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Mudgee is about a 3 1/2 hour drive west through the Blue Mountains from Sydney, or 282 kms. Mudgee has a population of about 8 000, and is most famous for its wines. However, Mudgee also produces other edibles such as olives, honey, venison, lamb, silver perch, and yabbies. Non edible produce includes high grade wool.
Mudgee has a rich history since being settled in 1821, including the discovery of gold in nearby towns such as Hill End, Gulgong and Hargraves in 1851. Mudgee became an important goldfield centre even though no gold was found there. There are plenty of beautiful historic buildings in Mudgee, many of them listed with the National Trust, adding to the visual appeal of the rivers, farms, and vineyards. Apart from wining and dining, visitors to Mudgee can also see galleries, museums, and parks. There are also plenty of walking tracks and fishing for those who enjoy the outdoors.
Mudgee is also famous for being the birthplace in 1867 of Australian poet Henry Lawson, who lived in the district of Mudgee for the first 15 years of his life.
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Mudgee Show was first started in 1846 in Robertson Park and is still a popular 2 day event with the locals. Along with the more traditional and expected exhibits and events at any rural show, Mudgee show also has more contemporary events such as the Ute Muster, the Camel Cup, the Prime Lamb Competition, magicians, reptile displays, quad bike races and roving entertainers.
Mudgee Wine Festival. September is wine month in Mudgee, and what a huge month it is. Wineries throw open their cellar doors, and collaborate with local restaurants owners to produce the most amazing combinations of regional gourmet foods and wines. Amongst the month long festival are horse racing carnivals, the Mudgee Wine Show, where there are over 400 wines to taste, the Mudgee Fine Food Awards, and progressive dining events. Other highlights include 'Art Vine Windows' where various galleries, wineries, restaurants and shops display the work of 50 local artists. September is the only month of the year where wine cellars offer food with their wine tastings. An event that should not be missed by anybody who enjoys fine wine and dining.
Huntington Estate Music Festival is held towards the end of November for 5 days in the winery's Barrel Room, which features amazing acoustics and ambiance. International and local musicians provide chamber music that is followed by gourmet meals. Generous intervals are allowed for the topping up of glasses. Performers can vary year to year, but 2009 will see the Australian String Quartet perform, and a Baroque ensemble, along with individual musicians.
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