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Fun Things to Do in Maitland

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website to make more moolah for my trips.
Published July 16th 2015

There are numerous cities and communities that I have always wanted to visit. One such place is Maitland. Therefore, I rented a vehicle (which was easy to find the best one thanks to, drove to the city and looked for fun things to do in Maitland. I really enjoyed these five activities while I was visiting there.

Maitland Gaol

Maitland Gaol Governors House
The Governors House

Ever since I was a young boy, I had heard adults and the television reference a place called Maitland Gaol. As a result of this, I decided that visiting Maitland Goal was on the top of my things to do in Maitland. I had the option to go on a guided tour or an audio tour. I chose the guided tour. As I went through the facility, I had no idea of the history of Maitland Gaol. It was fascinating to learn about various escape attempts and how prisoners were punished over 100 years ago. I saw numerous jail cells, and it was interesting to see how the jail structures were built differently over the years.

Maitland Park

While visiting Maitland Gaol was thrilling, I realised that I needed to take some time just to walk around for a while and think about what Maitland attractions I wanted to visit next. Therefore, I decided to stop at Maitland Park. I spent some time taking a stroll, but the park equipment that was available for children distracted me. I was surprised at the amount of equipment that children could use. It was very clear that the community was dedicated to providing some wonderful equipment for children to enjoy. As I continued on my way, I walked by some BBQ facilities and a pavilion. It seemed like a perfect spot for a holiday. Although I was by myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the park.

Fratelli Roma

I was surprised at the wide variety of restaurants in Maitland. While I was visiting with a local, I asked him to describe some of Maitland's activities and a great place to eat. I was pleased that he recommended one of the places I had already visited. For lunch, he suggested that I go to Fratelli Roma. I was not disappointed as I had some of the best Italian cuisine that I have ever tasted. The atmosphere was wonderful, and I wished I had brought a date with me. I had pasta that was made by hand, a plate of cheese and some amazing tiramisu for dessert. The service was fantastic, and I certainly felt refreshed after receiving a scrumptious meal.

Maitland Regional Art Gallery

Photo Credit: Nomad Tales

I have always enjoyed art. When I heard that the Maitland Regional Art Gallery was in the area, I just had to go there. When I got to the building, it seemed like I had stepped back in time. After all, the building was in the Federation Gothic style and opened in 1910 as a college. Although the college is gone, this amazing art gallery is open to the public at a decent price. While the building itself is impressive, I enjoyed looking at various rooms and exhibits. One of the best exhibits I enjoyed was one that focused on public art in Maitland. Through various photographs and works of art, I saw a number of fun things to do in Maitland. Furthermore, it was great to visit with volunteer and see the numerous paintings throughout the facility. I could have easily spent a day at the gallery, but I had a limited amount of time I could spend there.

Tea Lovers & Coffee for Others

Maitland River Walk
Take a Stroll Along the Hunter

As I wondered what to do in Maitland before I left for the day, I was driving close to Hunter River when I came across Tea Lovers & Coffee for Others. I needed some caffeine to give me some needed energy for the drive home. I went in and discovered a delightful establishment that offered tea, coffee and other beverages for adults and children who would prefer something different. As I sipped my tea next to a window, I enjoyed glancing at people walking by and some gifts I had purchased at a couple of Maitland attractions. It seemed like the perfect ending for my experience. I decided to have a cup of coffee and a treat for the drive home, and I certainly did not regret it.

Maitland has things to do and places to see. I thoroughly enjoyed my time visiting this wonderful city. I am looking forward to visiting it again at the right time. Fortunately, I have plenty of reasons to go back.
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Where: Maitland, NSW
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If in Maitland, don't miss the Icky Sticky Patisserie at Lorn (next suburb) - absolutely amazing!!!
by Renata (score: 1|28) 854 days ago
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