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Maitland lies in the golden heart of the Yorke Peninsula, serving a prosperous rural community. Rich limestone soils support fat lambs, barley, wheat, and oats that make up the main primary production in the surrounding area. A grid system similar to Adelaide's, with a green belt surrounding the town centre was used when Maitland was laid out in the 1870's; today, the middle of Maitland is uniquely ringed by a golf course.
The central location of Maitland makes it an ideal base for touring the Yorke Peninsula. The seaside towns of Port Victoria, on the west coast or Ardrossan on the east coast are each approximately twenty-three kilometres away and the Copper Triangle towns of Kadina, Moonta and Wallaroo are all within easy distance for a day trip. The town also has a museum, which is worth a visit for a look at the heritage of the area.