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Published December 26th 2018
Itís not all wine and skittles in the Hunter Valley
There's more to a trip to the Hunter Valley than choice wineries and fresh produce provedores to visit. There's history "in them thar hills" too.
Maitland, situated on the Hunter River, is the perfect place to walk off any extra kilos gained after spoiling yourself with the fruits of the vineyards.
First settled by farmers in the early 1800s, the township was formally recognised and proclaimed in 1835. Much of the architecture of the historic buildings confirm Maitland's early beginnings, which can be easily enjoyed by following the Maitland Heritage Walk brochure available from the Maitland Visitors Information Centre, 258 New England Highway, (corner of High Street), Maitland at no cost.
Bit nervous about walking? Don't be, as Maitland is flat, has footpaths in good repair and you can stop for a variety of refreshments along the way.
Starting at the Maitland Railway Station, established in 1879, negates any parking issues. Then simply follow the map which provides a brief description of notable establishments. It's not just the buildings that are interesting - some of the long-established gardens are just beautiful.
On this walk, I came across something quite unusual. A Blackboy Hitching Post stands in High Street having been brought to Maitland by an American firm and was erected in 1892. Have you seen one of these before?