Mudgee is located within the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. The name Mudgee reputably originates from the aboriginal word Moothi, meaning 'nest in the hills'.
Mudgee is located approximately three and a half hours drive from Sydney. From Sydney you will travel through the magnificent Blue Mountains. You can either take the Great Western Highway or the fabulous Bells Line of Road, traveling through Richmond, Windsor and Lithgow.
Approximately 28 km north of Mudgee is Gulgong, with Rylstone and Kandos approximately 50 km south east.
The Mudgee area has many winery cellar doors to investigate. The local area is renowned for its full-bodied reds, mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Chardonnay Grape is arguably the source of the most popular white wine produced in the area.
In addition to fine wines, the Mudgee area is well known for producing excellent wool. Other local produce of a high standard that should be sampled include lamb, venison, olives and even yabbies and silver perch.
In addition to the beautiful countryside with lush vineyards, grazing livestock, streams and rivers there is plenty of history to the area since the discovery of the Cudgegong River bank's potential as excellent grazing pasture by William Lawson in 1821. Gold was discovered during the 1850's and 1860's and today fossicking no longer requires a permit, only the permission of the land owner.
Mudgee features some magnificent buildings. Many of the old buildings in Mudgee have been classified by the National Trust and are worth visiting. Mudgee also offers a host of attractions including olive oil tasting, honey factories, a variety of art and crafts, museums and so much more.
There is a train service between Sydney and Lithgow with a connecting coach service to Mudgee, operated by CountryLink. This service operates twice daily. In addition, Airlink fly most days between the two locations.