Mudgee Area

The vines divine

It’s all about wine in Mudgee, a viticultural hotspot in the state’s Central West. But where there’s great wine, there follows brilliant food, amazing artisanal produce and lush accommodation. Toss in picture-postcard country landscapes, wide-open spaces and friendly locals, and it’s easy to see why the region will have you coming back for more.

Towns & villages

The elegant town of Mudgee is on the banks of the Cudgegong River. Its rich pastoral history and colonial gold rush era are reflected in the tree-lined heritage streetscapes. A short drive north is Gulgong, a colonial gold mining town with about 130 heritage-listed buildings, including Australia’s oldest operating opera house.

 

Couple meeting some of the resident throroughbreds at Gooree Park, Galambine near Mudgee, Country NSW

Gooree Park, Galambine

The pretty villages of Rylstone and Kandos sit on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. It’s the home of the endangered Wollemi pine, dubbed the dinosaur tree because of its prehistoric lineage. They are also the gateway to the second-largest canyon in the world, the Capertee Valley (which is 1km wider than the Grand Canyon).

Couple enjoying a wine tasting experience at De Beaurepaire Wines, Rylstone

De Beaurepaire Wines, Rylstone

Food & wine

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 top 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, from cafes and pubs to high-end restaurants like The Zin House and Pipeclay Pumphouse.

Family and friends enjoying wines at Rosby Wines & Guesthouse, Eurunderee, Mudgee

Rosby Wines & Guesthouse, Eurunderee

Outdoors adventure

There are plenty of other 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.

Dunns Swamp - Wollemi National Park - Rylstone

Dunns Swamp, Wollemi National Park

Getting there

The Mudgee region is a 3hr 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 5 to 6 hrs.

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