This is a lovely country town, located about 3hours drive from Sydney.
Mudgee was 1st settled in 1822, so has many Australian architectural facades, with plenty of historic buildings lining the wide streets.
The Tourist Information centre is a must visit to pick up your
FREE WALKING BROCHURE.
open 7 days from 9 – 5pm.
The helpful lady behind the counter, told us of a scenic Tourist Drive to Ilford instead of the main road, this we did, we were so glad we had called in to find out this local knowledge.
I have described some of it on my next lot of tips.
Around Mudgee, there are about 50 Vineyards and Wineries, this is a well known Wine producing area. They even have a “Cellar Door Pass” which gives you VIP access to some of Australia’s best Wineries.
If you are interested in this, you can get more details and purchase online at www.cellardoorpass.com.au
This is a good place to base yourself for a visit to Wollemi national park. There are plenty of Accommodation choices ranging from cheap to expensive. We will return another time to do just this!
In 2009, Mudgee was voted 30 out of 100 best towns in Australia.
Located straight across the road from the Tourist Information centre, is Robertson park.
This park was lovely when we visited in Spring, nice gardens, a Rotunda (1903), seating, free Toilets, free electric bbq's, children's playground, and plenty of shade Trees, all that we needed to enjoy our lunch that we had bought from the Bakery.
Just a note about the Bakery, it was extremely busy, and I noticed it had quite a few "Winners sashes" the last one for "Best Steak & Kidney Pie" in Australia, so no wonder it was busy. It is located the other end of the main street.
Back to the Park, and its quite old. The 1st Mudgee show was held here in 1846.
This is “Henry Lawson” country.
Henry Lawson was a famous Australian Poet, who wrote most of his Poems about this area.
A MUST VISIT is the Henry Lawson Centre. We had previously visited, so did not go back this time.
The museum is dedicated to Lawson’s life and literary works, and has won an award of Distinction.
Henry Lawson was an infant when he came to the Gulgong area, spending his early years between Gulgong and Mudgee. His experiences of these years are reflected in his writings.
The Henry Lawson Centre re-lives his life, from his birth in 1867 to his death in 1922, through a series of illustrated wall displays.
There is also a collection of books, artefacts and art works, including rare items.
If you enjoy Henry Lawson's works, or know somebody who does, then this is the place to buy a CD, Book, print or something else for a gift or memory!
The Centre is Open from ……10 -3.30pm Tues – Saturdays
And …… 10 – 1pm Sunday & Monday.
Located in a park on the edge of town heading to Mudgee, is a Henry Lawson Statue.
Gulgong is a short 29kms drive from Mudgee
Another, small, historical Town, Gulgong is located on a hill. The main street is very narrow, so much so, that two cars often can’t pass each other!
As it was a gold rush town, it once had a population of 20,000 people in the 1870’s, but has nowhere near that now.
It has many interesting buildings,(lots with Iron Lace) with 130 of them being listed with the National Trust.
It also has a claim to fame, as it was featured on the 1st, $10 Australian Bank note.
Gulgong is only a short 29 kms from Mudgee
Located just around the corner from the Info. Centre is the lovely "classical revival" stuccoed brick Post Office, built in 1862.
It was one of the 1st major country Post Offices in New South Wales.
Nice features of it are an Arcade and the small Bell Tower.
Not only is the Church nice inside, but on the outside as well. Walk the grounds, check out the gardens and the small stone presbytery built in 1857 , (located at the front part of the present building)
In the Church grounds, The Mudgee Farmers' Markets are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month - 8:30am to 12:30pm.
This is the best way to see the historic buildings of Mudgee. I started at one end of the main street, detoured up and down some side streets, and eventually finished at the Park opposite the Tourist Information centre.
The walk is flat and easy to do.
If you visit the tourist info centre, they have a FREE "walking brochure."
St Mary’s Catholic Church, on the corner of Church and Market Street, is a beautiful historic church. There is also St Matthew’s Catholic school, behind the Church on the block facing Lewis Street.
Mudgee’s first Catholic priest established the Mudgee parish and built a small stone presbytery (the front part of the present building) in 1857, and he also built the school.
In 1873 the church was extended and the steeple was added in 1911.
The Church is built from sandstone, and do go inside and have a look at the magnificent interior with its dominating crucifix and marble high altar from the 1870's.
Located on the sides are arcaded aisles with their plain columns. The church walls are painted, including the sanctuary figures.
There are many attractive stations along the walls of the church, beautiful!
Located on the opposite corner to the Catholic church is St. John's.
Another lovely, historical church, it was founded in 1841, built the same year, and the Pipe organ was installed in 1881. The organ, and the church bell, was bought and donated to the church.
The stained glass windows are a collection of heritage art.
Left is a most beautiful stained glass artwork of Mary at the annunciation. You can see the angel in blue above her head and the dove representing the Holy Spirit in the white top left.
During World War II, the then 22 year old Peter Clark was killed in an air training exercise in England. A stained glass window in memory of him was given by his parents.
The window depicts Jesus giving his blessing to St George, patron saint of England where Peter died. The head of St George is a reproduction of Peter’s own head and features. Planes are silhouetted in the blue sky over the Saint’s head. A circle window overhead contains the RAAF emblem. St George has passed into the presence of Christ, and the dragon, symbolising Nazism or any evil, is still a live, fuming fire. At Christ’s feet an angel kneels, holding the crown of life toward St George.
The windows and the Organ are why you should come inside the historic church.
A chamber also was cut in the lower foundation stone and has a time capsule, a bottle, with a copy of the Mudgee newspaper September 28, 1858, the coins of the realm and a parchment inscribed with a description of the occasion
The Mudgee wineries live up to the high expectations people have come to have about Aussie wines. Mudgee, although up and coming, is still lesser known than the Hunter Valley, also in NSW. Both areas are easy day or weekend trips from Sydney, but Mudgee is not as overrun with the crowds! Try Mudgee. You won't be disappointed.
The Chardonnays are said to be the best whites produced in the region. For reds, try the Shiraz or the CabSauv.
There are about 30 wineries in the region. If you have a car, great! If not, try one of these tour companies:
Mudgee Valley Tours
PO Box 704 Mt Vincent
Mudgee, NSW 2850
0407 210 121
Trikes Tours Around the Wineries
14 Mulgoa Way
Mudgee, NSW 2850
(02) 6372 2367
PO Box 105 Gulgong
(02) 6374 2484
20C Sydney Rd
Mudgee NSW 2850
(02) 6372 2489