March 11, 2019 / By Ailsa Kemp
Mudgee is possibly one of the most underrated yet stunning country regions northwest of Sydney. With the town on the banks of Cudgegong River, it has a rich pastoral and colonial gold rush history that can be easily seen in the sandstone buildings. It is the perfect destination if you want to truly get away from the hassle of the city and explore a region that is well known for wine and produce.
The tree-lined streets will be what first strikes you when you arrive, quickly followed by a stunning sandstone cathedral which dates back to 1857. There are many other colonial buildings that will easily take your attention, including the Mudgee Post Office so make sure you set some time aside to just walk the main street and take it in. Actually, one of the best ways to experience the region is to stay over the night before, get up before dawn and get in a hot air balloon. It is truly an experience you will never forget.
Thanks to its climate, Mudgee is producing some of the best wine and food in the region and has been since 1850. As a result, you can take some fantastic tours where you can explore the local wineries, talk with the owners and sample from their cellar to see what all the fuss is about. Many of the wineries offer lunch to go along with their cellar tours so they can pair their vintages with excellent local produce.
Speaking of food, some of the finest food in the state can be found at Mudgee, with acclaimed restaurants such as Zin House and Pipeclay Pumphouse calling it home. True foodies will have also heard of Mudgee's Food and Wine Festival that's held annually every spring for an entire month. It's well worth the drive from Sydney if you love gourmet food and a classic glass of delicious wine. If you happen to miss the big festival though, you might catch the Farmer's Market on every 3rd Saturday of the month in the grounds of the cathedral where you can get a basket full of freshly picked produce.
It's not just food, wine and sandstone that make Mudgee a special destination. With almost no light pollution and if you're willing to do a short drive, you can visit the Mudgee Observatory after dark. Here, you can see the Milky Way galaxy through several different telescopes and marvel at the sky we know so little about. You don't have to have a passion for astrology to feel awestruck after looking into one of their telescopes!
You can easily spend a day, a weekend or even an entire week exploring Mudgee and its surrounds, so what are you waiting for?
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