SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

Maitland Gaol offers three self guided audio tours of the site available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars. Tickets are valid for one entry between 10:00am and 3:00pm on the date chosen to attend. The site closes at 4:00pm.
 
"Maitland Gaol Revealed" gives an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. Secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the inmates and warders, bring this tour to life. 

This audio tour is also available for the deaf and hearing impaired in either Auslan/Captions or Audio/Captions. The tour is available using a smartphone app called OpenAccess Tours that can be downloaded in advance or alternatively it is available on site through the normal audio tour system.

"Escaping Maitland Gaol" will lead you through the maze of cells, divulging intricate details of the many escape attempts seen throughout the gaol's 150 year history. You will hear stories of ballsy efforts to break free of the gaol's grueling regime.

"Snitch's Gaol Exploration" (Children's tour) is narrated by ‘Snitch the Rat', a ghostly character who leads children on an adventure through the gaol cells. Snitch tells the children all the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world.

 

21/03/2019 To 18/06/2019
LWT: HOW ABOUT SOME WORD PLAY?

Let’s celebrate and pay tribute to poetry so that it may continue to enrich our lives. Join with the Maitland Verses Poets on World Poetry Day to experience the transformational power of poetry.

Thu 21 Mar
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Seraphine Cafe
Free

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21/03/2019 6:00 PM
GOD OF CARNAGE

"Behaving well gets you nowhere.
Courtesy is a waste of time, it weakens you and undermines you ..."

Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage tells the story of an evening in the lives of two upmarket couples who meet to discuss a playground incident.

Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. The four of them agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and the spouses switch sides as the fighting continues.

God of Carnage was inspired by a real-life experience and suggests that our civilised trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile.

(God of Carnage is being performed in the round)

Running time

Approximately 1 hour 20 minutes with no interval.

 

Ticket Prices

Tickets: $18
Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact
info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details

Bookings

You can book online or call the Maitland Visitor Information Centre to book on 02 4931 2800 (10 - 3 daily) from mid February 2019.

Directors

Director: Matthew Collins

Assisted by Campbell Knox

The Cast

Leilani Boughton - Veronica

Alex Simpson - Michael

Millie Chorlton - Annette

Alastair Anderberg - Alan

Performance Dates/Times

Evenings at 8:00pm: March: Fri 22, Sat 23,  Fri 29, Sat 30

Matinee at 2:00pm: March: Sun 24

Doors open 30 minutes before performances.

22/03/2019 To 30/03/2019
ESCAPES DAY TOUR
While learning about the history and operation of this notorious prison, this specially designed NEW! tour explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from Australia’s longest continuously operating correctional facility.

During your 1½ hour tour our guides will escort you around the site, delving into the ways prisoners were treated through various eras of prison management, and how the Gaol was developed through its 150 year operational history.

And throughout your exploration, stories of amazing escapes, from the unbelievable and amazing to the farcical. All, in most cases, for a few hours of freedom. Learn about the 'Magnificent Seven' – the last successful escape in September 1977, and Patrick McNamara, who escaped in August 1851, only to be recaptured 4 months later and face the hangman’s noose in March 1852.

Now being presented as a public day and evening tour on selected occasions throughout the week or for private groups. Check the website for the next scheduled public tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

23/03/2019 To 16/06/2019
ESCAPES TORCHLIGHT TOUR

Escapes from Maitland Gaol cover a vast period of the facility's history. The earliest years were a time ripe for escape with security features basically comprising of the towering walls. As the years progressed and the type of prisoner changed the escapes became more daring and dangerous. Whatever the prisoners motivation for escape the determination and skill they show achieving their outcome is sure to amaze. Hear about a number of the most daring escapes on this torchlight tour lasting 90 minutes. It gives visitors a glimpse into the desperation felt by prisoners and the risks they took to break free.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for people under 15 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

23/03/2019 To 25/05/2019
EX-WARDER DAY TOUR

These are a 1½ hour escorted tour through the Maitland Gaol complex from the perspective of the men and women responsible for operating the facility over its 150 years.

Like the Ex-Inmate tour, there are some stories which are not for the feint-hearted. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the "worst of the worst". Be prepared for some harrowing tales.

Not recommended for children under the age of 14 as the information presented may be confronting includes adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references.

Regularly presented as a public day tour on Sundays and as an evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

24/03/2019 To 1/06/2019
LW: DISCOVER AYURVEDA

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest continually practiced health care system. The profound promise of Ayurveda is that through an integrated approach not only can we prevent disease, but live a long, healthy, vibrant life in harmony with our environment.

Get an insight into this beautiful tradition of ancient wisdom with the inspirational Amy Landry, who will take you through the fundamental principles of Ayurveda in a way that is easy to understand and practically useful. You will learn about daily routine, the Ayurvedic approach to food and its connection to the seasons and your personal constitution.

Thu 28 Mar
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Library
Free

If you experience difficulties when booking tickets please call us on 4933 6952

28/03/2019 6:00 PM
AUTUMN APPARITION - SEASONAL HARVEST DINNER & TOUR
Join us as the autumn leaves start to fall this March at our seasonal harvest dinner and tour. Grab your family and friends and experience a unique dinner held inside the walls of Maitland Gaol. 

The autumn inspired three course menu will feature locally sourced seasonal ingredients including produce from the Maitland Gaol garden.

You'll have the chance to test your ghostly knowledge with a few rounds of spine-tingling trivia before embarking on our famous two hour Ghost Hunting 101 activity.

When: Thursday 28th March 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Cost: $85.00 pp
RSVP: Bookings essential by Sunday 24th March 2019
Limited numbers apply (BYO beer and wine only).
Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of the booking.

Book online at maitlandgaol.com.au or phone 4936 6482

 

28/03/2019 6:30 PM
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY (TORCHLIGHT)
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour is occasionally presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour but is mainly presented for private groups where it may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

30/03/2019 To 1/06/2019
LWT: ON TRAVEL - TONY WHEELER

Founder of Lonely Plant publications,  Tony Wheeler is described as the trailblazing patron saint of the world's backpackers and adventure travellers. Discussing his latest book On Travel, Wheeler provides an expert view on the joys of escaping home, satiating wanderlust and why the more you travel, the more extraordinary the world becomes.

Tony Wheeler is patron of Melbourne’s inspiring Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas and founder of the Planet Wheeler Foundation, which operates in child and maternal welfare, education and health care in developing countries.


Fri 5 Apr
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Brough House
$25

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


5/04/2019 6:00 PM
GHOST HUNTING 101

If you've experienced a ghost tour and want to step up to the next level, our Ghost Hunting 101 nights are perfect.

The night starts with a briefing, before you learn the basics on how to use the K2 Meters and voice recorders. You'll experience a vigil, an era cue, use a spirit box, and have time to chat, talk about experiences and have discussion on the topics of ghosts, poltergeists and residual and intelligent hauntings.

Learn about it and then try it out as you hunt for ghosts across the site and in the cells, you even have the opportunity to do some investigating on your own.

The group numbers are limited to allow a more personal experience with Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours who will guide you through the night.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Participants must be 15 years or over.

PRICE $50 per person
DATE First Friday of each month except November and December (subject to site bookings)
TIME 9.00pm October - April and 8.00pm May - September
DURATION 2 hours (approx.)

 

5/04/2019 To 7/06/2019
LWT: YOUNG CREATIVES

In a community vibrant with ideas, we celebrate the young creatives making their mark. 

Liz O’Brien is a photographer whose surrealist action works are creating quite a stir.

Gifted musician Dave Wells has quickly gained a reputation as one of the Hunter's finest songwriters and performers.

Thu 11 Apr
The Bikesmith
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Free

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11/04/2019 6:00 PM
BRANXTON EXCURSION (RETURN) SATURDAY
Head west for a glimpse of Hunter Valley Wine Country through the towns of Lochinvar, Allandale and Greta. Perfect for those who don’t want to be too far from the action of Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest as the return trip takes just over an hour. The engine for these journeys is the 3265.

Branxton excursions are a steam pull/diesel push journey.

As there is no ability for the steam engine to be turned around at Branxton, the locomotive and carriages arrive and depart in the same order. This means the steam engine will pull the journey from Maitland to Branxton and will then be at the rear to push the return journey from Branxton to Maitland with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.

TicketPrice
Adults$40
Concession/child*$38
Child under 5$36
Family*$132

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

13/04/2019
PATERSON EXCURSION (RETURN) SATURDAY - STEAM
Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson. Your journey will start with a glimpse of Walka Water Works picnic reserve as you leave the city before you pass through the rolling green countryside, Mindaribba and Tocal. There's only a brief stop in Paterson before the return leg back Maitland.

Paterson excursions are a steam pull/diesel push journey.

As there is no ability for the steam engine to be turned around at Paterson, the locomotive and carriages arrive and depart in the same order. This means the steam engine will pull the journey from Maitland to Paterson and will then push the return journey from Paterson to Maitland with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.

TicketPrice
Adults$40.00
Concession/child*$38.00
Child under 5$36.00
Family*$132.00

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full detail.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

13/04/2019
MAITLAND TO PATERSON (ONE WAY) SATURDAY - RAIL MOTORS
Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson. Your journey will start with a glimpse of Walka Water Works Picnic Reserve as you leave the city before you pass through the rolling green countryside, Mindaribba and Tocal.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$16.00
Concession/Child*$12.00
Child Under 5$10.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children Under 17, Government Pensioners (including people with a disability) and Seniors Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock are subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

13/04/2019
MAITLAND TO NEWCASTLE INTERCHANGE (ONE-WAY) SATURDAY

Take a historic journey between Maitland and the Newcastle Interchange on Locomotive 3265. This journey is set to go down in the record books, as this will be the first time steam engines have entered the newly developed transport hub. Offered as a one way trip, a Newcastle excursion is a perfect way for Newcastle residents to make their way to Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.

IMPORTANT:
The 10.20am excursion from Maitland to Newcastle Interchange will be pulled by a steam train.
The 2.15pm excursion from Maitland to Newcastle Interchange will be pushed by a steam train.

Prices for 10.20am journey.

TicketPrice
Adults$27.00
Concession/Child*$25.00
Child Under 5$23.00
Family*$90.00

Prices for 2.15pm journey.

TicketPrice
Adults$17.00
Concession/Child*$15.00
Child Under 5$10.00
Family*$52.00


Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 Adults and 2 Children. Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners and Seniors Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive.

Locomotives subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details

13/04/2019
MOUNT THORLEY EXCURSION (RETURN) SATURDAY - RED RATTLERS

Heading west from Maitland, enjoy the scenery as you travel through Branxton, Minimbah and Whittingham on the Mount Thorley Line in a classic 'Red Rattler'. There is a short stop in Mount Thorley before travelling back to Maitland.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$37.00
Concession/Child*$17.00
Child Under 5$12.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children under 17, Government Pensioners (inlcuding people with a disability) and Companion Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock are subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

13/04/2019
PATERSON TO MAITLAND (ONE WAY) SATURDAY - RAIL MOTORS
Take a trip from Paterson to Maitland to catch all the action at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest. Your journey will pass Tocal, Mindaribba, Walka Water Works and finally Maitland Station.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$16.00
Concession/Child*$12.00
Child Under 5$10.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children Under 17, Government Pensioners (including people with a disability) and Companion Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full detail.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

13/04/2019
NEWCASTLE INTERCHANGE TO MAITLAND (ONE-WAY) SATURDAY

Take a historic journey between Newcastle Interchange and Maitland on Locomotive 3265. This journey is set to go down in the record books, as this will be the first time steam engines have entered the newly developed transport hub. Offered as a one way trip, a Newcastle excursion is a perfect way for Newcastle residents to make their way to Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.


IMPORTANT:
The 11.05am excursion from Newcastle Interchange to Maitland will be pushed by a steam engine.
The 3.15pm excursion from Newcastle Interchange to Maitland will be pulled by a steam engine.

Prices for 11.05am journey.

TicketPrice
Adults$17.00
Concession/Child*$15.00
Child Under 5$10.00
Family*$52.00


Prices for 3.15pm journey.

TicketPrice
Adults$27.00
Concession/Child*$25.00
Child Under 5$23.00
Family*$90.00

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 Adults and 2 Children. Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners and Seniors Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive.

Locomotives subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details

13/04/2019
CRIMES OF PASSION TORCHLIGHT TOUR
Crimes of passion, they shock and horrify us, but in almost equal measure they intrigue us. Listen to Maitland Gaol come to life with a series of stories focused around crimes of passion that ended in incarceration or worse. The stories are entwined with love, suspicion, greed and envy, with almost all culminating in a brutal ending.

Available only by torchlight, this tour is sure to leave you with the urge to double check your doors are locked at night.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information presented in this tour may be confronting for people of all ages, and includes adult themes, coarse language, violence and sexual references. Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on this tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
13/04/2019 To 8/06/2019
GREAT TRAIN RACE - MAITLAND (RETURN) 3265 SUNDAY
The highlight of the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2019 program, is undoubtedly the Great Train Race featuring steam engines 3265 and the 3526 running parallel together whilst racing a Tiger Moth aeroplane. Your journey will start in Maitland for the relaxing trip to the start line before you change directions and race against the Tiger Moth back to Maitland. Who will be crowned the winner this year…?

 

TicketPrice
Adults$48
Concession/child*$46
Child under 5$44
Family*$165

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019 9:15 AM
GREAT TRAIN RACE - MAITLAND (RETURN) 3526 SUNDAY
The highlight of the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2019 program, is undoubtedly the Great Train Race featuring steam engines 3265 and the 3526 running parallel together whilst racing a Tiger Moth aeroplane. Your journey will start in Maitland for the relaxing trip to the start line before you change directions and race against the Tiger Moth back to Maitland. Who will be crowned the winner this year…?
TicketPrice
Adults$48
Concession/child*$46
Child under 5$44
Family*$165

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019 9:20 AM
MAITLAND TO PATERSON (ONE WAY) SUNDAY - RAIL MOTORS
Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson. Your journey will start with a glimpse of Walka Water Works Picnic Reserve as you leave the city before you pass through the rolling green countryside, Mindaribba and Tocal.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$16.00
Concession/Child*$12.00
Child Under 5$10.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children Under 17, Government Pensioners (including people with a disability) and Seniors Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock are subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019
PATERSON TO MAITLAND (ONE WAY) SUNDAY - RAIL MOTORS
Take a trip from Paterson to Maitland to catch all the action at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest. Your journey will pass Tocal, Mindaribba, Walka Water Works and finally Maitland Station.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$16.00
Concession/Child*$12.00
Child Under 5$10.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children Under 17, Government Pensioners (including people with a disability) and Companion Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full detail.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019
MOUNT THORLEY EXCURSION (RETURN) SUNDAY - RED RATTLERS

Heading west from Maitland, enjoy the scenery as you travel through Branxton, Minimbah and Whittingham on the Mount Thorley Line in a classic 'Red Rattler'. There is a short stop in Mount Thorley before travelling back to Maitland.

Prices

TicketPrice
Adults$37.00
Concession/Child*$17.00
Child Under 5$12.00

Notes: *Concession tickets apply to Age Pensioners, Seniors, Children under 17, Government Pensioners (inlcuding people with a disability) and Companion Card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock are subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

14/04/2019
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour can also be presented for private groups and may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

14/04/2019 To 15/06/2019
PATERSON EXCURSION (RETURN) SUNDAY - STEAM
Take a scenic trip north to the historic town of Paterson. Your journey will start with a glimpse of Walka Water Works picnic reserve as you leave the city before you pass through the rolling green countryside, Mindaribba and Tocal. There's only a brief stop in Paterson before the return leg back Maitland.

Paterson excursions are a steam pull/diesel push journey.

As there is no ability for the steam engine to be turned around at Paterson, the locomotive and carriages arrive and depart in the same order. This means the steam engine will pull the journey from Maitland to Paterson and will then push the return journey from Paterson to Maitland with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.

TicketPrice
Adults$40.00
Concession/child*$38.00
Child under 5$36.00
Family*$132.00

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full detail.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019 11:15 AM
BRANXTON EXCURSION (RETURN) SUNDAY
Head west for a glimpse of Hunter Valley Wine Country through the towns of Lochinvar, Allandale and Greta. Perfect for those who don’t want to be too far from the action of Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest as the return trip takes just over an hour. The engine for these journeys is the 3265.

Branxton excursions are a steam pull/diesel push journey.

As there is no ability for the steam engine to be turned around at Branxton, the locomotive and carriages arrive and depart in the same order. This means the steam engine will pull the journey from Maitland to Branxton and will then be at the rear to push the return journey from Branxton to Maitland with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.

TicketPrice
Adults$40
Concession/child*$38
Child under 5$36
Family*$132

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent of guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives and rolling stock subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019
PORT WARATAH COAL RUN (RETURN) SUNDAY
Back by popular demand, this is a real treat for all steam enthusiasts. The Port Waratah Coal journey will start in Maitland on route to Newcastle Interchange, Hamilton and Port Waratah before heading west back to Maitland. The return trip will take approximately 3 hours.       

Port Waratah excursions are a steam pull/diesel push journey      

As you depart Maitland heading east, the steam locomotive will push from the rear, assisted by a heritage diesel engine at the front. As you exit Newcastle Interchange the steam will then pull from the front as you head towards Port Waratah. 

TicketPrice
Adults$46.00
Concession/child*$44.00
Child under 5$42.00
Family*$165.00

Notes: *Family tickets consist of 2 adults and 2 children. Concession tickets apply to age pensioners, seniors, children under 17, government pension (including people with a disability) and companion card holders only. Child tickets apply to children 5 - 17 years old inclusive. Children under the age of two years do not require a ticket provided they sit on a parent or guardians lap and do not take a seat.

Locomotives subject to change without notice. Refer to terms and conditions for full details.

The seat selection made with this purchase is a seat preference only.

14/04/2019 1:10 PM
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY - DIG FOR GAOL TREASURE
Digging for treasure at a gaol seems odd, doesn't it? But during this mini tour, children will get to see and hear about some of the interesting and very peculiar things that have been found on the site. They will even get the opportunity to become archaeologists themselves, where they can dig in specially designed tubs to see what they can discover.

The only question is what you will find?

Suitable for ages 5 - 12

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
16/04/2019 To 23/04/2019
LWT: CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES - MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD

Powerful, passionate and provocative, Michael Mohammed Ahmad challenges Australia’s perception of multicultural identities.  His writing explores tribalism, underpinned by the potential for understanding and change.
His first novel, The Tribe, introduced readers to the complex family life of protagonist Bani Adam, a young boy from a religious Lebanese Muslim family in western Sydney.  His new book The Lebs is a resonant novel that also tackles the issue of what it is like to be a Lebanese –Australian.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian Writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing.

Tue 16 Apr
6.00pm – 8.00pm
The Bikesmith
$25


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16/04/2019 6:00 PM
HOLIDAY FUN APRIL: BRIGHT SPARKS

Light up the holidays with this bright circuitry activity. Construct a simple electronic circuit that can light up small LEDS. Create a card that will light up and shine.


Ages 5 - 14

Free

 

17/04/2019 To 24/04/2019
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY - SNITCH'S EASTER EGG HUNT
Children will explore the Gaol looking for Snitch's specially marked eggs. Don't forget to complete the word puzzle so evey child can receive their chocolate Easter surprise. Stay after the hunt to explore the site using your own device on Snitch's self guided audio tour.

We'll also have an appearance from the Easter Bunny, 'Golden egg' Hunt and selfie station for extra special Easter photographs.

Thursday 18 April 2019
Session times: 9.30am and 1.30pm
Age requirement: 4 years and above
Please note - All children must be accompanied by an adult

Booking essential, limited tickets available
18/04/2019
EX-WARDER TORCHLIGHT TOUR

These are a 1½ hour escorted tour through the Maitland Gaol complex from the perspective of the men and women responsible for operating the facility over its 150 years.

Be warned that there are some stories which are not for the feint-hearted. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the "worst of the worst". Be prepared for some harrowing tales.

Not recommended for children under the age of 14 as the information presented may be confronting includes adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references.

Regularly presented as a public day tour on Sundays and as an evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

20/04/2019 To 15/06/2019
JUNIOR SLEUTH: PRISONER DESCRIPTIONS
Junior Sleuth is back, this time learning all about prisoner descriptions.

Following a mini tour of the site, everyone will get the opportunity to buddy up and create a prisoner description of their partner. This will include hair colour, eye colour, height, age and an instant photograph. If all goes well, each new prisoner will be released, and upon their exit marked by a big red stamp. Come along and learn all about prisoner descriptions, what they are used for, and why they are important.

Suitable for ages 5 - 12

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
25/04/2019 11:00 AM
PARANORMAL EXPERIENCE

Do you have an interest in serious paranormal investigation?

Let Renata from Newcastle Ghost Tours take your experience to the next level with Maitland Gaol's Paranormal Experience. With four hours to explore the site you are welcome to investigate with your own equipment, or stick with a seasoned investigator and experience a series of experiments designed to reach out to residual energies.

This experience is for a maximum of 20 people and includes a walk through the site to give each location some context but does not include a tour. The night encourages investigating on a range of levels and is classed as a 'next level' experience, so it's a good idea to have participated in paranormal investigations before.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Please note this is an adults only event. All participants must be 18 years and over.

Price

$90 per person 
26/04/2019 8:00 PM
LWT: STEAM VISIONS

A century ago, Maitland was the focus of an industrial revolution, driven by private companies intent on tapping the massive reserves revealed in surveys by the Government Geologist TW Edgeworth David in the late nineteenth century.

This event will explore the significance of the South Maitland Railway, one of Australia’s great pioneering enterprises and its role in the nation’s industrial and social development.

First-hand accounts of the logistics, challenges and celebrations associated with the ongoing restoration of two of the last 10 Class steam engines remaining in the world - Number 10 and Number 18 - will be presented, along with a tour of the Maitland Rail Museum.

Presented by Maitland City Library with Maitland Rail Museum Incorporated in celebration of SteamFest at the South Maitland Railway Workshops. 

28 April
10.00am - 12.00pm
South Maitland Railway Workshops
Free

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28/04/2019 10:00 AM
LWT: LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE 2019

Maitland has a vibrant, active and diverse writing and publishing scene.  Get an insight into our local writers at this special showcase event.

A dangerous expedition to Douglas Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica is the subject of Graham Murphy’s memoir Safe Return Doubtful.

A gripping saga set in the post war era, By Violence Unavenged, by Annette Young is both suspenseful and humorous.

A rural romance, Waiting for You by Jasmine Stevens, is a captivating story of two friends torn apart by tragedy set in a small country town.

Tue 30 Apr
6.00pm – 7.30pm
East Maitland Library
Free

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30/04/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: FOR FAMILIES - MORRIS GLEITZMAN

Meet one of Australia’s favourite writers Morris Gleitzman in special event for the whole family.
His books explore serious and sometimes confronting subjects in funny and unexpected ways.  His moving and humorous style has endeared him to children and adults alike, and he is one of Australia’s most successful authors, both internationally and at home. He has written over 40 books, including Two Weeks With The Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures and Snot Chocolate.

As 2018-19 Australian Children’s Laureate, Morris is celebrating the transformational power of reading and creativity in the lives of young Australians, sharing his own passion for reading and literacy and to encourage adults to share books with their children.

Wed 8 May
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Town Hall
$10 p.p.


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8/05/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: BREATHWORK

Breathwork is becoming the new frontier on wellness as we look for ways to improve our relationship between mind and body.  Breathwork can be used any time to buffer stress, raise energy levels and influence clarity of thought and decision-making.

Through conscious manipulation of the breath, we can adjust personal chemistry and personal wellbeing, activating the body’s natural healing processes.

Breathwork master and conscious living coach, Jennylee Taylor, reveals how this powerful and self-responsible way to create wellbeing in our lives can improve the relationship between our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states.

Thu 16 May 
6.00pm – 7.30pm
East Maitland Library
Free

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16/05/2019 6:00 PM
A PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE

Do you believe in the paranormal? Both believers and non-believers alike are fascinated by the psychic stories and phenomena described by our resident psychic guide.

To really be immersed in the psychic experience, you will need 2½ hours to hear the history of the Maitland Gaol and the people who have passed through its walls. Be ready for some truly mystifying tales, the answers to which you can decide for yourself.

We don’t guarantee any ghostly activity, but many visitors experience an eerie feeling. Your guide will lead you in this experience. If you are lucky, there may be time for a palm reading or two at the end of the tour.

This tour is not available for children under 14 years as it is conducted at night and the information presented is of an adult and/or confronting nature.

Regularly presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups. Availability of this tour is limited so early booking is especially recommended.

Email us and let us know if you have had any eerie or spooky Maitland Gaol experiences.

17/05/2019 8:00 PM
LWT: QUEEN OF CRIME - CANDICE FOX

Hailed as Australia’s Queen of Crime, Candice Fox is the award winning author of the gripping mysteries Hades, Eden, Fall, Crimson Lake and Redemption Point. In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson resulting in three international best sellers. In 2019, Candice Fox will release not one but three new titles including Gone by Midnight and the latest James Patterson collaboration Hush, Hush.

Join this tour de force in the crime fiction scene as she discusses her path to authordom including her remarkable alliance with international bestselling author James Patterson.

Fri 24 May
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre
$25

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24/05/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: THE ART OF MAGICK - FIONA HORNE

Rockstar, media personality, commercial pilot and modern witch, Fiona Horne reveals her manifesto for living a deeply fulfilled life. Sharing aspirational and motivational stories from her rags to inner riches journey, Fiona will talk about her extraordinary life lessons, including her mantra, don’t get older – get better at living!

Fiona Horne was the lead singer of 90’s electro-rock band, Def FX, before authoring several best-selling books on modern witchcraft.  Her new book, The Art of Witch, shows new ways to embed magick into everyday life.


Thu 13 Jun
6.00pm- 8.00pm
Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre
$25

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13/06/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: HUNTER WINE

Our local community, its culture and people have largely been shaped by the Hunter wine industry. The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region, so its history and heritage are integral to understanding not only how wine has developed but how the local region has evolved.

Australian leading wine historian, academic at the University of Newcastle and co-author of Hunter Wine: a history, Dr Julie McIntyre traces the Hunter wine industry from 1828 through six generations uncovering the historical and technological developments that have culminated in today’s thriving local community.

Presented in conjuction with Maitland Goal Seaonal Harvest Dinner with the option to book for the talk, dinner or both events.

Wed 19 Jun
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Goal Chapel
Talk -  Free

For more information about the dinner visit https://www.maitlandgaol.com.au/events/seasonal-harvest-dinner-and-activity

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19/06/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: EXPLORING ABORIGINAL ASTRONOMY

Aboriginal people have been described as 'the world's first astronomers'. Long before the Greeks and Romans, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people developed a number of practical ways to observe the sun, moon and stars to inform navigation, calendars, and predict weather.

The unique skills and perspectives of Aboriginal people are explored, particularly with regard to traditional knowledge of astronomy and the part it plays in Aboriginal narratives.

Thu 20 Jun
6.00pm - 7.30pm
Brough House
Free

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20/06/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: IN CONVERSATION - HEATHER ROSE

The Museum of Modern Love is a mesmerising literary novel about a lost man in search of connection, a meditation on love, art and commitment that is set against the backdrop of what is considered to be one of the greatest performance art events in modern history - Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.
The Museum of Modern Love was awarded Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize in 2017. Heather Rose has published seven novels for both adults and children including crime, science fiction and fantasy.  Her new novel is due in October 2019.

Join Heather Rose in a fascinating discussion on the genesis of her award winning novel The Museum of Modern Love and on her life as a writer.

Thu 11 Jul
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Maddies of Bolwarra
$25

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11/07/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: A YEAR IN MY LIFE

Maitland’s Citizen of the Year, Amorelle Dempster, is a woman of many passions - slow food, cooking, the environment and serving the local community to name a few.  We reminisce over the past year and find out about this remarkable and energetic woman.

Amorelle is Leader of Slow Food Hunter Valley and the Australian Councillor for Slow Food International.  She is the champion of local farmers, being instrumental in starting the Slow Food Earth Markets at The Levee and provides a kitchen and food rescue passion for a community food program, which provides over150 meals for the disadvantaged each week.

Tue 23 Jul
East Maitland Library
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Free

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23/07/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: FAMILY TENSIONS - MICHAEL SALA

Set in Newcastle with vivid descriptions, Michael Sala’s books, The Last Thread and The Restorer, tackle family tensions and the psychological and physical damage that can result.

Based on his own life, Sala’s moving first novel The Last Thread won the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing in 2013 and was the regional winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize in the same year. The Restorer, described as powerful, poetic and extraordinary, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2017.

Michael Sala currently teaches creative writing at the University of Newcastle.


Thu 15 Aug
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Maddies of Bolwarra 
$25

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15/08/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: MEMORY AND LANDSCAPES LAUNCH

Join us for the launch of Memory and Landscapes, a historic photography exhibition celebrating the places and stories close to Maitland's identity.

This landscape- themed exhibition will unlock stories form our past.

The exhibition Memory and Landscapes is presented in celebration of NSW History Week and features historic phhotographs from the Maitland City Library collection.

Exhibition - 31 Aug – 8 Sep at East Maitland Library

Launch Thu 29 Aug
6.00pm - 7.30pm
East Maitland Library
Free

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29/08/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: FLED: A STORY OF MARY BRYANT - MEG KENEALLY

After publishing four books with her famous father, Meg Keneally debuts her first solo novel in 2019. Fled is based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant and her harrowing journey in search of love, justice and freedom.
Meg is also the co-author of the Montsarrat colonial crime series along with father Tom Keneally, author of the Booker Prize winning Schindler's Ark and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

Thu 26 Sep
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Blackbird Artisan Bakery
$25

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26/09/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: PLANETARY HEALING

Could the world become uninhabitable – a dystopia of insufferable heat, resilient diseases and major climate catastrophes – or can we clean up our act for the future of the planet?

Planetary healing is an integrated approach to re-establishing a harmonious relationship to the Earth. We all have the potential to become active participants in determining the future of our planet.

When we gain control of our health, mental wholeness and wellbeing, we recover our inner balance and can reconnect with the Earth and with others to live a more harmonious and sustainable life.

Thu 17 Oct
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Rutherford Library
Free

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17/10/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: FOR ART'S SAKE

Maitland is home to an exciting art scene and an eclectic mix of galleries and studios.  Get an insight into the stories behind this cultural movement as we talk to those who have a passion for promoting art and culture in Maitland.

Thu 24 Oct
Location to be advised
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Free

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24/10/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: THE SCENE OF HER CRIME - EMMA VISKIC

Emma Viskic is a strong voice on the Australian crime writing scene. Author of the critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series, Emma’s debut novel Resurrection Bay swept up the awards in 2016 winning a Ned Kelly and three Davitt Awards as well as being shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards. Emma followed this success with her second novel And Fire Came Down, which also won the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Novel.

Join us, as Emma discusses the inspiration behind her novels and introduces you to her third book Darkness for Light being published in September 2019.

Tue 29 Oct
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Lavenders Cafe
$25

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29/10/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: THE TATTOOISTS TALE - HEATHER MORRIS

Based on an incredible true story, Heather Morris’s The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the amazing tale of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.  An extraordinary tale of survival, love and the extremes of human behaviour set in the horrific world of the Holocaust, the story arose from three years of conversations between Morris and Sokolov.
Originally written as a screen play The Tattooist of Auschwitz  is Heather Morris debut novel. Heather’s second novel based on one of the characters from The Tattooist if Auschwitz, is due to be published in November 2019.


Tue 19 Nov
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre
$25

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19/11/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: PHILOSOPHY FOR MAITLAND

When French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said the strength of free peoples resides in the local community, what did he mean?

Hunter Valley Socratic Society turn the philosophic lens on Maitland -traversing the expanse of our cultural heritage  to examine community attitudes and expectations and how these may have changed over time.

Celebrating the enduring value of philosophy in our lives, both as an inspiring discipline but also as an everyday practice.

Thu 21 Nov
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Gaol Auditorium
Free

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21/11/2019 6:00 PM