At the heart of the city is Central Maitland, with its full range of shopping, business and civic functions as well as education, cultural and recreational services. Maitland is built on the banks of the Hunter River, which brought life and trade to the early city and continues to offer a strong sense of heritage and culture. Maitland is one of the oldest heritage rich regional centres in Australia.
Maitland is a perfect base with access to two national highways, a 90-minute freeway drive to Sydney, 30 minutes to the vineyards, Newcastle and Port Stephens, close proximity to airports, shipping terminals and freight rail access. However Maitland offers much more than a central location.
Maitland was first settled in 1810 and its long history is highly evident through many of its beautifully crafted historic buildings constructed with local sandstone and cedar.
The Maitland Art Gallery is rich in culture and exhibits premier artwork as well as providing a cafe, workshop spaces and retail outlets for guests to enjoy during their visit. The city also boasts four libraries, two public swimming pools and three railway stations. East Maitland is home to a large commercial centre called Greenhills containing supermarkets, department stores, bank, optometrist and a range of speciality stores including restaurants and cafes.
For families, there are a range of schools from public to private and catholic schools. The community is largely built on a dedication to local sport with extensive opportunities for children and parents alike.