Morpeth has a rich heritage and was instrumental in the development of the Hunter Valley. Morpeth is National Trust classified and is a living museum with beautifully preserved buildings.
Known also by its Aboriginal name ‘Illalaung’, Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821. Influenced by its desirable location on the Hunter River and the realisation of the area’s immense potential, Morpeth evolved into a frontier town and busy river port.
Morpeth’s role as one of the most important river ports in New South Wales began in the 1820s and under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary, 1833 saw the development of the public wharf. Queens Wharf as it was named was to become a heavily frequented river port by settlers, merchants, mariners, timber getters and farmers. During its time as a major industrial and agricultural hub, Morpeth helped to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley. Whilst no longer famous for its primary industry, the Morpeth of today continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.