When Frank Mortel (master shoe craftsman) and his wife Rita emigrated from the Netherlands in 1956, they brought 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 began 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. 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 expanded to introduce a unique, interactive and culturally significant visitor experience to the growing number of domestic and international tourists to the beautiful Hunter
Region of NSW.
From their purpose built Australiana shearing shed style premises in Thornton, 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 the store where the very product they have watched being made can be purchased giving visitors greater shopping
In addition to the tour, visitors can enjoy coffee, sweets, breakfast, and lunch from the Café and Gift Gallery at Mortels, plus visit The Sheep’s Back Museum. Here you can 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 is 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! You can also enjoy browsing online through the wide range of quality Australian made goods. For more information, visit www.mortels.com.au