Mudgee sits 270km north west of Sydney in the Cudgegong Valley. The region is dotted with cute country towns and has long lured visitors with its boutique cellar doors, local galleries and heritage-listed architecture. When you’ve explored the offerings of Mudgee’s main streets, make for the neighbouring towns of Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos.
Planes, trains and automobiles
Getting to Mudgee is a cinch. Jetsetters can touchdown with a commercial fight into Dubbo – QANTAS and Rex Airlines have flights daily – and from there, it’s a 90-minute drive into Mudgee. Jumping aboard a train is ideal for those who get their kicks from staring dreamily out a window – the scenery on this trip is seriously beautiful. From Sydney, hop onto a Sydney Rail Network service to Lithgow: trains run daily and the trip takes just under three hours. From Lithgow station, a CountryLink coach can take you to Mudgee. If you prefer to drive from Sydney, the Great Western Highway winds through the Blue Mountains; alternatively, take the Bells Line of Road for pretty bushland scenery.
Wining and dining
Mornings in Mudgee start with a cafe breakfast at one of the town’s eateries – the fare here will give your local haunt a run for its money – before working off any over-indulgence with a walk through Wollemi National Park or Dunns Swamp. When you feel the need for refreshment, join a wine-tasting tour or opt for a light lunch at one of the winery restaurants. If you’re visiting on a weekend, the farmers' markets are brimming with local produce; certain dates also herald Mudgee’s famous farm walks, where foodies can visit regional produces and graze on paddock-to-plate fare. If that wasn’t enough, the region also features hot-air ballooning, dune buggies, day spas and cycling tracks.