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Mudgee is one of the country’s great wine towns, where wineries set on rolling hills serve award-winning drops and epicurean fare. Set on the banks of the pretty Cudgegong River, the town still possesses all the character of its 19th century past. Mudgee offers something for every kind of country traveller.
Things to do
There are many things to do in and around Mudgee, from wine tasting at cellar doors and shopping in excellent boutiques to exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. Join a winery, heritage and wilderness tour or go hot-air ballooning with Balloon Aloft.
Stroll along the elegant tree-lined streets and you’ll find many well-preserved colonial buildings, including the Mudgee Post Office, designed by architect Alexander Dawson and built in 1862. Parts of the sandstone St Mary’s Catholic Church date back to 1857.
Food and wine
You’ll find top restaurants like Pipeclay Pumphouse and Zin House, cool wine bars such as Roth's Wine Bar and lovely cafes, like Alby & Esther’s tucked down an historic cobblestone laneway. For locally made beers and hearty meals, try the Mudgee Brewing Company.
Be sure to check out the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, a month-long celebration in spring. Pick up fresh produce from the Mudgee region at the Mudgee Fine Foods Farmers’ Market, held on the third Saturday of the month in the grounds of St Mary’s.
Night time wonders
Mudgee’s night skies are a bonus for stargazers. A short drive from the town centre is the Mudgee Observatory, where you can see the Milky Way galaxy through a range of telescopes. There are night and day tours, as well as a theatre and flat screen planetarium.
Getting there and where to stay
Mudgee is a 3h 30min drive northwest of Sydney, via the Blue Mountains. Fly Pelican operates direct flights between Sydney and Mudgee six days a week. You can also catch a train and coach service from Sydney and the journey takes around five to six hours. There are many places to stay in Mudgee including boutique hotels, motels and winery guesthouses.