Mudgee Area

From gourmet discoveries and gold rush heritage to charming towns and UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Mudgee wine region in Country NSW has it all. Enjoy delicious food and wine experiences, as well as great outdoor adventures such as bushwalking, ballooning and fishing.

The elegant town of Mudgee is on the banks of the meandering Cudgegong River, a 3h 30min drive northwest of Sydney, via the Blue Mountains. The area’s rich pastoral history and colonial gold rush era is reflected in the tree-lined heritage streetscapes, perfect for walking and cycling.

Sun setting on an elegant heritage streetscape, Mudgee

A short drive north is Gulgong, a colonial goldmining town that’s home to about 130 heritage-listed buildings, including Australia’s oldest operating opera house. A scenic drive southeast of Mudgee is delightful Rylstone, the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park.

This spectacular natural beauty is home to the rare and endangered Wollemi pine, nicknamed the dinosaur tree because its prehistoric lineage. A short drive south of Rylstone is Kandos, a gateway to the second-largest canyon in the world, the breathtaking Capertee Valley.

Sweeping scenic view of the Capertee Valley, near Kandos, NSW

Winemaking in the region dates back to the 1850s, with the temperate climate allowing for the slow ripening of grapes, producing robust wines. Some of Mudgee’s wineries include Lowe Wines, Robert Stein Winery, Huntington Estate, Logan and Robert Oatley Vineyards.

You can visit cellar doors directly or join a wine tour. The month-long Mudgee Wine and Food Festival in Spring is a highlight of the region’s events calendar. Enjoy an assortment of dining options, with welcoming cafes, pubs and award-winning restaurants.

There’s plenty of other wonderful things to do in the Mudgee region, from kayaking at Dunns Swamp on the edge of Wollemi to stargazing at the Mudgee Observatory and watching a sunrise above the vineyards in a Balloon Aloft hot-air balloon. Accommodation options suit various budgets.

GREAT FOOD AND WINE EXPERIENCES

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  1. Gulgong Markets

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Saturday 27 July 2019 , Gulgong

    Gulgong Markets are a group of local art, crafts, food plants and produce stalls that come together every fourth Saturday in Coronation Park, Gulgong. Gulgong's 19th century charater creates a beautiful atmosphere for their quirky and…

    25 Jan - 27 Jul
  2. Rylstone Artisan and Produce Markets

    Saturday 09 February 2019 to Saturday 11 May 2019 , Rylstone

    Held on the second Saturday of the month in the Rylstone and Kandos Area. A group of Rylstone residents started the Rylstone Markets in May 2011. This not for profit body operates a community monthly market in Rylstone, on the second…

    09 Feb - 11 May
  3. Mudgee Region Food and Drink Trail

    Saturday 23 March 2019 to Sunday 24 March 2019 , Mudgee

    A culinary adventure through the Mudgee Region, sampling expertly crafted local food and drink matches. Traverse the Trail alone, in a couple or with a group of friends and discover a delectable drop with a small bite at each participating…

    23 Mar - 24 Mar
  4. Mudgee Hot Air Balloon Festival

    Saturday 25 May 2019 to Friday 31 May 2019 , Mudgee

    The Mudgee Hot Air Ballooning Festival is an exciting new week long event in the Mudgee Region that will feature: Mudgee NIght Glow: A fantastic family event where hot air balloons will light up the night sky at Glen Willow Stadium in a…

    25 May - 31 May
  5. Mudgee Night Glow

    Saturday 25 May 2019 , Mudgee

    Glen Willow Stadium will host the first-ever Mudgee Night Glow. The evening will include a family friendly night market offering some of the region’s best food, wine and hand-made crafts, along with live musical performances to entertain…

    25 May
  6. Mudgeeque

    Saturday 01 June 2019 , Mudgee

    Barbecue and Smokin’ Meats Festival featuring local produce, musicians, craft brewers, distillers and winemakers. The event will be held at Melrose Park, Melrose Road, a heritage property with great views and which hosts deer, sheep,…

    01 Jun