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Getting Here

Keen to come to Morpeth but don’t know how to get here? Take a look at our helpful hints.

A visit to Morpeth is a journey through narrow laneways, sandstone gutters and footpaths into heritage buildings where you’ll discover unique shopping, artisan treasures and delightful treats.

Getting here is easy! Check out the below  information for travel times, directions, and what road closures and parking options are available over the Bicentenary weekend.

Getting to morpeth

Sydney: 2 hours 1 minute (163kms)

Newcastle: 32 minutes (34kms)

Hunter Valley: 38 minutes (41kms)

Port Stephens: 44 minutes (47kms)

Newcastle Airport: 30 minutes (35kms)

FROM SYDNEY – Travel over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and follow the A1 (Pacific highway) towards Hornsby. Before Hornsby (at Wahroonga) take the M1 (Pacific motorway) and choose one of the following routes:

ROUTE 1: Exit the M1 at the Newcastle interchange and take the M15 (Hunter expressway) until you reach the East Maitland interchange (11km). Follow signs to Newcastle Road (New England Highway) to Melbourne Street, turn right and follow signage to Morpeth (6km). 

ROUTE 2: Drive to the end of the M1 (Pacific Motorway) and veer left taking the A43 (New England highway) exit to Maitland and follow signs to Morpeth (13km).

FROM MID NORTH COAST – Travel south following the Newcastle/Sydney/Maitland signage on the A1 (Pacific highway). Once you reach the Hexham bridge, turn right onto the A43 (New England Hwy) and follow to Morpeth (18km).

Road closures and parking at the bicentenary


Set up and presentation of Morpeth Bicentenary 6.00am Saturday November 2021 – Sunday 21 Midnight

Temporary Road Closures:

  • Swan Street from Tank to Northumberland Street.
  • Queens Wharf Road and Morpeth Road
  • Steamfest Street, Queens Wharf Road and Morpeth Road
  • Green Street, Swan Street
  • Berkley Street, Swan Street

Change of Usage:

  • Two way on Green Street from Swan to Close Street – Resident Access
  • Two way on Berkley Street from Swan to Close Street – Resident Access

Morpeth Bridge Closure:

  • Sunday 12.00am – Monday 12.00am

Over the Bicentenary weekend, parking will be in Closebourne Village. Stayed tuned for a detailed site map showing all available parking over the weekend. 

With the amount of people attending the event, parking can become an issue for some. Taxi Services will be available throughout the event weekend.

To organise your journey to and from the event, contact Maitland Taxis on 02 4933 7333, 131 008 or

Where is the Morpeth Bicentenary? 

The Bicentenary will be held in Morpeth, along Swan Street, at Queens Wharf, Morpeth Bridge, Green Street and Berkley Street. 

When is the Morpeth Bicentenary?

Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November 2021

What times does it run?

The Commemoration will run from 9.00am – 5.00pm both days.

How much does it cost to attend?

The Bicentenary is free to attend. Small costs may be required for some activities.

What time are the Fireworks? 

The fireworks will be launched at 8.30pm on Saturday 20 November.

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