Entering the Mudgee Region, you know that you have found something truly special. It's gorgeous rolling hills, picturesque vineyards and expansive farmland set the framework for a relaxing and satisfying country escape. With over 40 cellar doors, quaint shops, first-rate restaurants and cafes, magnificent historic buildings, museums, galleries, manicured gardens and stunning National Parks, the Mudgee Region has something to offer all visitors.
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With quiet country roads and the close proximity of town, vineyards and cellar doors, cycling is an ideal way to explore the region. If you would rather not bring your own bike, classic cruisers can be rented at Pieter van Gent Winery or in town at Country Fit Bicycle Hire. The Cycle Mudgee Region ride booklet features a number of rides of varying length and difficulty across the Mudgee Region. Click here to download your copy now and start planning your Mudgee rides. Mudgee also has some great mountain biking trails. Most of the trails are detailed on Trailforks.
TARONGA WESTERN PLAINS ZOO
Venture further afield to experience a day at the acclaimed Western Plains Taronga Zoo. A mere 1 hour 20 minute drive from Mudgee means that you can enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse and be in Dubbo in time to experience a full day with the animals. You will be impressed with the zoo's unique design, where visitors are surrounded by exotic wildlife wandering in wide open plains. Hire a bicycle or golf cart and explore over 3 square kilometres of bushland with over 700 animals to encounter.
EVENTS IN MUDGEE
Mudgee offers an array of special events throughout the year. Find out what’s on in the calendar below (courtesy of Mudgee Region Tourism):
We are fortunate to have over 40 boutique cellar doors in our region. Take time to taste the wide array of wines, learn a thing or two about the winemaking process and understand why our local winemakers and grape growers are so passionate about our region. Many cellar doors also offer visitors an opportunity to sample local products such as Mudgee olive oil, fresh figs, cheeses and homemade chocolates. Purchase a bottle of fine Mudgee wine to enjoy with an antipasto platter or light lunch offered at select cellar doors.
Quality cafes, restaurants and pubs abound in this small country town. Never fear – you will be able to enjoy a great cup of coffee here! Treat yourselves to a lovely coffee and sweet treat at one of the local cafes, a leisurely long lunch at a cellar door or a sophisticated dinner at one of Mudgee's fine restaurants. Make time for pre-dinner drinks at the local wine bar or one of Mudgee's popular pubs.
Sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving! Enjoy a half or full day small group wine tour led by one of Mudgee's knowledgeable guides. Choose an organised tour or design your own private tour. For the more adventurous, enjoy a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, a helicopter flight or a joyflight in a vintage bi-plane.
Only 20 minutes from Mudgee is the 19th Century gold rush town of Gulgong, which is home to nearly 130 charming National Trust classified buildings. Take a stroll along the quaint streets and enjoy the historic buildings, such as the Prince of Wales Opera House, the oldest continually operating opera house in the country. Save some time to explore the Henry Lawson Centre and the fascinating Gulgong Pioneer Museum.
The Mudgee Region is home to a number of stunning National Parks and Nature Reserves which offer a rich variety of wildlife and spectacular scenery. Make the most of the fabulous walking trails, campgrounds and watersport opportunities in these areas:
GANGUDDY (DUNNS SWAMP)
Take a day trip from Mudgee to Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp), a spectacular dam on the banks of the Cudgegong River on the border of Wollemi National Park. This is an ideal place to bushwalk and to take in outstanding views of the sandstone Pagoda Rocks. It is also a hot spot for those interested in canoeing, fishing, camping, birdwatching and swimming. Hire a kayak or enjoy a guided kayak tour with Southern Cross Kayaking during the warmer months.
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, why not spend the afternoon exploring the vast collection of historical relics at the Gulgong Pioneer Museum or the smaller Colonial Inn Museum in Mudgee. The Henry Lawson Centre in Gulgong also offers a look at the life of one of the area’s more famous former residents.
Hill End is a gorgeous historic gold mining town located 74km from Mudgee. Wander the streets of this unique town and imagine what life was like here during its mining heyday. Enjoy a tour of an old gold mine, try your hand at gold panning, treat yourself to a cuppa at the bakery or settle in for a drink at the pub with the locals.