Tuesday 2 June 2009

Take A Historic Pub Trail Through Mudgee

Mudgee is steeped in history - it has more heritage listed buildings than any other town in NSW. Beer and wine lovers can rejoice as many are charming pubs, offering an ideal base to eat, drink and sleep your way through the Region. With over 20 to choose from this is a pub crawler’s paradise.

From Rylstone and Mudgee to Hill End and Gulgong each of the region’s pubs have their own unique story and architecture. Once inside, enjoy warm open fires, friendly locals, fresh food and great value accommodation. Cold beer is always on tap, along with a range of wines from the local cellar doors.

Many of the region’s pubs now sell beer from the Mudgee Brewing Company, the town’s first and only brewery which opened a new restaurant and café in May 2009. Highlights on a self-guided Pub Trail through Mudgee include:

* The Royal Hotel (Hill End) – one of 27 hotels built in the 1870’s for the gold rush, this is the only one still standing, a legendary hotel for its atmosphere and stories, accommodates up to 20 people
* The Globe Hotel (Rylstone) – great country pub with a beer garden overlooking the town’s main street and beautiful plane trees, with 12 rooms it is an ideal base for visiting Dunns Swamp
* Kandos Hotel (Kandos) – a basic pub to meet the locals who work at the local cement works, used to hold up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the gateway to the Wollemi National Park for canoeing, fishing, bushwalking or a river cruise
* Prince of Wales (Gulgong) – one of historic Gulgong’s oldest buildings, from the 1800s, this pub is brimming with warmth, great food and accommodation in units or motel rooms. The Girls Weekend away package is ideal for special occasions and includes a massage and wine tour
* The Post Office Hotel (Gulgong) – chat to the locals while you have a beer and enjoy the bistro food. Rooms are pub style and bathrooms shared, but the building’s history will charm you
* Lawson Park Hotel (Mudgee) – at the Red Heifer Grill they grow and serve their own Angus steaks, or enjoy a deep dish pie. The historic 1860 pub offers tastings from 25 local wines, and accommodation in seven rooms overlooking pretty Lawson Park in town
* The Oriental (Mudgee) – the famous Ori bistro is renowned for its juicy steaks and gourmet specials, it is recently renovated, with accommodation in seven rooms all with verandas, or the self-contained cottage next door
* Mudgee Brewing Company (Mudgee) – recently opened with a café and restaurant within this 100 year old converted wool shed, this is the only brewery in Mudgee

“The pubs are a great way for travellers to enjoy Mudgee on a budget - we offer more than luxury guesthouses and wineries – and they full of cultural and historical charm.” said Lucy White, Tourism Manager at Mudgee Region Tourism Inc.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney in the Central West of NSW. A food and wine lover's paradise, there are also a range of arts, culture, history, nature and wilderness experiences to be enjoyed.

For more information on Mudgee’s pubs and touring contact the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre on 02 6372 1020 or go to

* Mudgee has the highest number of heritage listed buildings on a per capita basis than any other town in NSW.

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