MUDGEE MAGIC

Lo­cated less than 270 kilo­me­tres north-west of Syd­ney, the fuss-free jour­ney to the Mudgee re­gion is all part of the ad­ven­ture, and what awaits is a stun­ning, sen­sate mix of charm and so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

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’ F S NS S tingle as the cityscape blurs out of view and the vast coun­try land­scape opens in front of you. It’s dif­fi­cult, at this point, to come up with a rea­son not to take time out from your ev­ery­day busy­ness to skip town for Mudgee, and find out what all the fuss is about. Af­ter all, you can swirl and sip your way across more than 40 fam­ily-owned cel­lar doors, plus a well-known distillery and brew­ery. Then you can eat and treat your­self to the re­gion’s famed lo­cal pro­duce, and pot­ter around bou­tique and chic shop­ping precincts to find hid­den gems, all the while ex­plor­ing the re­gion’s her­itage. If you’ve ever vis­ited Mudgee be­fore, you’ll know the culi­nary pas­sion runs deep, with the re­gion now a house­hold name among food­ies across Aus­tralia. For those yet to visit, al­low us to set the scene. Mudgee has a deep-rooted pas­toral tra­di­tion, with its his­tory re­flected in the town’s her­itage streetscapes – wide and tree lined, just as you would imag­ine from a re­fined coun­try town­ship. From the area’s fer­tile farm­land comes pre­mium lo­cal pro­duce, and it’s read­ily avail­able via cafes and restau­rants, far­m­gate tours, cel­lar doors and epi­curean out­lets. With a wine­mak­ing his­tory dat­ing back to the 1850s, Mudgee is the third largest grape-pro­duc­ing re­gion in New South Wales. It is from this rich source that lo­cal chefs and wine­mak­ers draw in­spi­ra­tion, the re­sults of which are cer­tain to de­light your palate. Many ‘tree chang­ers’ now call Mudgee home, and plenty have brought with them a slice of city life, gen­tly con­nect­ing it with the au­then­tic­ity of the coun­try. This, in turn, means an abun­dance of so­phis­ti­cated yet earthy ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors to in­dulge in. With breath­tak­ing nat­u­ral at­trac­tions, de­lec­ta­ble wine and scrump­tious lo­cal pro­duce, events to ex­cite, an im­pres­sive shop­ping precinct, a lush golf course, and pic­turesque streetscapes, it’s time you vis­ited Mudgee. Whether by car, train or plane, you cer­tainly won’t be dis­ap­pointed when you ar­rive. And, upon your re­turn, while im­press­ing friends with your ex­pertly paired Mudgee pro­duce and wine, you’ll be re­minded of that trea­sured break – and you may just find your­self re­turn­ing to re­stock sooner than you think. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit vis­it­mudgeere­gion.com.au

From the area’s fer­tile farm­land comes pre­mium lo­cal pro­duce, read­ily avail­able via restau­rants, cafes, far­m­gate tours, cel­lar doors and epi­curean out­lets.

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