Maitland walk # 22: Wallalong

phascogale

  • Distance: 4.8 km / 6886 steps
  • Time: ~50 min
  • Summary: Wallalong is a quiet, rural community that is very intent on staying that way. Signs with “Keep Wallalong Rural” are posted everywhere and it certainly feels like you’re a long way away from the city. The walk can be done on wheels but with no footpaths it means walking/cycling etc alongside the road which is narrow at times.

Go to Morpeth, take a left across the river and then right onto Hinton road. Stay on this until after the river crossing, take first left up High Street towards Wallalong. Go left at Morpeth road and park at Bowthorne Reserve.

Walk back on Morpeth road and turn left up High Street. This takes you through the centre of Wallalong. Walk past the first right turn into Rosebank Drive and continue until you reach the second entrance. This is an 80km zone so walk carefully as there is not much room alongside the road, thankfully there is not much traffic. Go right and stay on Rosebank drive as it winds its way around the suburb.

This is a lovely quiet neighbourhood and also home to the Phascogale. The Phascogale is a little-known native animal that belongs to a group of marsupials called the “dasyurids” which also includes better-known species like the Tasmanian devil and the quolls. It is a threatened species and therefore cats are completely prohibited and dogs must be kept under control at all times in this area. The Phascogale is a shy creature and only venture out at night so unfortunately you’re unlikely to see one.

 

When you get back onto High street, turn left and walk back until you see Market street on your right. Walk down here to the T-junction and then left down Scott street. Take the first right down Morpeth View road and look for the path on your right which will take you to the back of the reserve. Walk across and back to your car. Map of Wallalong walk

wallalong

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Maitland walk #12: Morpeth

Morpeth bridge

  • Distance: 4.1 km / 5914 steps
  • Time:~ 40 min (+)
  • Suitability:  Lovely walk around the historic village of Morpeth and you may well run over the time estimate as it is easy to get side-tracked by all the interesting and quirky shops and cafés.  Ok to do with wheels but you’ll have to not do the two loops around the reserves and just stay on the road.

Park by the Queens Wharf jetty and picnic area, which is on the left hand side by the entrance to Morpeth if coming from East Maitland.

Start walking along the river and do a short loop around the reserve before heading up the hill on the road you drove in. Cross the road and turn left down Swan street.  Turn right on Berkely street and walk up to High street.  Turn left and walk along High street which has a number of buildings steeped in history. European settlement in Morpeth dates from the early 1800s and in the 19th century it was one of the busiest river ports in NSW.

When you get to George street turn right and walk up to Little James street which is at the end of town and you’ll see farmland beyond.  Turn left and walk down to the t-section where you see a house with an impressive collection of garden ornaments. Turn right and follow John street around and walk across Edward street into the Ray Lawler and Morpeth Common wildfowl reserve.  There is no real path visible here but walk in amongst the trees and soon you’ll see a little bridge over the duck pond on your left (see photo below).  Cross over and now you’ll be on a path that loops around and back up on Edward street. Head down to Swan street and turn left and you’re now back on the main street of Morpeth.

There are also a number of historical buildings along Swan street and you can pick up a brochure with further information from Maitland Visitor information.  Notably you’ll walk past the two hotels currently open in Morpeth, whereas in 1867 there were 11 hotels thriving in the town! You’ll also see the heritage listed timber truss bridge about halfway along (see photo above). Stay on Swan street all the way back to the Queens Wharf road which will take you back to where you parked your car.

morpeth pondPlease see link to map of walk Map of Morpeth walk