A quick weekend away in Mudgee, New South Wales over Easter has left me with a new favourite place near Sydney. Mudgee is a gorgeous little town four hours drive from Sydney, with vineyards in all directions, and some superb places to eat and rest. I like that it’s a very flat region, making it perfect for cyclists. There are also some gorgeous vineyards and very special places to stay nestled into the surrounding hills. The golden light in the mornings and evenings shining down on the valley and the layers of hills is just divine.
We stayed with Karen and Sean at Mudgee Homestead, a 7-bedroom custom-built Queenslander style guesthouse that looks like it has been there for much longer than it’s 25 years. This place is built for relaxing, with all bedrooms accessible from an external veranda that is perfect for enjoying the view over the valley (and for kangaroo spotting). Breakfasts and afternoon teas at Mudgee Homestead are particularly special, with an amazing buffet of fruits, cereals and yoghurts in the morning followed by a cooked breakfast, and a different slice of cake on offer every afternoon.
Buckaroo is a perfect base for a weekend in Mudgee, as you have several of the best vineyards nearby, including Pieter Van Gent, Petersons, and Robert Stein.