Life in Mudgee pretty much revolves around the production and enjoyment of its own wine and food with cafés, restaurants, wine bars and gourmet delights aplenty. Take a big breath of the fresh country air, look out on the surrounding hills daubed in colour from wattle and blossoms, or marvel at the bright stars in the night sky and we think we have found the perfect place for a city escape. The people are friendly too! See the real NSW countryside, only 4 hours drive from Sydney, or fly to Dubbo. Our top tip is to venture off the beaten track – if you stick to the main roads you will miss the best bits.

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Mudgee prides itself on its quality of wine and local produce. Combined with a bubbling live music scene, you have a party on your hands. The Brewery 01, always packed with locals, has local beers, good food and live music on Thursday nights and Sunday afternoons. Roths Wine Bar 02 is our pick of Mudgee.

Down the road discover Lowe Wine Co, where a pretty wisteria covered shed greets you. David Lowe welcomes you himself with some soft cheese to accompany your tasting. Wines are pricey but the quality justifies this. Back to the gravel, stop at well known Robert Oatley 13 (formerly Craigmoor), one of the most historic and picturesque cellar doors. Some cheaper wine options are available. Picnic around the Craigmoor cricket ground.

80% of the vineyards are very close together just north of the town, ideal for cycling between. CountryFit 10 hire bikes (note – weekends pickup up bikes before midday).

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