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Mudgee is an attractive and sophisticated country town of fine old buildings, located in the broad, picturesque and fertile Cudgegong River Valley. Surrounded by gently undulating hills it is noted primarily for more than 40 superb vineyards and outstanding providores, cafes and restaurants which accompany the vineyards and cellar doors. The area is also known for for its fine wool, beef, fat lambs, cereal crops, lucerne, vegetables and honey. It is the third largest grape growing region in New South Wales.
It is m above sea-level. It is claimed that 'Mudgee' is a corruption of a Wiradjuri Aboriginal term, 'Moothi', meaning 'nest in the hills'. The most interesting places include:. Post Office Located on the corner of Market and Perry Streets, this unusual single storey Classical Revival stuccoed-brick post office was built in It was one of the first major country post offices in the state. An impressive building it features an arcade with a pediment parapet and small belltower. It subsequently became the NAB and is now the offices of a local firm of solicitors. Town Hall A centrepiece for a very impressive run of heritage buildings, the Town Hall at 64 Market Street was built in and extensively renovated in It is officially classified by the National Trust.
The Heritage Council of New South Wales notes: "It is neo-classic in style having stuccoed pediments to windows and the elaborate central roof gable containing the date and name plaque and ventilator. The structure is of brick with stuccoed quions, window surrounds and central Mudgee new south wales australia - porch. A small Mudgee new south wales australia roof of corrugated iron is set behind a low parapet at the front and is surmounted by a flagpole turret with cast iron crestings. It has been classified by the National Trust. The large organ dates from and the church has some notable stained-glass windows.
Mudgee new south wales australia Church Street is the Sunday school hall which was built in as an Anglican school. It was a gift from Ivan Adams and is a War Memorial. Deed by Douglas Smith was opened in It still has some particularly impressive murals of Disney characters. It is currently closed and not open for public viewings. This may change. Check at the Visitor Centre. The sanctuary and vestry are part of the original sandstone building, with the present body added in and the steeple in The presbytery is one of the oldest standing buildings in Mudgee.
The church has an interesting mixture of Gothic and Byzantine architecture and the artist George de Pyro painted the impressive Stations of the Cross. Loneragan's Store Stretching along Church Street, beyond St John the Baptist Church is Loneragan's Store which was opened as a department store in and continued trading until Today it is divided up into smaller shops.
The first Wesleyan Chapel was built in and is now incorporated into the block of shops at the corner of Mortimer and Church Streets. It is an ideal place for a picnic. It also has a swimming pool and childrens' play facilities. The park has two sandstone monuments - one constructed in to commemorate 50 years of local government and the other dating from and recording the centenary of the arrival of Europeans in the district.
The collection contains circa 60, items displayed in several buildings on site which include a mid-nineteenth century hotel, an early twentieth century church, and a replica of a slab hut. It is open Monday - Friday Railway Station Located at the corner of Church and Inglis Streets is the impressive and elegant Victorian-era railway station with its elaborate French Empire style roof.
It was deed by John Whitton and built It is now home to Mandurah Studio which displays local arts and crafts. Flirtation Hill Lookout If you continue south along Church Street and take the second right into Madeira Road, then the third right at the top of the hill, you will reach Flirtation Hill Lookout which offers a panoramic view of the entire town. It was once covered with shade trees and was the favourite walk of loving couples.
So much was the locality patronised that an enterprising cabman named George Brown came from Sydney and carried passengers to and from the hill at sixpence per fare. There are over 40 vineyards in the valley and most have cellar doors. By the usual standards of honey shops, it is huge and offered all kinds of honey-related products - pure honey, creamed honey, gourmet honey, beepower active honey, beeswax, beeswax furniture polish, candles and soaps made from beeswax, skin and healthcare products and even honey wine that's mead.
Lawson had very strong ties to the Mudgee-Gulgong district. His parents were married in Mudgee in and Henry was born at the Grenfell goldfields. He was raised, from the age of six months to 15 years, in a cottage 8 km north of Mudgee at Eurunderee Mudgee new south wales australia known as 'Pipeclay'which was established after a gold find in He briefly attended the local Catholic school.
Lawson famously told stories at Mudgee's Miner's Arms Hotel and wrote much of his work while living in the area. The Henry Lawson Heritage Trail drive tour covers a total of 15 sites associated with Lawson and his writing. Many are only locations, and some are Mudgee new south wales australia mentioned by Lawson in his poetry and short stories, which is why this is for serious students of Lawson. The trail can be completed as a loop. Henry Lawson Memorial The Henry Lawson Memorial, which is located on Henry Lawson Drive, is an elegantly landscaped picnic area which has a well-preserved brick fireplace which is all that remains of the Lawson family house which was demolished in It is 8 km north of Mudgee on the right-hand side of Henry Lawson Drive.
It is now edged by two vineyards. It was completed in "to meet irrigation, stock and domestic needs in the Cudgegong Valley". The main attractions of the Dam and Lake are camping with cabins and caravan siteswater sports skiing, sailing, canoeing, swimming and fishing the lake is stocked with golden perch, Murray cod, silver perch and catfish. The lake covers 20 square kilometres with a total capacity of The wall of the dam is metres long and 67 metres high.
Cudgegong Waters Park, located just off the Mudgee Road at the southern end of the dam, has the only boat ramp onto Windamere Dam as well as cabins, campsites, barbecue areas, on-site caravans, a concrete boat ramp and a kiosk selling bait, lures, ice, groceries and petrol. Established in it covers over 70, ha of land which stretches for 90 km along the Goulburn River which wends its way past sandstone cliffs, caves and gorges that contain more than Aboriginal sites, reflecting the fact that the area was situated on a major trading route between the coast and the western plains.
The park is a haven for animal, bird and plant life. Expect to see emus, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, wombats and turquoise parrots. There are two obvious ro into the National Park: a the 22 km one way Spring Gully Drive which he north from Wollar Road to the Big River Campsite where you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, bushwalking, photography and wildlife observation.
The park is known as an ideal place for swimming, canoeing, bushwalking, photography and Mudgee new south wales australia observation. He was the first European to cross the Cudgegong River. It is open from 9. Unfortunately the Regent Theatre is now closed and, according to the Tourist information Centre, there is no access to view the Disney Art Deco. It seems to me that there might be a house farm? Would you happen to know if this is right? Should you not be able to help me, I wonder if you might suggest who else might. Print Mudgee, NSW Charming town in the heart of the third largest wine growing area in New South Wales Mudgee is an attractive and sophisticated country town of fine old buildings, located in the broad, picturesque and fertile Cudgegong River Valley.
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