Wine-tasting, Mudgee, Tourism New South Wales

Population 8248

Mudgee derives its name from the Wiradjuri word 'moothi', meaning 'nest in the hills'. The name is apt as the town is situated among green and blue hills in the Cudgegong River Valley. Mudgee is graced with wide streets and historic Victorian buildings and is the centre of the Mudgee Wine Region, one of the largest winegrowing regions in Australia. Local produce features heavily in town and includes fresh silver perch, yabbies, venison, lamb, asparagus, summer berries, peaches and hazelnuts.

Visitor Information

84 Market St; (02) 6372 1020 or 1800 816 304

Nearby national parks

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  • Wollemi National Park

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  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

Nearby towns

  • Gulgong

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  • Rylstone

    Visitors are drawn to Rylstone for its rural tranquillity. This old stone village is on the Cudgegong River and is a popular spot for...more

  • Wellington

    Wellington is a typical Australian country town with a wide main street, numerous monuments to significant local people and attractive...more

In Town

Colonial Inn Museum: local history in photographs, documents, machinery, dolls and agricultural implements; check opening times (02) 6372 3365; Market St. Honey Hive: honey, jam and mustard tastings, and bees under glass; Church St.

Heart of Mudgee: a gourmand's delight where you can enjoy the local produce, tastings, local art and craft; Court St.

Lawson Park: home to possums, water rats and tortoises. Includes a playground, barbecues and duck pond; Short St. Mandurah at the Railway: local art and craft cooperative at the historic railway station; Cnr Inglis and Church sts.

Mudgee Brewing Company: enjoy some pale ale at this home-grown brewery; Church St.

Roth's Wine Bar: oldest wine bar in NSW with displays of wine history in the region and a wide selection of local wines; Market St.

Mudgee Observatory: astronomical wonders of the NSW sky. Day and night sessions available; Old Grattai Rd.

Melrose Park Deer Farm: deer roam in parkland setting; venison tastings and sales; Melrose Rd. Town trail: self-guide walk taking in National Trust buildings including St John's Church of England (1860) and the Regent Theatre; brochure available from visitor centre.


Mudgee wine region Just over the Great Dividing Range from the Hunter Valley. Huntington Estate makes splendid cabernet sauvignon and hosts the annual Huntington Estate Music Festival. Self-guided drives brochure from visitor centre. Read more.

Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve Over 160 bird species have been identified here, including the rare regent honeyeater. For bushwalkers, the Castle Rock walking trail is an 8 km journey with stunning views from sandstone outcrops. Camping, barbecue and picnic facilities are available; 34 km NE.

Mount Vincent Mead: one of the few places in the country producing mead (an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and water). Tastings and sales available; 4 km SW.

Site of Old Bark School: attended by Henry Lawson and made famous in several of his poems. Eurunderee Provisional School is nearby with historical displays of school life; 6 km N.

Fragrant Farm: garden and craft shop with doll museum; 8 km SW.

Pick Your Own Farm: variety of fruit and vegetables; open Oct–May; 12 km S.

Windermere Dam: watersports, trout fishing and camping facilities; 24 km SE.

Hargraves: old goldmining town where Kerr's Hundredweight was discovered in 1851, yielding 1272 oz of gold. Ask at general store for gold-panning tours; 39 km SW.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Blue Wren Restaurant

Tucked away at the Blue Wren Winery and Cellar Door, this highly recommended restaurant is steered by chef Damien Beard, former apprentice to Matt Moran of Sydney’s Aria restaurant. The menu is driven by local... Find out more

Deeb’s Kitchen

Deeb’s Kitchen is a local institution, beloved for its rustic atmosphere, warm and inviting service, and excellent food. Chef Bechora’s devotion to his homeland’s Lebanese cuisine even attracts... Find out more

Eltons Brasserie

Located in the heart of Mudgee, Eltons Brasserie is one of the area’s most popular restaurants. The lovely, old shopfront has leadlights and an excellent wood-fired pizza oven in the courtyard, which is fired up... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cudgegong Waters Park 31 km

On the southern edge of Windamere Dam, Cudgegong Waters Park has all the activities and facilities a water-loving outdoor enthusiast could ask for. Fishing is a particular drawcard, with golden and silver perch, Murray... Find out more

Mookerawa Waters Park camping area 44 km

To get here, follow Mookerawa Rd for 10 km from Stuart Town, off the Wellington–Orange Rd. Facilities and activities match those at the Lake Burrendong State Park camping area, but there are no powered sites here.... Find out more

Lake Burrendong State Park camping area 47 km

Turn onto Burrendong Rd off Wellington–Orange Rd north of Mumbil, and you’ll soon find this camping area. Activities include golf, sailing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, waterskiing and a waterslide.... Find out more

Glendora camping area 50 km

Glendora is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee. Hill End’s fascinating gold-rush history draws crowds of up to 35 000 annually, and... Find out more

The Village camping area 51 km

This is one of 2 camping areas in the vicinity of Hill End, a small village with a fascinating goldmining history. Hill End is 85 km north of Bathurst via Sofala and 72 km south of Mudgee; the campground is in the... Find out more

Coles Bridge camping area 51 km

Coles Bridge is about 15 km west of Sofala on the Turon River. Both the river and Sofala are historically significant: the river for the site of one of the first alluvial gold rushes in Australia; the town for being the... Find out more

Wallaby Rocks Crossing camping area 53 km

This is another of the small camping areas picturesquely set beside the Turon River close to the historic goldmining town of Sofala, 45 km north of Bathurst. Wallaby Rocks Crossing is on the eastern side of the bridge,... Find out more

Crossley Bridge camping area 54 km

Crossley Bridge camping area is 500 m west of the historic goldmining town of Sofala, 45 km north of Bathurst, in a small bend on the northern banks of the Turon River. There’s an access track 200 m north of the... Find out more

Turon Crossing Reserve camping area 55 km

On the Bridle Track, there are 2 campsites included in Turon Crossing Reserve: 7.3 km and 8.2 km south of Hill End. A concrete causeway crossing of Turon River 8 km south of Hill End may be impassable after rain, even... Find out more

Cave Hole Reserve camping area 55 km

On the Bridle Track, on the northern side of Monaghans Bluff, Cave Hole Reserve is about 9 km south of Hill End. Bring drinking water, firewood, a gas/fuel stove and a spare tyre.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wellington Valley Caravan Park 60 km

On the Mitchell Highway on the eastern approach to Wellington this older park has been renovated and transformed. The convenient drive-through sites and grassy camping areas are a feature.... Find out more

Wellington Riverside Tourist Park 61 km

This is a well-maintained park on the banks of the Macquarie River, close to the highway and just a short walk to the centre of town. The park has good facilities at a budget price. Bookings are required at peak times... Find out more

Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 61 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more

Colour City Caravan Park 87 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more

BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 91 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Lauralla Guest House

The Victorian-era Lauralla Guest House, circa 1900, is being lovingly updated after a few rough years. Set amid a rose garden in central Mudgee, it’s a great base for cellar-door touring around the area. The... Find out more

Wildwood Guesthouse

Secluded Wildwood Guesthouse is surrounded by 60 hectares of woodlands. Comprising a four-bedroom, contemporary country homestead, it offers luxurious B&B accommodation, with each guest room boasting its own ensuite... Find out more

Wombadah and 
Tierney House

Wombadah is a luxurious B&B with incredible views of Mudgee Valley and the property’s certified organic olive groves (producing their own olive oils). Each of the four king-sized guest suites has its own... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clonturkle Sanctuary 98 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Apsley rest area 60 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Two Mile Creek rest area 69 km

32km N of Molong (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Bell River rest area 74 km

42km S of Wellington (L)  

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Geurie rest area 76 km

24km NW of Wellington (L) or 27km SE of Dubbo (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Gamboola rest area 83 km

17km NW of Orange (L) or 17km SE of Molong (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

Kingsley Fairborough park area 86 km

29km NW of Orange (R) or 5km SE of Molong (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Molong park area 87 km

At Molong

Just off the highway on the banks of Molong Creek.

Sunny Corner camping area 92 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.

Macquarie Wood camping area 93 km

T/O 29km W of Bathurst (R) or 27km E of Orange (L)

Open grassed area among trees, 2km (unsealed) north of the highway via Cashens La.

The Rocks rest area 94 km

21km W of Bathurst (R) or 35km E of Orange (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Markets: St John's Anglican Church, 1st Sat each month; Lawson Park, 2nd Sat each month; St Mary's Catholic Church, 3rd Sat each month; Railway Station, 4th Sat each month.

Small Farm Field Days: July.

Mudgee Wine and Food Fair: Aug.

Mudgee Wine Festival: Sept.

Mudgee Cup: Dec.

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