Mudgee is a great little town of 8500 people resting comfortably at the foot of the hills. It is about 3 1/2 hours drive from Sydney making it a popular destination for a weekend break. Mudgee is the second oldest town west of the blue mountains and has many historical buildings, many of which are listed with the National Trust.

There are 40 odd cellar doors in the distict, most trading 7 days a week. Mudgee is best known for its earthy reds, in particular Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Of late, it is also becomiing known for its whites such as Riesling and Italian varieties such as Pinot Grigio.

 

Mudgee is also fast gaining a reputation as a 'Foodie " destination. There are many restaurants, coffee shops and  cafes to choose from. Dining here is a fun and casual experience. 

Mudgee is also a great cycling destination with just enough hills to be a challenge but not enought to wear the riders out. It is very popular to cycle amongst the vineyards.

For the star gazers theres a privately operated observatory. The stars are incredibly bright on a moonless winters night.

In town, there are beautiful old brick houses dating back to the 1800s and many of the old shops have been converted to restaurants/cafes.  In autumn the streets are beautiful with the leaves changing colour.

While in Mudgee take the time to explore the region. 

Visit Rylstone and Kandos - it's only about a 30 minute drive to Rylstone through Lue (a small village with original hotel & shop) and then beautiful sloping farming country.  Rylstone is a really pretty small town with historic buildings and quite a few really good café restaurants.  The Globe pub with its beer garden is very popular as well.  The  next town, Kandos, has undergone a radical transformation from when it was a cement/mining town and has become very arty and hosts a range of different fairs/festivals over the year.  Both Rylstone and Kandos attract weekenders from Sydney, as well as those looking to move away from the city. 

Secondly, the Bylong Valley is a sensational drive.  Taking the same Rylstone road, there is a well signposted left turn to Bylong and from there you drive through beautiful native eucalypt forests and magnificent rock cliff formations before descending into the valley through farming and horse/cattle studs.  The village itself is really small with one local shop (selling everything, including coffee) & fuel station and then you can either take a loop road back to Mudgee (a small amount of dirt road) or continue on to Denman, driving through more farming country and the Goulburn River, back up the range and on to Denman - into wine & horse stud country (and a good town to stop for lunch).  Bylong Valley is a lovely hidden gem.  This drive will take a couple of hours at least, more if you drive to Denman and then back to Mudgee.