Mudgee in the Central West
of New South Wales is an emerging, premium wine-producing region of Australia which is renowned particularly for the quality of its shiraz table wines. Traditionalists’ doubts about the quality of irrigated wines have long been dispelled and the local wine industry is rapidly closing on such long established regions as the Hunter and Barossa regions in terms of table grape tonnage.
As the wine industry has developed, so too has the tourism industry. More than 60 bed and breakfast establishments in addition to many motels within the Mudgee-Gulgong area now offers visitors a wide choice of accommodation styles and experiences. Many of the 20 regional wineries also offer accommodation, restaurants and picnic facilities in addition to tasting facilities.
While the wine industry might be driving the tourism growth, a rich history and heritage add to the region’s appeal. The Mudgee area, of course, was home to Australia's prince of poetry and short stories, Henry Lawson, for the first 15 years of his life. Maps and guides for the Wallaby Track, which follows the Lawson trail, are available from the Mudgee and Gulgong visitor information centres.
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