Things to do in Mudgee

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No matter what time of year you visit, there are so many things to do in the Mudgee Region that you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Mudgee and surrounds offer visitors of all ages a wide and diverse range of things to do including wineries, restaurants, markets, concerts, festivals and so much more. With a strong gold rush heritage, charming country towns and even UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Mudgee region offers the best Country NSW has to offer.

Note: The information below may change at any time without notice. For up-to-date Mudgee tourism information, we suggest you visit the Mudgee Tourism website »


Mudgee is renowned for its wineries and flourishing food culture. You can very easily sip, swirl and eat your way through the region. With abundant fertile soil, Mudgee’s rich pastoral history has evolved into a sought-after culinary hot spot for wine and food connoisseurs from around Australia and abroad.  In fact, Mudgee is the third largest grape-producing region in NSW.  It’s no wonder that chefs and winemakers flock to the region to seek inspiration and, often, a career change.

Dotted throughout the Mudgee region are vineyards and cellar doors open daily to the public.  When booking your stay, ask hosts Jan and Susie for their recommendations of the best vineyards and winearies to visit.

Annual food and wine events in Mudgee

  • Mudgee Craft Beer and Cider Festival
  • Mudgee Wings, Wheels and Wine
  • MudgeeQue BBQ Festival
  • Mudgee Wine and Food Festival


Mudgee is a town steeped in history. As you wander through town, take special notice of our historic colonial-style buildings and the architecture of Mudgee Clock Tower and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Mudgee Heritage Walking Tours

Take a guided walking tour around Mudgee’s CBD and learn of its heritage and charm. Your guide will talk about Mudgee’s beautiful heritage buildings, telling fascinating stories and explaining its rich history. Tours run for approximately one hour and are run every Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, speak to the friendly staff at the Mudgee Visitor Centre or visit the website.

Mudgee Colonial Inn Museum

Headquarters of the Mudgee Historical Society Inc., the museum has over 60,000 items displayed in several buildings including a 19th century hotel, early 20th century church and a replica slab hut.

Gulgong Pioneers Museum

The museum features one of the finest collections of Australiana in the country. Located in the old Times Bakery and Produce Store, in the heart of historic Gulgong, the museum’s collection includes farming and mining equipment, domestic tools, horse-drawn vehicles and early photographs.

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If you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll love the endless hiking trails and nature walks throughout the area. Explore the countryside on horseback or from the air in a hot air balloon experience.

Mudgee Golf Club

The Mudgee Golf Club is 80 acres of beautiful grounds of manicured greens, undulating fairways and intimidating hazards.  The course is a delight to walk around both visually and as a test of golfing excellence. Australian eucalypts, elms etc. line the undulating fairways and are a natural sanctuary to a myriad of native Australian birds. Large, gently sloping grass greens allow for multiple pin placements, whilst the championship tees are strategically positioned to test individual skill levels.  There is a modern clubhouse that features a fantastic restaurant offering indoor & alfresco areas, all with uninterrupted views of the magnificent golf course. It is the perfect venue where you can relax and enjoy superb food and wine.

Annual outdoor and sporting events in Mudgee

  • Putta Bucca Carp Muster
  • Mudgee Classic Bike Race
  • Mudgee Wings, Wheels and Wine
  • Mudgee Running Festival
  • Mudgee Open Golf Tournament
  • Cox Plate Mudgee (Horse Racing)

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Garden Tours

Mudgee is renowned for its beautiful gardens and, if you love checking out other people’s gardens, schedule your visit in time to attend the annual Mudgee Garden Spectacular where you can visit beautifully developed gardens throughout the region.

Wollemi National Park

The heritage-listed Wollemi National Park is a casual 3-hour drive from Mudgee Holiday Park.  With its dramatic setting of scenic canyons, towering cliffs, wild rivers and scenic forests, Wollemi National Park is the perfect place to escape from city life with beautiful scenic walks, swimming and canoeing. The region was made world-famous with the discovery of the rare and endangered Wollemi pine which dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.

Bring your kayak (or hire one) and explore Dunns Swamp, a part of the Great Blue Mountains World Heritage area.  You’ll wind through striking rock formations, stunning sandstone gorges and picturesque woodlands.

Burrendong Dam

Burrendong Dam is only a short 20 minute drive from Leaning Oak.  It’s the largest inland dam in NSW and three times the size of Sydney Harbour! A popular sport and recreation area, the Dam attracts locals and visitors for year-round water-based sports such as fishing, canoeing and water skiing plus beautiful bushwalking tracks.  There are lookout points around the dam.  The dam was proposed after WWII to improve town water supply and boost agriculture production in the Macquarie Valley. Construction started in 1946 and didn’t complete until 1967. It is one of the largest remaining inland semi-permanent wetlands in south-eastern Australia and a major waterbird breeding area.

Mudgee Pinch Lookout

The easy walk along Lees Pinch lookout walking track offers spectacular views across the south and east of Goulburn River National Park. Once you have reached Lees Pinch Lookout, relax whilst you absorb the stunning and rugged that lies below from one of the three different viewing areas. The kids will enjoy spotting the variety of wildlife along the way!

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Dubbo Zoo (Western Plains Zoo)

Located in Dubbo, just an hours drive from Leaning Oak, the Western Plains Zoo (also known as ‘Dubbo Zoo’) is home to hundreds of animals from around the world. A six kilometre circuit meanders through natural bushland and around large open style exhibits. Enjoy the variety of daily talks, tours and animal encounters as well as the array of seasonal events and promotions.

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Sample Mudgee region’s best local produce and flourishing arts community at the many local markets in the area.  Mudgee markets »

Mudgee Honey Haven

Mudgee Honey Haven offers something for the whole family. Watch bees hard at work and sample their delicious honey produce.  There is also Putt Putt golf, the Honey Haven Cafe and a wide range of honey and local produce to sample and purchase.

Annual country living events in Mudgee

  • Mudgee Show
  • Bull-a-Rama
  • Mudgee Small Farm Field Days
  • Cox Plate Mudgee
  • Mudgee Regional Open Gardens

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Mudgee has a vibrant and flourishing arts community.  We recommend you start with a visit to the state-of-the-art Mudgee Arts Precinct where you’ll find Australia’s newest regional art gallery. Check out the latest exhibition or join a workshop.  Don’t miss the Lawson Park Sculpture Trail along the Cudgegong River.  Galleries are dotted throughout the regions where you can see works from local artisans.

Mudgee Arts Events

  • Sculpture in the Garden
  • Gulgong Folk Festival
  • Mudgee Readers’ Festival
  • Sculptures in the Garden
  • Mudgee Region Annual Arts and Craft Christmas Market

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One of the first things you’ll notice when you look up to the sky in the country, is how many stars there are.  Without all the lights of the city, the night sky comes alive.

Mudgee Observatory

A visit to Mudgee Observatory can be both entertaining and educational for the whole family. It’s here, that the night skies can be viewed as they were meant to be viewed! The theatre and flat screen planetarium run several features on the night sky and the Sun as well as many programs on space missions. A good variety of telescopes and binoculars are available for our visitors to use as well as conducted tours of the night sky.

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Luxury Mudgee Accommodation

Leaning Oak and Oak Hill, are conveniently located in Yarrabin, a 15 minute drive from Mugdee Village, in the heart of the Mudgee wine region.  Our luxury accommodations are the perfect base to explore this picturesque area.

The Mudgee Region epitomises rustic charm, vineyards, rolling green hills, exquisite food and delectable wine.  Visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds with a central township featuring boutique shopping and exquisite dining options surrounded by picturesque country landscapes and over 40 family-owned wineries. Mudgee is arguably one of Australia’s best wine-producing regions with over 40 family-operated wineries dotted throughout the region. The temperate climate produces slow-ripening grapes that make for robust wines.

Leaning Oak and Oak Hill are located in Yarrabin, a picturesque 15-minute drive from Mudgee Village and a short drive from local wineries.

Mudgee is accessible by car from Sydney, Bathurst, Orange, Newcastle and Canberra. Planes fly into Mudgee Airport daily.