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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Tours offer taste of Maitland’s rich history

A new walking tour is helping to celebrate and cultivate Maitland’s rich history and support local businesses.

A Taste of Maitland is the new guided tour from local events management company Umbrella Tours.

Director Lisa Fraser started the business in 2014 as a way to branch out and, in 2019, launched the walking tours to play her part in celebrating Maitland as a regional tourism destination.

A keen traveller, Ms Fraser’s motivation stemmed from her own experiences during walking tours whilst on holiday.

“The first tour, A Moving Feast, is a 3.5-hour progressive dinner that highlights Maitland’s growing restaurant and small bar scene, and is very successful,” she said.

“The most recent tour to launch, A Taste of Maitland, is a curated 3.5-hour walking tour focusing on Maitland’s rich history, which dates back to the early 1800s, a range of small bespoke businesses and diverse coffee culture.

“Local experiences offer valuable local perspective and that’s something visitors don’t have the time or knowledge to research when coming somewhere new.”

The tour takes groups on a fully curated tour around six local businesses, including Dennerley Leather Designs and the Bikesmith Espresso.

Participants also receive a passport with fun facts about Maitland, historic images, recipes from community groups, and a map of where to walk.  

Maitland is recognised as one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, with a growth rate consistently above 2% each year, and is now home to more than 83,000 people.

Ms Fraser said the tour could provide new residents with a good chance to immerse themselves in local history and businesses and see the quirky side of Maitland.

“It’s critical that people discover the stories and rich history of regional areas such as Maitland,” she said.

“Not everyone who lives here are long -term locals; we highly encourage new residents to the community to jump on a tour and discover Maitland for themselves.

“People can’t travel overseas, but are still looking to explore and what better way than looking locally to find things and places to go.”

The tour begins at 9am and caters for between six and 12 people, costing $75 per person, with an optional extra of $30 for lunch at COQUUN in Maitland, which includes a glass of local wine.

Visit Umbrella Events’ website for more information.