Pair idyllic wineries and epicurean delights with heritage streetscapes and boutique shops, and you have the charming town of Mudgee. On the banks of the meandering Cudgegong River, discover the perfect spot for a gourmet country adventure.

You’ll find many things to do in and around Mudgee, from wine tasting at cellar doors to exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. You can join a winery, heritage and wilderness tour or go hot-air ballooning with Balloon Aloft for a bird's-eye view of the picturesque countryside.

People browsing the Fine Foods Farmers' Market, in Mudgee

Stroll along the pretty tree-lined streets and admire 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. Accommodation options are plentiful.

Fine food and wine are a big drawcard for Mudgee, which is a 3h 30min drive northwest of Sydney. You’ll find top restaurants such as the Pipeclay Pumphouse, cool wine bars such as Roth’s and lovely cafes. For locally made beers and hearty meals, try the Mudgee Brewing Company.

Grape vines ripening in the Mudgee wine region, NSW

Check out the delightful events calendar, which includes the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, a fun 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.

Mudgee’s night skies are a treat for stargazers. A short drive from the town centre is the Mudgee Observatory, where you can marvel at the Milky Way galaxy through a range of telescopes. There are night and day tours, as well as a theatre and flat screen planetarium.