Have you heard about the Mudgee region lately?
Been considering visiting? Here’s why we think you should! Our beautiful Mudgee region offers much more than just wineries, though the stunning, award-winning boutique wineries are a must visit! Our region offers much more. There are plenty of other things to do in the Mudgee region, from kayaking at Dunns Swamp on the edge of Wollemi, to stargazing at the Mudgee Observatory and watching a sunrise above the vineyards in a hot-air balloon!
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1. Wine – Visiting our stunning picturesque wineries are a must.Winemaking in the region dates back to the 1850’s, with the temperate climate allowing for the slow ripening of grapes, producing robust wines. Whilst it is hard to chose one favourite, some of our go-to places are: Lowe Wines, Logan winery, Bunnamagoo, Huntington Estate, the list goes on!
2. Dine – The options for amazing restaurants & cafes in the Mudgee region are endless! Whether you are after a seven-course degustation menu (the Zin house, amazing) Or, you are after a super chilled brunch picnic. Mudgee literally covers it all! Here are a few of our picks, in no particular order:
53 Food Co– for the BEST burgers you will ever have. @53foodco located at Huntington Estate.
OurChow– this beautiful cafe/winery set out on the edge of Mudgee, caters for everyone in the family. They are also super pet & child friendly. @our_chow located at Burrundulla Winery. They offer everything from brunch items to main course lunch meals, grazing platters and super delicious desserts!
Alby & Esthers– You will find this beautiful hidden gem just off Market St. If you are after a delicious breakfast and coffee that always leaves you wanting another, this is the place to go! Situated in a beautiful courtyard, you can’t go wrong! @albyandesthers
Oco & The Juice– Mudgee newest trendy health food & juice bar. They offer freshly made juices & smoothies, ready-made meals and DIY poke bowls, there’s always something healthy and delicious that you can grab on the go! @ocothejuice
Oriental Hotel– Mudgee delivers a great pub feed, no matter where you go, you really can’t go wrong! The Ori hotel is situated on the corner of Lewis St. Enjoy a beverage and a tasty meal whilst sitting on the balcony soaking up the sun! @theorimudgee
Moothi Estate– One of the best views in Mudgee, located on Rocky Waterhole Rd. They offer a wide range of food from tapas to platters with all locally made produce. Enjoy a platter and taste some of the best wine overlooking the Mudgee hills. @moothiestate
These are just a few to name, if you want to see some amazing food pictures of Mudgee’s best eats, be sure to check out @mudgeefoodie on Instagram for all the best recommendations!
3.Balloon Aloft– with Mudgee’s rolling hills, surrounding mountains and beautiful valley, conditions are perfectly suited for hot air ballooning. Mudgee hot air ballooning adventures are generally scheduled for every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and begin at sunrise. Balloon flights are approximately one hour in flight duration followed by a delicious champagne breakfast following the flight.
4. Tunes at Burnbrae– Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Burnbrae wines delivers you tunes on the lawn at Burnbrae Winery. You can bring the family, sit back with pizzas, platters, ice cold beers and wine whilst listening to some talented local artists. Bookings are recommended!
5.Castle Rock Walk– Hiking Castle Rocks walk has its rewards. Not only will you be breathing in the fresh air of Munghorn Gap and getting fit! But superb scenic views await you when you reach the end. From the lookout, you’ll see some of the amazing sandstone pagoda features found throughout the park.
6.Markets– Every Saturday of the month features a different local market. If you love trying fresh local produce and supporting small businesses – the markets are a must! These markets are situated in our beautiful parks and churches. Our community comes together and features a range of locally made textiles and arts & crafts, along with a range of local produce ranging from freshly baked bread and cakes, to fruit & veg, olive oils and cheeses.
7.Miniature Train Rides- Something the kids & the whole family will love. They are open to the public on the 2nd Sunday of every month from 10am-2pm. You can ride the mini trains for as little as $2 and all money goes back into the maintenance of these fantastic engines & tracks! Bring the big kids & the little kids, and organise a fun and memorable day out!
8.Helicopter Rides– Want to really see all of Mudgee? Then a helicopter ride will cover it all! Mudgee Helicopters is the way to go – they offer two stop winery tours, including an aerial look-see of Mudgee town and surrounds, for $800 for up to four people!
9.Visit our surrounding towns!– Visiting our beautiful little historical towns, such as Gulgong, visiting Gulgong is like taking a trip right through regional Australia in the 19th century, this little town is full of history. Rylstone is also another beautiful spot to visit, approx. 40 minutes from Mudgee, Rylstone actually has some of the most incredible top-rated restaurants that are a must try! Such as the 29 Nine 99 Yum Cha restaurant and the Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant – they are both a MUST try! These little towns are full of beautiful scenery you wouldn’t find anywhere else!
10. The Little Cooking School – The little cooking school is an informal, relaxed creative space located on the outskirts of Mudgee offering casual cooking classes, suited to all skill levels.Featuring a 3 course menu showcasing only the best regional produce, and concluding with enjoying the day’s efforts over lunch with selected local wines to match. The aim of the Little Cooking School is to focus on sharing ideas, techniques, recipes and ultimately sharing the fruits of your labour accompanied by a great glass of wine.
For all things Mudgee check out www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au