Mudgee is undeniably one of the country’s best wine regions, but this destination has a lot more in-store for its guests more than its award-winning drops. Here, you can have enchanting nature experiences, enriching cultural immersion, and impressive art expressions. We’re rounding up things to do in Mudgee that you can enjoy apart from all the wonderful wines and food.
Marvel on Art
Mudgee has a thriving art culture. This is evident in the number of art galleries and art workshops in the country town. The Mudgee Art House, a gallery and studio space offers classes, workshops, and exhibitions. They feature a diverse range of local and regional artists. Rosby, yes the stunning cellar door is home to an art retreat and gallery. It showcases the work of local and national artists. They also offer art classes and workshops. Then there’s the Mudgee Fine Art Gallery which features the work of Australian and international artists in a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, and photography. There’s also a new addition to this list, the Mudgee Art Precint. The venue opened in November 2021 and hosts events, exhibitions, and workshops.
When it comes to adventures, Mudgee has a number of options for you. Up for trail walks? Then there are bike trails too! Which fits various levels of skill from beginners to experienced pros. Check out the details of the walking and bike trail and more at Mudgee Outdoor Adventure. From land to water, Mudgee has that too. Go on kayak rides and follow the stream of the Cudgegong River.
Want to take it to the next level? Go on hot air balloon rides or if you want to stay on the ground go horse back riding.
Yes, we said this is about activities other than wines, vineyards, and cellardoors but, when you’re in Mudgee, you may want to level up the experience with a wine masterclass. It is an enriching experience as you learn how to better discern the qualities of fine wines – aroma, color, tasting notes, and more. You’ll also learn about the makings of the wine and its maker’s history. So the next time you open a bottle and enjoy a glass, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for every sip.
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t miss while spending time in Mudgee, it’s to visit the markets. No matter which week of the month you come, there’s always one open either for produce, crafts, and other goods.
One of the go-to is the Farmers’ Market held every Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Mudgee. It features fresh local produce, artisanal bread, cheese, and other food products. On the third Sunday of each month, there’s Mudgee Fine Foods Market showcasing a range of gourmet food products, including locally made wine, cheese, olive oil, and chocolate. The Lawson Market on the other hand features a range of handmade crafts and local produce. This is hosted every second Saturday of the month.