An escape to the country is one romantic weekend one may not know he needs. There’s just a different kind of excitement ot it. One destination that must be on the list for a romantic weekend is Mudgee. Mudgee has a long list of romantic activities enough to fill your weekend – think scenic drive, hot air ballooning, glamping under the stars, private wine tasting, and bon fires.
Here are ideas on how you can spend a romantic weekend in Mudgee.
Roadtrip: Drive to Mudgee
Many would say the best part of the adventure is the journey going there. And the drive to Mudgee should be a good time to set the mood for a romantic getaway. Only 3.5 hours from Sydney, enjoy the drive, good music and the picturesque drive via the Bells Line of Road through the Blue Mountains, or a similar distance if you take an alternate route through Leura & Katoomba.
Take a few stops on the way with a great number of cafes along the way. If you happen to start early, take a breakfast pit stop at Bella Local Café. They serve the smoothest latte from freshly ground beans from wonderfully roasted beans. Pair it with their Brekky parfait, rolls and waffles or a healthy and yummy Acai bowl.
If you’re taking the Bells Line Road, stop by Bilpin Springs Orchard to get some fresh air and stretch a little. Pick Bilpin apples, pears, peaches or plums, depending on the season. If you’re up for woodfire pizza drop by Bilpin Afire.
Go Glamping Under the Stars
Live amidst nature and admire the wonders of Mudgee’s terrain. For your accommodation consider luxury glamping. Mudgee now has a few glamping options including Glenayr’s luxury glamping, Bubbletent, Sierra Escape and Evamor Valley.
Sierra Escape set the standard for luxury glamping in Mudgee region, being the first accommodation of this kind and with service that competes with five-star hotel service.
Dulili and Uralla are perfect for couples and feature a bath, an open campfire and 113 hectares of breathtaking rolling Mudgee hillsides to wake up to. This alone is enough to turn even the most extravagant traveler into an off-the-grid enthusiast.
Glenayr Farm is set on a 320 acres of sheep farm and offers four bell tents to choose from. Fall in love with the unrivalled sunset. At night, the sky transforms into one of the best stargazing sites in Australia and Mudgee Observatory is 10 minutes away!
Bubbletent Australia is an off-grid pop-up glamping tent situated on a secluded part of a 1000+ acre working farm and nestled between Lithgow and Mudgee. Overlooking the second biggest canyon in the world which doubles as one of the 50 IBA (Important Bird Area) sanctuaries around the globe for bird watching. It offers three bubbletents, for couples choose Virgo for its warm wood-fired hot tub, your own herb garden and pristine sunset views over the entire valley.
Evamor Valley offers glamping for two. The eco-tents offer a truly immersive experience. Set amongst the trees, designed to offer breathtaking views of the dam and vast bushland. Cosy up in the lush king bed, enjoy a picnic on the jetty or wile away the evening snuggled up next to your outdoor fire pit.
Grab a blanket, Mudgee’s fine bottle of wine and choose a shady spot. Surrounded by magnificent lands and equally good produce, make the most out of the warm weather and the outdoors. Bring the feast outside and on the ground with a picnic. Mudgee Gourmet and Hampers has a great selection of unique hampers curating the best produce and wines. Otherwise you can create your own and handpick individual products such as nuts, cheese, wines, and more from the shop located at Vinifera cellar door. Lay down the mats in a lush and shaded picnic area on the banks of the Cudgegong River, the picturesque Bunnamagoo Estate where you BYO picnic and just order one of their fine wines.
Private Wine Tasting
Exclusively Mudgee offers a private wine tasting with a generous grazing platter at Glenayr Farm’s jetty by the dam. This sunset experience is the ultimate romantic setting. The tasting comes with boutique wine offerings and a great way to taste some of Mudgee’s finest wines. The tasting is tailored to your taste and they ask for your preference prior to the tasting for the to prepare a selection of bottles for you to enjoy. You can keep the bottles to polish off over the weekend too!
Hot Air Ballooning
Marvel on Mudgee from up above. Catch the golden glow of the sunrise at a different height with Balloon Aloft. The serene ride in a hot air balloon in the morning sky is the perfect way to see the iconic vineyards below and all the wonders of Mudgee.
These sunrise balloon flights takes an hour. Back on land, you’ll be treated to a wonderful champagne breakfast.
If you want to take it up a notch, enjoy the VIP Treatment with a balloon flight for two! The tour comes with an exclusive ride with champagne and chocolates during your flight, a complimentary digital photo album after you arrive softly back on terra firma and concluded with a gourmet breakfast at Parkland Resort. This make for a perfect anniversary treat or a brilliant engagement proposal.