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Mudgee is located 3-and-a-half hours from Sydney, in the wine region of New South Wales. Around Mudgee, you will find dozens of wineries that offer cellar door tastings, accommodation and stunning views. You will also find a large number of heritage-listed colonial buildings that offer interesting architecture and history. Mudgee has a lot going for it as a travel destination, with many stunning drives to national parks and other rural towns.
If you come to Mudgee for the wine, you stay for the food, with local produce in the food bowl of New South Wales being used in a wide range of restaurants. You can enjoy everything from fine dining to casual pub meals in one of the historic hotels. Many of the wineries in Mudgee are award-winning, both in Australia and Internationally, serving all types of wine, from Chardonnay to Merlot. It doesn’t matter what your drop of choice is; one of the more than 40 family-owned wineries accommodate your tastes. The wine history in the region stretches back to the 1850s, and the pleasant climate produces wines that burst with flavour. Many travellers take a trip to Mudgee just for the wine, with weekend packages a popular venture in the region.
There are various places to stay in Mudgee, from unique boutique hotels to staying at one of the wineries. With a rental car, anywhere is a possible stay, with just a short drive from any of the wineries in the region into Mudgee downtown.
Mudgee has a long colonial history, with many historic and heritage-listed buildings dotted throughout the town. The main streets are large and tree-lined, as was the choice in the mid-1800s. Take your rental car on a self-driving tour of all these locations; the visitors information centre will provide a pamphlet of the best historical locations to see in town.
Although the region is famous for wine, there are some other alcoholic beverages to enjoy responsibly in Mudgee. Take a trip to Mudgee Brewing CO. The brewing is housed in a rustic former wool store that has a history stretching back 100 years. The new brewing company was established in 2007 and is tapping into the rich history of brewing in the region. Try the famed Mudgee Mud Stout that is reviving the legend. There are 12 different local brews to try during your stay in Mudgee; it’s a great place to sit back and relax after a day of activities and exploring.
The beverages in Mudgee continue to flow at the Baker Williams Distillery. With handcrafted Gin, Whiskey, and Butterscotch Schnapps. With a cellar door option, this impressive Husband and Wife Duo of Nathan and Hellen Williams are proving there is more to Mudgee than wine. If you’re driving to any of Mudgee’s famed wineries, distilleries, and breweries, please ensure you have a designated driver and always drive responsibly.
Mudgee is surrounded by national parks that make a great day or weekend trip in the region. Driving from Sydney, you will pass straight through the Blue Mountains National Park on your way to Mudgee, but closer to the town is the just as impressive Wollemi National Park, the most extensive stretch of wilderness in New South Wales. With lakes, hiking trails, dense forests and more, the national park has something to suit every nature lover. Pass through stunning gorges and kayak down the Colo River. Along with these geological marvels, you will find some of Australia’s most iconic native inhabitants, such as multiple species of wallaby and kangaroo.