City profile

Maitland is blessed with scenic beauty and is located at the centre of the Hunter Valley.

Heritage buildings, unique villages and welcoming people, an attractive lifestyle and convenient location are just some of the factors that have led to Maitland becoming the fastest growing non-metro region in NSW.

The local government area covers 396km² from Woodberry in the east to Lochinvar in the west, Tocal to the north, and Gillieston Heights to the south. Our nearly 80,000 residents are settled in town centres, new and growing suburbs and quiet rural areas. Our residents come from a broad cross section of society, and this range will continue to expand as our city grows, adding to our deep rooted spirit and identity. By 2023, we expect about 90,000 people to call our city home. We have a wonderful community of residents and you can find out more statistics by exploring our Community Profile further. 

396
Square kilometres, is the size of our local government area
80,000
Number of residents
41km
Distance from Newcastle

Maitland is one of the oldest regional centres in Australia, built on the banks of the Hunter River, and it continues to be a key centre in the Hunter Region.

Arguably Maitland’s greatest asset is its location on the rich alluvial flats of the Hunter and Paterson Rivers. It is one of the most highly productive areas in NSW and a service centre for a rich agricultural hinterland. With access to two national highways, a 90 minute freeway drive to Sydney, 30 minutes to the vineyards, Newcastle and Port Stephens, close proximity to airports, shipping terminals and freight rail access, you won’t find a better base than Maitland.

Council is extremely proactive in making Maitland an attractive proposition. It understands that through commercial growth, Maitland can build on its reputation as one of Australia’s greatest cities and commercial centres. Visit the doing business in Maitland page if you want to find out more information or take a look at our city's Economic Profile.