tenambit separating it from East Maitland and the New England Highway.
Morpeth has a rich history as a major industrial and agricultural hub, which helped lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley. While Morpeth’s days as a river port were over by the 1900s, the town’s relative isolation meant that its historic shopfronts, wharves and even the hitching posts along the main street have survived intact. It continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.
Why rent in Morpeth?
Morpeth is a quiet village with a small community feel, while still having relatively good access to the Hunter Valley.
The main street is filled with captivating shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s a living museum of Australia’s past, a history lesson that’s easy to digest especially with its small museum, housed in the old Morpeth Courthouse, and businesses such as Morpeth Sourdough. This is where baker Stephen Arnott followed in the family tradition of his great-great-great-grandfather William Arnott (of Arnott’s biscuits).
Morpeth has been classified by the National Trust, with tourists flocking to the town all year round to take in its historic buildings and features, such as the 119-year-old Morpeth Bridge. Spanning across the Hunter River, the bridge is the oldest of its type still in service in NSW.
Morpeth has one school, Morpeth Public School, with older students attending high school in nearby suburbs.
Growth in recent years has seen more properties built in Morpeth, making housing in the area a combination of new and old properties.