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I recently jumped in the car and drove the short 3.5 hours from Sydney to Mudgee recently – a little surprise trip for Will’s birthday and a chance to disconnect from city life.
I have done that drive so many times as I lived in the central west for 7 years as a child, but the country charm still gets me every single time.

Mudgee is a small, rural town in New South Wales; it boasts heritage buildings, beautiful locally produced food and of course, wine. Whilst it may not be NSW’s most popular wine region, I think it shouldn’t be undervalued, because in my opinion Mudgee wines are some of Australia’s best – Lowes “Jodie” rosé, I am looking at you.

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WHERE TO EAT

BREAKFAST

ALBY & ESTHERS: Alby & Esthers is a beautiful café/wine bar set in the heart of Mudgee. It has a beautiful courtyard, curtained with grapevines and a great atmosphere. Their menu isn’t huge, but what they do have on offer is absolutely delicious. Go for breakfast, lunch or a fun evening out!

LUNCH

PIPCLAY PUMPHOUSE:We missed our booking at Pipeclay Pumphouse as they’re open until 3pm on a Sunday and we arrived to Mudgee at 2pm – our drive took a little longer than anticipated. My parents told me we “definitely had to go here”, so if you like fine dining mixed with home grown and locally sourced produce, I hear this is definitely the place to go!

MOOTHI ESTATE: We went to Moothi Estate on Monday and ordered some rosé and their cheese board! It’s divine and the view of the vineyard is beautiful! They also have two doggo’s so it’s a win-win situation

LOWES: The last time I was in Mudgee with some girlfriends, we had the cheeseboard at Lowes, which in my opinion was better than the one at Moothi estate. It was LUXE and had everything you could hope for!

BLUE WREN: I have also been to The Blue Wren with my parents when I was younger and it is delicious – they do breakfast & dinner.

CELLAR BY GILBERT: Great cheese + wine. I went there with girlfriends last time I was there!

DINNER

COOK: We cooked at our accommodation each night, because, why not? All local produce!

THE ZIN HOUSE: I really wanted to go here for dinner, but they weren’t open the days we were there unfortunately!  Your dishes are sourced from as close as possible, their gardens and neighbouring farms. Five or six set courses aimed at showcasing Mudgee produce can be enjoyed in.

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WINERIES / BREWERY TO VISIT

LOWES
FIRST RIDGE
MOOTHI
LOGAN
BLUE WREN
Di LUSSO
SKIMSTONE
ROBERT OATLY
MUDGEE BREWERY

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WHERE TO STAY

We stayed at Horizon Mudgee*, which comfortably accommodates 8 guests, and sits smack bang in the centre of Mudgee’s must-see wineries. It was honestly the perfect location to town and from the wineries we went to.

The design was what got me – I loved the open plan entertaining areas, even though it was just the two of us. I love high ceilings and polished concrete. The fireplace, even though it was 18 degrees of a night, was a night touch when you’re curled up on the couch.

Nothing beats the views over the mountains and open paddocks – especially when you’re taking a dip.

Even though you’re on a property, a normal car would be able to drive the dirt road.

*contra stay – all opinions are my own[/column]

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I absolutely love Mudgee and each time I go, I love it a little bit more.

Have you been to Mudgee before? If so, what are your favourite spots? I still feel like I haven’t experienced everything this little town has to offer; I will definitely be back again soon.

Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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