Idyllic views, outstanding vineyards and historical buildings - the Mudgee region has lots to offer this holiday season!
Settlement began in mid 19th century and many of the historical buildings are still standing for you to explore. During the gold rush, the region’s population skyrocketed cementing the area as a regional hotspot.
Over summer, we’re encouraging everyone to enjoy regional NSW on their bikes to support communities through this tough drought. #RideTheBush
Rides To Do
Redbank Dam – 12km, Road & Dirt, Flat
Redbank Dam was once used as a water supply for Mudgee and lies at the foot of the timbered hills behind the town, in Avisford Nature Reserve. An optional side trip from this point is a pleasant walk up through the Reserve on the fire trail leading from the left hand side of the dam wall.
Hayes Gap Road – 75km, Road & Dirt
The Hayes Gap Road passes through some typical undulating grazing country for this area, including wineries.
Magpie Lane – 22km, Road & Dirt, Flat
The quiet Magpie Lane meanders through vineyards, rising to give very pleasant rural views. Turn off onto the unsealed Springfield Lane after the Castlereagh Highway, or take your time on the long hill heading back to Gulgong if you take the shorter route back via the Castlereagh Highway.
Ulan – 48km, Road, Flat
With no steep pinches, this gently undulating route allows for a good average speed. With the extra time up your sleeve, stop for a break at the pub.
Places To Visit
Gulgong Pioneers Museum
Gulgong’s heyday (1870’s) is encapsulated in this award winning museum. You can explore the early photographs, horse drawn vehicles, mining equipment, geological artifacts, historic buildings and more.
There is even a Sight and Sound Museum for Australian cinematography. It’s located right in the heart of Gulgong at the old Times Bakery and Produce Store.
Just 15 minutes out of Mudgee, the Observatory offers a theatre and flat screen planetarium plus daytime Sun viewing sessions.
Gulgong Gold Experience
Strike your luck in the exact spot the first piece of gold was found in Gulgong. You can explore the history of gold mining in the region, and even give gold panning a go.
Henry Lawson Centre
Henry spent his childhood in the Gulgong/Mudgee region and this centre holds the biggest collection outside of the Mitchell Library’s Sydney collection.
The centre hosts paintings, prints, book and photos of the author but also shows that much of his work is inspired by the region.
Distillery and Cellar Doors
Visit Destination NSW for a local list of distilleries and cellar doors.
Activities To Do
Mudgee Farmers' markets - Third Saturday of every month
All products sold have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders themselves. It’s fresh and waiting for you to enjoy!
Dates: 7 December (Christmas Makers Markets), 21 December
Mid December is the perfect time to go cherry picking in Mudgee!
Roth Family Orchard open the farm to visitors Friday-Monday mornings for cherry picking.
Town Hall Cinema
First weekend of every month the Town Hall is converted into a cinema! You can visit the Council Website for a guide to what movies are playing and to book tickets.
Gulgong Folk Festival
Dates: 29, 30, 31 Dec 2019
Enjoy some of Australia’s leading folk musicians at this festival, including The Bushwackers, Teri Young, The Thomsons and Dean Dee.