Mudgee is located in the Central West of New South Wales, in the Cudegegong River valley. It is 270 km from Sydney, 128 km from Dubbo and 192 km from Orange. The picturesque town is set on the banks of the Cudgegong River. Mudgee is known as a wine region and other rural produce in the area includes cattle, sheep, wheat, alfalfa, olives and more.
A family-friendly area, there are many locations for kids to enjoy in Mudge. There is an abundance of parks and playgrounds, some with picnic tables and other facilities.
The Mid-Western Regional Council Library regularly hold activities for children. The Mudgee Miniature Railway is open on the 2nd Sunday of every month, weather permitting. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Mudgee Honey Haven where kids can learn about bees and honey, and there is also a putt-putt golf course.
For an educational and fun day, visit the Mudgee Observatory for tours of the night sky. The Observatory is suitable for kids of all ages. For a day trip, Dunn’s Swamp which is located in the Wollemi National Park is a great spot for kids to go fishing, hiking and swimming.
The town regularly hosts food and music festivals, and there are annual carols in December at the Mudgee Showground, as well as a month-long food and wine festival each spring. Popular things to do year-round include winery tours (many of which are family-friendly), cycling tours, bushwalking, hot air ballooning and fishing.
There are many public schools, private schools and pre-schools in Mudgee. The Gowrie Early Education & Care Centre is a not-for-profit childcare catering to children from the age of 2 to 6. Gowrie has an extensive history of looking after children since it was founded in 1940. Located on Saleyards Lane, the Gowrie centre is run by Rebecca Catt. Rebecca works with a team of experienced educators to implement a high-quality educational experience.