Maitland Gaol-it is a very, very freaky place to visit because whilst it is an old, imposing sandstone constructed prison, it has all the "mod cons" such as razor wire and CCTV mountings in place-it was stll being used as a gaol within the past 15 years
Hunter Valley Steamfest. Held in the Maitland Railway Station Precinct each year. A must see for anybody who likes trains, otherwise it may be wise to give Maitland a miss while it is on-many streets get closed for the event
Visit Buttai Barn (Lings Rd, Buttai, ph (02) 4930 3153) a short drive out of town, for traditional bush dancing. http://www.buttaibarn.com.au
Morpeth is a cute historical town on the outskirts of Maitland. Well worth visiting for a look at the cafes and boutique shops. Be warned though, Thursdays to Sundays are really the only days that are worth visiting- as many shops are closed at the beginning of the week.