Not far from the heart of the Hunter Valley, and just two hours north of Sydney, is the charming country town Morpeth.
Morpeth is situated inland on the Hunter River. Rich with history dating back to European settlement in the 1800s, Morpeth once housed a busy river port and was a major agricultural and industrial hub.
Now, Morpeth is a quiet and tranquil town, a rewarding end to a weekend drive through the country. In Morpeth you can take your time strolling through the main street exploring the cute boutiques and cafes. Stay for lunch by the river and for some tea and scones in one of the tea houses.
Whilst the boutiques and antique stores are all worth a visit, other places worth mentioning include the famous Morpeth Sourdough bakery. This bread, baked by the Arnott family since 1848, is available at different locations in Sydney, including Harris Farm Markets, but in Morpeth you will find the original source. The bakery is housed in the Arnotts family home and upstairs is the official Morpeth Sourdough restaurant, Arnotts Bakehouse.
Morpeth is well worth a visit. Lovely food, great accommodation and friendly people.
By ginny - reader Friday, 30th of December @ 07:30 am
Weekends tend to be busy in Morpeth. Our group of 8 friends went on a Wednesday, when a few more shops were open. Coffee overlooking the river and then a stroll up and down the main and back street, in and out of the many galleries, crafts shops, then to Morpeth Sourdough bakery for the best bread to have with a warming home made soup at our Hunter Valley accommodation.
By Gloria - reader Wednesday, 27th of March @ 06:49 pm