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Mortels Sheepskin Factory

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Mortels Sheepskin Factory is a multi-award winning Australian-owned family business. Mortels offer fully guided factory tours, The Sheep's Back Museum, Cafe & Gift Gallery, a store with an impressive collection sheepskin and Australiana products and are also home of The Big UGG Boots. Mortels Sheepskin Factory is the oldest continuously operating ugg boot factory in the world.


Mortels Sheepskin Factory has been manufacturing and retailing sheepskin products since 1958. In 2015, Mortels Sheepskin Factory’s manufacturing and retail base expanded to offer a unique, interactive and culturally significant visitor experience.

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, sounds and smells 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. Tours are conducted 11am daily Monday - Friday or other times by group bookings. Allow 45 minutes for tour, a cost does apply. 

In addition to the tour; visitors can enjoy all day breakfast or lunch from the Cafe & Gift Gallery or book a tour & morning tea/lunch package, visit The Sheep's Back Museum to enjoy the history of the UGG boot and culturally significant stories through the the history of sheepskin manufacutring and raising of wool throughout Australia along with Mortels history. Both Cafe and Museum are under the same roof as the factory and store. Entry to Museum is by gold coin donation.

Mortels store showcases an impressive collection of sheepskin products made on their premises as well as the largest range of cow hide products in the Hunter and other Australiana and country wear products. On the 3rd Sunday of each month Mortels opens their grounds up to The Sunday Muster artisan market. This market compliments Mortels locally made values by bringing together 80+ creators, designers and makers of a large range of handmade products.

Mortels Sheepskin Factory is a multi award winning Australian owned family business and the oldest continuously operating UGG boot factory in the world. Mortels are proud to be the home of The Big UGG Boots - Australia’s iconic UGGs are a significant landmark that offers a prime photo opportunity!


Map & Directions

1 Weakleys Dr,


Located 2 minutes pass the end of M1 Sydney to Newastle Motorway. When reaching the end of M1 continue straight ahead towards New England Highway, drive under the overpass and when you run out of road, Mortels is located on the right hand side. At that final roundabout, exit at the 3rd exit and turn left into driveway just pass The Big UGG Boots.


Phone: 02 4966 0990