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Top 5 Touring Drives In The Mudgee Region
mudgee nswAustralia's Mudgee region is ideally situated in Central New South Wales, lying approximately 261 kilometres North-west of Sydney. Hidden in the beautiful Cudgegong River Valley, the name 'Mudgee' sure does live up to its name of "Nest in the Hills'. Although the region is most famous for its amazing wine production, it also offers a unique agricultural diversity, some brilliant National Parks and stunning scenery, which give the town a country feel, while still hinting at a city's worth of things to do. Another thing that the region does particularly well are its driving routes. With a total of 9 scenic routes, the possibilities here are endless!

Touring Drive 1 - The Black Stump

The Black Stump drive can best be undertaken by travelling along Cope Road, from Gulgong to Ulan. The quaint town of Ulan is perhaps most famous for its coal mines, 'The Drip', a series of majestic cliffs dripping clear spring water, and the 'Hands on the Rock', a historic Aboriginal site. After you have explored the entirety of Ulan, head along the Golden Highway, where turning right will take you straight into Great Dividing Range territory. This part of the country is home to some incredibly picturesque landscapes, and everything about it will delight and enchant you. If you decide to turn left off the Golden Highway, you will be led to Coolah, along a drive that will introduce you to lovely hills and valleys and the rich soiled plains of the Coolaburragundy River. It is in Coolah that you will find the Black Stump and the Coolah Tops National Park, which is home to some magnificent cascading waterfalls and snow gums. The friendly and inviting atmosphere in Coolah makes it irresistible to spend a night and the Black Stump Inn is just the place to sit back and relax!

Touring Drive 2 - Dunedoo

The driving route will take you along the Castlereagh Highway and eventually onto the infamous Golden Highway. Journey towards Dunedoo, and you will be blessed with sweeping plains and countryside that is unique to this part of the country. The small country town is home to an historic railway station, museum and the court house, which are all interesting and worth a visit. Quaint cafes and hotels line the remainder of the streets, so be sure to enjoy a home-style meal before heading back to Gulgong.

Touring Drive 3 - A National Park Haven

Although Gulgong is a small heritage area, it is rather famous, mostly owing to its status as the town present on the ten dollar note. The town boasts a rich heritage, which is clearly evident through the famous Pioneers' Museum, the Henry Lawson Centre and the Prince of Wales opera House. This small town will take you on a journey through Australia's past, introducing you to some of our country's most intriguing history. Other surrounding towns definitely worth a look include Merriwa and Cassilis, which are home to beautiful rolling hills and a peace nd serenity that will leave you feeling calm and relaxed.

Drive through the gateway to the Goulbourn River and you will come across the charming little town of Wollar. This charming little settlement is nestled in the slopes and hills of the Great Dividing Range, guaranteeing a breathtaking countryside that you simply can't forget your camera for. Be sure to climb Lee's Pinch and take in the picturesque views of the rolling hills, flowing river and the Sandy Hollow railway line.

Touring Drive 4 - Mudgee and Home Rule

After exploring Mudgee's amazing wineries take the short drive out to discover the jewel of a town that is known as Henry Lawson, Home Rule. Cruise along the Henry Lawson Drive and pause for a moment at the memorial dedicated to this great Australian poet. This is a town that will give you a true sense of what it means to be an Australian.

Touring Drive 5 - Valleys Beyond

Drive to the historical village of Lue and explore Ferntree Gully, a spectacular rainforest that offers majestic views. Journey a little further along the road and you will discover Rylstone, a small town which is characterised by beautiful old buildings, brilliant scenery and a great heritage walk. Take a wander into the Wollemni National Park and you will come across Dunns Swamp, an ideal location for bushwalking, camping, canoeing, swimming and fishing. Exploring this region will put you right back in touch with nature and explore some of the hidden beauties of New South Wales.

The Mudgee region offers some of the country's best driving routes, which should be attempted at least once in a lifetime. Although this is only a small handful of what is on offer, the featured tours encompass the essence of the region, through their brilliant displays of countryside, culture and heritage. Exploring the Mudgee region will offer a unique and environmentally friendly experience; an experience that you will be able to remember forever.

Christine Barton

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