Mudgee is the second oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains. The valley was explored in 1821 and the town settled along the banks of the Cudgegong River in 1838. There are still plenty of grand old heritage buildings to be seen in the town and nearby villages, predominantly from the 1860's.
Many of Mudgee's nearby villages played an important role in the region's historical importance ... as GOLD was discovered !!.
Why not enjoy a day trip around the region and drive out to Hargraves, Hill End, through Sofala and back to Mudgee and enjoy high mountain views, historic goldfields, mine sites and heritage buildings.
Or take a drive down to beautiful Rylstone, Kandos&Dunn's Swamp enjoying the picturesque escarpments and national parks along the way, then loop up through the scenic Bylong Valley Way and back to Mudgee. See Maps
For a shorter trip why not try something a little closer to home - historic Gulgong is only 20 minutes away ... and boasts over 70 heritage buildings with small windy streets that make you think you could still be in the gold rush days ....
When Tom Saunders found gold on Red Hill on 14thApril 1870 it led to a gold rush that swelled Gulgong's population to over 20,000.
Today, Gulgong is held up as "one of the finest preserved towns from bygone gold rush days". With a close-knit community of 2,500 the town still boasts more than 70 heritage buildings, including the oldest continually operating Opera House in Australia and the town is classified by the National Trust.
The world's largest piece of gold was found by The Star of Hope Gold Mining Company at Hill End on 19th October 1872 and over 30,000 people rushed to the Hill End / Tambaroora goldfields, making it the largest inland settlement of NSW. There were over 50 hotels in Hill End at the time. Today the last one standing is The Royal Hotel (circa 1872)
Nestled on the western side of Wollemi National Park, the expansive escarpment horizons, pagoda rock formations and natural waterways are a backdrop to both Rylstone and Kandos. Locals enjoy a charming country town atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by. The two towns are linked by a 7km cycleway
Enjoy a day trip to nearby Dunn's Swamp part of Wollemi National Park. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, bushwalking, birdwatching and photography or camp out overnight in sheltered bbq areas and enjoy the night wildlife.