Published on 8th September 2016
by Alexandra Duggan

Beyond the Blue Mountains lies an inland gem. Skip-town for a long weekend of fine wine, food and drink.

The name Mudgee is derived from a Wiradjuri term. It means “nest in the hills”. It fits. A three-and-a-half-hour drive across the Blue Mountains from Sydney, Mudgee is nestled into hinterland in the central west of NSW. Once known mostly for coal-mining, Mudgee has become a busy agri- and cultural hub for wine makers, farmers, restaurateurs, brewers, artists and their hungry and thirsty patrons.

The region sprawls across 9000 square kilometres, and most of that space is dedicated to vineyards and farms. Competition for tourist dollars can be fierce, but local business owners will happily share a list of recommended locations to eat, drink and visit.

Welcome to Mudgee Region


It’s all about local produce. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a plate or taste in Mudgee that isn’t sourced from the region.

The Olive Nest


Taste olive oil among the 4000 trees it came from.

29 Nine 99


Thirty types of dumplings, plus art and homewares to peruse after your meal.

Alby & Esthers


Coffee and jaffles by day, wine and good times by night.

Artisan on Lewis


A cafe, art space and shop with a dog-friendly courtyard.


From market stalls and cellar doors to the town’s own brewing company, Mudgee has drinks covered.

Baker Williams Distillery


Whisky, gin, liqueurs and more.

Logan Wines


Stop by for elegant wine tastings with a view, or settle in with a bottle and a cheeseboard.

Short Sheep Micro-Winery


A tasting that will take you on the journey from backyard to bottle.


Whether a luxury sanctuary with 360-degress views, a repurposed 1800s Mechanics Institute or a community-minded motel, there are plenty of ways to rest your head.


A wine and food lover's big day out

Between meals, get the blood flowing with an easy hike at the natural sandstone wonder of The Drip, 40 minutes out of town, then seek out some live music at Mudgee Brewing Co.