Things To Do
Offering the discerning traveller a chance to reset their senses, and a taste of what country living might be like, you’ll find Mudgee Region exudes country charm yet offers sophisticated food, wine, heritage and year-round event experiences.
You can do as much or as little as you like.
The highlight of your stay at Glenayr Farm will be immersing yourself in nature and soaking up the peace and tranquillity of the farm whilst enjoying the sounds of silence or finding a relaxing spot to read or daydream. Spend lazy hours in a hammock, evenings under the stars beside the campfire and the decadent privacy of your tent accommodation.
Walking the full perimeter takes about 2 hours. Set on a 320 acre working sheep property of secluded quintessential Australian landscape, with very few neighbours, step undulating hills and breathtaking views makes for spectacular hiking conditions. Suitable for most ages / fitness levels. Some bush walking experience recommended. Steep hill sections and rough surface.
Winemakers and local producers across the Mudgee Region are extraordinarily passionate about impressing your palate. With over 40 family-owned cellar doors producing a variety of wines and produce, the hardest choice will be which cellar door to visit first.
If you would like to have a few drinks and not worry about driving, we have a few great companies in town that do ‘Wine Tours’, please call:-
Mudgee Tourist Bus – Ben – 0428 669 945
Tour Mudgee Now and Then – Mark – 0434 602 153
Mudgee Wine and Country Tours – 0407 204 150
Jayne’s Country Cruisers Mudgee – 0437 654 563
Mudgee Explorer Tours – 0474 974 785
Mudgee Valley Wine Tours with James – 0413 282 387
Mudgee Wine Tour – 0427 529 204
Mudgee VIP Wine Tours – 0421 948 922
Anthony Bugge Wine Tours – 0416 085 160
Or for something a little different, try Mudgee Trikes on 0455 874 537
Private Wine Tasting at Glenayr Farm
If you don’t want to leave Glenayr Farm, why not have Exclusively MUDGEE come and give you a private wine tasting experience at Glenayr Farm. Please call Steph on 0408 023 559
Although the award winning High Valley Cheese Co cheese can be found on many menus throughout Mudgee and beyond, customer tastings and sales are available only at The Cellar by Gilbert in Mudgee, 10am – 6pm daily. Currently High Valley Cheese Co boasts nine hand crafted varieties of artisan cheese which are all proudly hand crafted in the traditional manner at their boutique cheese factory in Mudgee. They really do have a cheese to suit every taste from sublime and subtle flavours to those that are rich, bold and mind blowing.
The Mudgee Honey Haven
Seasonal honey varieties that are local and regional, ranging from gum and eucalyptus to fruit and herbal infusions. Free honey tastings, spiced and liquor meads. Live bee exhibit. Local and regional produce. Café serving honey Ice cream and home-made treats. Gifts and more….
Olive and Olive Oil tasting
Premium producers of table olives, extra virgin olive oils, fresh pomegranates and pomegranate syrups located just out of Mudgee on a sheep grazing property.
At 1838 Wines, they operate one of the smallest commercial vineyards in Mudgee. The vineyard produces a generous quantity of grapes each year which are unique to the location of the property. They have 3 varieties of red wine grapes in Durif, Merlot & Shiraz and 2017 saw the first vintage harvest of Pinot Gris.
The Olive Nest is also home to 1400 olive trees of mixed Italian & Greek varieties. The Olives are pressed on site to produce the freshest possible Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Our Extra Virgin Oil has won multiple awards and their first press of Kalamata Oil received a Bronze at the 2017 Australian food awards.
One of the best things about our accommodation is the night sky. With no light pollution the stars are just incredible. The area is considered one of the premier stargazing sites in Australia. If there’s one thing humans across the globe enjoy, it’s looking up at the dark night sky and feeling awe. The movements of celestial bodies in the heavens have filled us with both curiosity and a sense of beauty, sometimes coupled with insignificance and loneliness. Gazing up at the stars can be a humbling and mystifying experience. If you want to take star gazing to the next level, Mudgee Observatory is a 10 minute drive away, where a good variety of telescopes and binoculars are available for visitors to use as well as conducted tours of the night sky.
Or for those who crave adventure, Mudgee has so much on offer. Please see a sample below or for more information, please visit www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au
Shop Like a Local
When on holidays it’s comforting to know you can indulge without guilt, right? That’s why we know you won’t want to miss out on our fabulous boutique and chic shopping precinct. Perfect for the indulgent traveller, grab a coffee and go for a wander, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you’ll find.
A country town just isn’t a country town without markets to explore. Why not time your visit to coincide with one of Mudgee Region’s regular monthly markets and discover a range of stall holders to grab some locally grown produce, freshly made breads and cheeses, olive oil, handmade textiles, arts and crafts, jewellery, pre-loved books, clothes, knick-knacks and more.
Galleries and Studios
The Mudgee Region is home to talented artists of all hues. And why wouldn’t it be, it truly is an inspiring setting. From felt to photography, paintings, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, metal work and woodwork, the variety and quality is quite astounding. Potter around and find your favourite gallery or studio; you may like to purchase a piece or two from local artisans and artists to add to your collection. You’ll also find many local wineries and eateries embracing local art with pieces on display on walls or in their gardens.
Heritage and Museums
With stunning streetscapes and museums run by passionate people.
Hot Air Ballooning
Mudgee was made for ballooning with its rolling hills, surrounding mountains and beautiful valley. Mudgee hot air ballooning adventures begin at sunrise and are generally scheduled for the third Saturday of each month. Meeting at Blue Wren Wines on Ulan Road, our balloon flights are approximately one hour in flight duration and are followed by a delicious champagne breakfast following the flight.
Our Great Outdoors
Our great outdoors provides a wide range of nature experiences from a bird lovers paradise to Aboriginal rock art, from picturesque picnic areas to rewarding bush walks. Lap it up and enjoy it all.
Gold Mining / Fossicking
A few minutes down the road from ‘Glenayr Farm’ in the town of Windeyer, the area remains popular for gold fossicking. There is a fossicking area adjacent to the hotel, on Long Creek and adjacent to the Meroo Creek Bridge on the Mudgee approach to the village. Gold pans and other equipment may be hired from the Bushlands Tourist Park – 02 6373 8252.
Enjoy the thrill of a helicopter ride in the vivid blue skies and experience the breathtaking beauty of a thousand views a minute. Come and see the Capertee Valley, second largest enclosed canyon in the world, part of the world heritage wonder of the Great Blue Mountains Drive and adjacent to the Wollemi National Park, home of the Wollemi Pine. Flight includes long or short joy flights, charter, winery restaurant, pub crawl, wedding, party or remote picnic – you name it.
There’s lots of ways to explore Mudgee Region. Imagine yourself on a bicycle with the fresh country air filling your lungs and breezing through your hair, cycling the region is definitely one of the most exhilarating ways
Mudgee Horse Riding Centre a relaxing horse ride in the beautiful Australian bush. With over 400 acres to explore you may be fortunate enough to see some native wildlife, kangaroos, wombats and goannas just to name a few. They provide rides for couples, families and social groups. All rides are supervised and accompanied by your trail guide leader who is accredited with Horse Safety Australia. They also have a selection of lovely ponies for children to enjoy. They can ride, pat or just brush the ponies.
Mudgee Golf Club is located only 2 minutes from the heart of Mudgee. The course has almost 80 acres of beautifully parkland grounds with undulating fairways, intimidating hazards and manicured greens. Everything has been designed to produce a golfing venue that will challenge the enthusiast and capture the interest of even the most experienced golfer.
Gold and Fleece Hotel
We are very lucky to have a heritage quintessential country Aussie pub The Gold and Fleece Hotel 5 minutes down the road.
You can head down for a drink or dinner. They run a courtesy bus service for Glenayr Farm guests to the pub and back for $10 a head, or $50 for a booking less than 5 guests. You can book by calling the pub on 63738383.
In Mudgee, we are passionate about ‘Paddock to Plate’ and we are lucky enough to have local chef Karren from ‘Food and Farm Dining’ at The Gold and Fleece Hotel. Karren cooks both rustic country pub meals or fine dining options, both featuring locally sourced ingredients. Takeaway is available or if you would like dinner delivered, this can be done by prior arrangement ($50 delivery charges). Please call Karren on 0412522016.