Victoria Hotel, Hinton

Hinton - Places to See

Tiny historic township north of Morpeth
Located just 3 km north-east of Morpeth on the banks of the Hunter River and171 km north of Sydney, 40 km north-west of Newcastle and just 8 km north-east of Maitland, is the tiny village of Hinton which has some genuinely historic buildings though none of any great beauty.

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View across Lake Macquarie looking towards Morisset

Morisset - Places to See

Morisset (including Sunshine, Dora Creek)
Medium-sized town servicing the south-western side of Lake Macquarie
Morisset is located on the south-western side of Lake Macquarie, 112 km north of Sydney via the Newcastle Freeway and 33 m above sea-level. With a population somewhere over 1500 it is the largest town on the south-western side of Lake Macquarie. Essentially a tourist town it also functions as the service centre to Cooranbong and the other small settlements along the Morisset peninsula. West of town are huge tracts of state forest. The electrification of the train line between Sydney and Newcastle, the construction of the F3 Freeway and the completion of the Eraring Power Station in 1984 have all contributed to the growth of the local economy.

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Largs Public School

Largs - Places to See

Tiny historic township north of Morpeth
Located 4.5 km north of Morpeth (172 km north of Sydney, 42 km north-west of Newcastle and just 10 km north-east of Maitland) across the plains, levee banks and raised farmhouses of the Hunter Valley, is the tiny village of Largs.

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CWA Building in the main street

Merriwa - Places to See

Small rural town in the Upper Hunter Valley
The small rural town of Merriwa is located at the western extremity of the upper Hunter district, alongside the Merriwa River, 327 km north-west of Sydney and 62 km west of Scone. It has a current population of about 1000.

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Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Building in the main street


Cessnock (including Bellbird, Nulkaba, Ellalong, Paxton and Millfield)
Mining town in the Hunter Valley
151 km north of Sydney via the freeway Cessnock, together with Bellbird, has a population of 17 914 and is situated 107 metres above sea-level. Although originally a service centre to travellers and the surrounding farms its real development as a town occurred when the area became a major mining centre at the turn of the century. Consequently there is little in the way of heritage buildings and today Cessnock is essentially a rather unattractive and uninteresting residential, commercial and government centre, although it is situated adjacent one of the state's most important wine-growing centres (see entry on Pokolbin).

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Paterson Post Office


Paterson (including Woodville)
Tiny village on the Paterson River
Paterson is a tiny but attractive little hamlet settled amidst mountains on the Paterson River which has its source in Barrington Tops to the north. The main road and trainline twist through this village which is located 175 km north of Sydney and 18 km north of Maitland.

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