The charismatic and historic gold rush town of Mudgee is defined by truly dramatic and evocative landscapes of sweeping mountain ranges and lush rolling hill-scapes. Settled in the picturesque basin of the Cudgegong Valley, the town has a rich national heritage with roots going as far back as the 1800s. Being just over two hours drive out of Sydney, Mudgee is the perfect location for a country escape. With a wealth of activities, historic sites, national parks, star gazing, camping, gold panning, cafes, bird watching and a bustling arts community, there is something here to be enjoyed by everyone.
Mudgee might have started out with some 200 residents flocking to the area during the gold rush in the mid 1800s, but these days, Mudgee is a thriving wine region, with some 40 highly successful wineries producing award winning wines. Some of the vineyards are multiple generation wine estates, and you can sample and purchase everything from boutique wines to delightful sparkling wines produced right here in the valley.
Mudgee Observatory - The privately owned observatory is just 15 minutes drive outside of the town of Mudgee to where the skies are massive and breath taking. The cutting edge planetarium runs informative, educational and fascinating showcases for the day and night time. There is a great coffee and book shop.
Mudgee Minature Railway - Built to encourage the hobby of model engineering in the 80s, the miniature railway gives visitors rides on electric, steam and petrol trains. The track is 1700 feet long and has 2 sizes of trains for visitors to enjoy. Kids will love the chance to ride on a tiny steam train, again and again.
Leaning Oak - With more than 120 sheep and 50 dairy goats in their stock, the owners Gloria and Alan are offering a unique farm-to-plate experience for their visitors, and of course the locals. Going back to basics, all of their cheese and dairy is produced organically on their farm. Enjoy the tastings of their natural produce as well as their wine. Kids can interact with their animals and meet Al the alpaca.
Grathlyn Farm - A hardworking merino wool farm, this is a chance for families and visitors to get together and see how wool is made as it comes off the sheep right up to the finished product. You can see the sheep being shorn, feed the poddy calf and the lambs, watch the dogs working hard on the farm, and enjoy a day playing sheep farmer!
Roar and Snore at the Dubbo Zoo - This is a one of a kind adventure for the entire family, provided your little ones are over 5 years of age. Head out to the zoo for an overnight adventure starting with an Outback dinner, and then heading off with a zoo educator on a night walk to see all the nocturnal animals. Sleep under the stars in a tented camp, and wake up surrounded by the calls of animals rising for the day. Breakfast is served and your zoo adventure is just beginning.
Wollemi National Park - As part of the Blue Mountains World Heritage site, the Wollemi National Park is one of the most popular outdoor adventure spots in the area. With incredible scenery, teeming with wild life and natural formations, there are plenty of places to swim, hike, camp, picnic, canoe and go bush walking.
Mudgee Brewing Company - The exciting Mudgee Brewing Company is a unique boutique beer brewing house. Located in a fantastic old wool store, they make some of the best local beers, and have seasonal specialities on tap as well. Try their top 5 specialities : Porter, Spring, Light, Pale Ale, Wheat and their latest Mudgee Mud.