Mortels Sheepskin Factory, Thornton

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Thornton Store Hours | Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5pm | Sat-Sun 9am - 2pm

Warners Bay Store Hours | Mon-Fri 9:30am - 5pm | Sat 9:30am - 2pm


Frank Mortel (master shoe craftsman) and wife Rita emigrated from the Netherlands in 1956 bringing with them the trade of shoe crafting, a trade that was passed down through the Mortel family for over 150 years. Mortels Shoes commenced in Sydney that year and in 1958 they commenced making ugg boots to add to their range of quality footwear.

Since 1958 the Mortel family has established a name and reputation solidly built on expertise and experience. The Mortel family relocated the footwear factory from Sydney to the Hunter Region in 1978. From a shed in Lochinvar, the family continued developing their range of sheepskin products and growing their brand.

Today, the same skills and dedication are exercised by the Mortel family in the manufacture of an exciting range of premium quality sheepskin products.

In 2015, Mortels Sheepskin Factory manufacturing and retail base expanded to offer a unique, interactive and culturally significant visitor experience for the growing number of domestic and international tourists to the beautiful Hunter Region of New South Wales.

From their purpose built Australiana shearing shed style premises, fully guided tours are conducted through the factory on a raised viewing platform where visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a fully operational manufacturing plant. Visitors watch and learn about the making of Mortels UGG boots, from the raw materials used through to the finished product. The tour finishes in store where the very product they have watched being made can be purchased giving visitors greater shopping enjoyment.

In addition to the tour, visitors can enjoy coffee, sweets, breakfast, and lunch from the Café and Gift Gallery @ Mortels, and visit The Sheep’s Back Museum @ Mortels to enjoy the history of the ugg boot and culturally significant stories through the history of sheepskin manufacturing and raising of wool throughout Australia.

Mortels Sheepskin Factory are proud to be the home of The Big UGG Boots - the biggest ugg boots in the world. Australia’s iconic uggs are now a significant landmark that offers a prime photo opportunity!

Mortels Sheepskin Factory is the oldest continuously operating sheepskin factory in the world.

Mortels Sheepskin Factory also has a store at Warners Bay. Just recently moving into newer and much larger premises, their Warners Bay store now stocks more sheepskin products and country clothing including leather hats and oilskin coats. Open 7 days in winter, closed Sunday in summer.
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  • We visited Mortels Cafe this morning for breakfast, what a treat. Service was prompt and friendly, menu is extensive, our choices were hot, large and delicious. Great coffee and spoilt with....  more »
  • Mortels is the home of all things sheepskin in the Hunter region. I've never seen as many UGGS as I saw in Mortels today. They also sell a huge range of quality slippers, kids products, such as...  more »
  • Price is on the highish side BUT definitely value for money. Brunch was delicious and the chips where old school chunky and crunchy. Certainly a fresh change and a pleasure to dine here.
  • Lots of products made on site, plus a museum. The cafe provides a fabulous range of meals at very reasonable prices. The big ugg boots, which are 'dressed up for special occasions' make a great photo opportunity.
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