The Mudgee Region’s historic buildings are providing a beautiful backdrop to tourism

Gulgong Historic streetscapeThe Mudgee Region’s historic buildings are providing a beautiful backdrop to a range of new tourism businesses. De Russie Suites in the historic Mechanics Institute sets a new benchmark for contemporary luxury regional accommodation, while Down the Track Café in the heritage listed Kandos Railway Station breathes new life into a building left behind by progress.

A hand built mud-brick hut overlooking the vineyard is the perfect place for artists to draw inspiration at Rosby Artists Retreat workshops, while a range of new sellers are setting up stall at the fabulous Mudgee Farmers Markets in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Church, parts of which date back to 1857.

The Gulgong Pioneers Museum celebrates its 50th Birthday this year and is based in the Old Times Bakery.  The Museum is one of the best known folk museums in New South Wales and is spread over an acre in historic Gulgong. While the historic vehicles on display at the Museum are a reminder of less hurried times, visitors now enjoy even more options to get to Mudgee in just 40 minutes with Aeropelican announcing four additional flights each week from Sydney.

New Luxury Accommodation at de Russie Suites Mudgee
Newly opened and located one block from Mudgee CBD, de Russie Suites Mudgee offers 13 self contained accommodation choices including studio, spa studio, 1 bedroom, 2 & 3 bedroom interconnecting family suites and The Blue Room penthouse suite. Built within the historic 1862 Mechanics Institute, the property is a self-contained, totally non-smoking apartment suite hotel decorated in a modern style with a European influence. The suites all have luxurious king beds, flat screen TV, Austar, minibar, kitchen and some suites have a balcony, bath or spa. Complimentary light breakfast is included to start the day. Go to:

Down the Track Café
While the trains stopped running through Kandos in 2011, heritage listed Kandos Railway Station has recently been rebirthed as ‘Down the Track’, a café, wine bar, and now cinema. With a focus on Mudgee historic Buildingquality produce, including award-wining local wines, jams and chutneys, Down the Track offers friendly service, fantastic food and exquisite ice-creams from Norgen-Vaaz. Now visitors have the chance to enjoy these great delights, sat on the platform next to an open fire while enjoying movie greats on a big screen mounted ‘Across the Tracks’. The movies kick off in April and what better place to enjoy classics like Casablanca and Dr Zhivago with their unforgettable train station scenes. And if that slice of the past isn’t enough for you, take home gifts and memorabilia to remind you of your trip down the track. Go to:

Artist Retreat Workshops and Sculptures In The Garden at Rosby Wines
On the same property as Rosby Wines, with their beautiful rustic cellar-door hut, Rosby Guesthouse has opened its doors to offer Artist Retreats throughout the year. Held over two days they feature guest artists who share their secret skills in print-making, mixed media portrait drawing and more. Coming up is Printmaking with Miriam Cullen (26-27 May) and Mixed Media Portraiture with David Newman-White (3 -4 July) Visit on 13-14 October 2012 and witness the gardens of the property transformed into an outdoor gallery with the annual Sculptures In The Garden event. The Artist Retreats cost $220 for a two day course. Artists can access discount accommodation rates at the beautiful Rosby Guesthouse. Go to:

Gulgong Pioneers Museum 50th birthday
One of Australia’s best regional museums notches up its 50th birthday this year and there’s no better time to check out their impressive collections. There is a huge and intriguing range of historic vehicles, steam engines, gold mining artifacts, machines, clothing, needlework and display rooms showing the living and working conditions of Gulgong’s pioneers. The Museum is based in the historic Times Bakery and through gradual expansion now occupies almost two blocks of the town. It’s a truly impressive collection, which includes an entire building dedicated to vintage phonographs and recording machines. Further information is available from Gulgong Historical Society on (02) 6374-1513.

New Products at Mudgee Farmers Markets & Kids Cooking Classes
Mudgee Fine Foods monthly Farmers’ Market continues to surprise and delight visitors to the region providing fresh regional produce at its best, grower expertise and a fun, lively atmosphere. Recent additions to the markets include Edrom Olives, award winning free-range Farmer Brown Pastured Eggs and Kurrajong Country Meats.  Local chef’s host Kids Cooking Classes at each monthly market, with gourmet pizza king Adam Hockley from Roth’s Wine Bar sparking up the wood fired oven on 19th May. Kids will put all that Play-Doh practice into action as Chef Adam shows them how to make pizza and bread. The Markets are held on the third Saturday of every month (8.30am to 12.30pm) operating under strict Farmers Market guidelines with all produce created within an 100 mile radius of the Mudgee Region by the stallholders themselves. Cooking Classes start at 9.30am for kids aged 8-12. The Markets are held in the grounds of historic St Mary’s Catholic Church. Go to

Extra Aeropelican Flights
Aeropelican has added four extra flights per week from Sydney to Mudgee. The fastest way to get to the Region is a 40-minute flight which takes in spectacular vistas over the Blue Mountains. Wednesday and Friday will see the introduction of a mid-morning flight departing at 10.30am and Wednesday and Sundays will see complemented with a mid afternoon flight.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5hour drive from Sydney in Central NSW or a 40-minute flight with Aeropelican. A food and wine lover’s paradise, there is also a range of arts, culture, history, and nature and wilderness experiences to be enjoyed.

Take A Historic Pub Trail Through Mudgee

Mudgee is steeped in history – it has more heritage listed buildings than any other town in NSW. Beer and wine lovers can rejoice as many are charming pubs, offering an ideal base to eat, drink and sleep your way through the Region. With over 20 to choose from this is a pub crawler’s paradise.

From Rylstone and Mudgee to Hill End and Gulgong each of the region’s pubs have their own unique story and architecture. Once inside, enjoy warm open fires, friendly locals, fresh food and great value accommodation. Cold beer is always on tap, along with a range of wines from the local cellar doors.

Many of the region’s pubs now sell beer from the Mudgee Brewing Company, the town’s first and only brewery which opened a new restaurant and café in May 2009. Highlights on a self-guided Pub Trail through Mudgee include:

The Royal Hotel (Hill End) – one of 27 hotels built in the 1870’s for the gold rush, this is the only one still standing, a legendary hotel for its atmosphere and stories, accommodates up to 20 people.

The Globe Hotel (Rylstone) – great country pub with a beer garden overlooking the town’s main street and beautiful plane trees, with 12 rooms it is an ideal base for visiting Dunns Swamp.

Kandos Hotel (Kandos) – a basic pub to meet the locals who work at the local cement works, used to hold up the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the gateway to the Wollemi National Park for canoeing, fishing, bushwalking or a river cruise.

Prince of Wales (Gulgong) – one of historic Gulgong’s oldest buildings, from the 1800s, this pub is brimming with warmth, great food and accommodation in units or motel rooms. The Girls Weekend away package is ideal for special occasions and includes a massage and wine tour.

The Post Office Hotel (Gulgong) – chat to the locals while you have a beer and enjoy the bistro food. Rooms are pub style and bathrooms shared, but the building’s history will charm you.

Lawson Park Hotel (Mudgee) – at the Red Heifer Grill they grow and serve their own Angus steaks, or enjoy a deep dish pie. The historic 1860 pub offers tastings from 25 local wines, and accommodation in seven rooms overlooking pretty Lawson Park in town.

The Oriental (Mudgee) – the famous Ori bistro is renowned for its juicy steaks and gourmet specials, it is recently renovated, with accommodation in seven rooms all with verandas, or the self-contained cottage next door

Mudgee Brewing Company (Mudgee) – a café and restaurant within this 100 year old converted wool shed, this is the only brewery in Mudgee.

“The pubs are a great way for travellers to enjoy Mudgee on a budget – they  offer more than luxury guesthouses and wineries – and they full of cultural and historical charm.” said Lucy White, Tourism Manager at Mudgee Region Tourism Inc.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney in the Central West of NSW. A food and wine lover’s paradise, there are also a range of arts, culture, history, nature and wilderness experiences to be enjoyed.

For more information on Mudgee’s pubs and touring contact the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre on 02 6372 1020 or go to

Mudgee has the highest number of heritage listed buildings on a per capita basis than any other town in NSW.

Crossing Motel and Junee NSW

Junee has a long and interesting history. It developed rapidly when the main railway line arrived in 1881, being halfway between Melbourne and Sydney. The wealth of the Junee is reflected in the many grand buildings still standing today.

A town built when people travelled by rail, walked to the shops and strolled on Sundays, Junee captures the beauty and history of rural Australia and combines this with modern facilities, fine dining and great attractions.

While staying at the Crossing Motel, the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, operated by Green Grove Organics, is well worth a visit. Also guided tours are available at “The Roundhouse Railway Museum” and Historic “Monte Cristo Homestead”.

The Crossing Motel provides 4-star luxury and first class hospitality, all rooms have air conditioning, queen size beds, remote TV, mini bar and free 8ch Austar. The Crossing Motel features a private and secluded salt water outdoor swimming pool and a gazebo, should you wish to escape from the sunshine and sit in the shade. A natural gas BBQ is provided for the use of our Guests to do some outdoor cooking.

The “Roundhouse Restaurant , maintains a friendly, family atmosphere, specialising in homestyle, wholesome cooking, using local organic products(when available) and generally ‘Celiac Friendly’ ingredients, providing a wide range of local and exotic cuisine to suit every taste. We are conveniently located 1/2 km from the town centre.

Discover Goulburn — Australia’s first inland city

Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds! Visit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

With so much more to see and do in Goulburn & Surrounds for the history buff, be sure to contact the friendly staff at Goulburn Visitor Information Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds!

St Saviour's Cathedral GoulburnVisit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

Standing sentinel over the city is the Goulburn War Memorial and Museum on Rocky Hill, providing unparalleled views of the City and district. The museum features a valuable collection of artefacts including a door from Changi prison.

The Remembrance Library at Mulwaree High School houses a militaria collection of over 5,000 acquisitions from the Vietnam War back to the NZ Maori War (open by appointment).

Take a step back in time when you visit the historic Goulburn Brewery. Designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, it is the oldest working industrial complex in Australia. Allow some time to do a self-guided or guided tour and sample the traditionally brewed ales.

Goulburn Railway StationNearby you’ll find Goulburn’s Rail Heritage Centre where you can have a guided tour of the railway workshop and 1918 roundhouse where veteran locomotives and rollingstock are under restoration.

For the engine and steam enthusiasts, be sure to visit when the Goulburn Historic Waterworks is steaming (approx. monthly and by prior arrangement).

Goulburn was one of the first regional centres to supply piped drinking water to its residents and the beam engine installed in 1883 remains fully operational.

You can trace your family history in Goulburn at the St Clair Folk Museum and Archives or at the Regional History Reading Room with a specialist librarian in the Goulburn Branch Library. There are many local history bookCentre on free call 1800 353 646 or visit:

Goulburn Heritage Tourism Walks and Tours

Take a step back in time on one of the self-guided heritage walks throughout the city of Goulburn, NSW. Many of the fine old buildings, built by our forefathers, have survived modernisation and can be discovered on one of the easy self-guided heritage walking tours.

Learn about Goulburn’s origins as Australia’s first inland city or discover the Goulburn of the 1890s authoress Miles Franklin, who famously wrote ‘My Brilliant Career’. The Miles Franklin’s self-guided tour commemorates Miles’ years as a resident in the Goulburn district. It features many of the sites mentioned in her books and journals and identifies places that she would have recognised in her numerous trips to the city.

The first steam railway in Australia was not a project of the NSW Government; nor was it a Sydney venture. The first steam railway was conceived in Goulburn and built by a private enterprise company controlled by Goulburn interests.

A special self-guided tour identifying Goulburn’s significant rail heritage sites has been created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of rail in NSW.

This tour begins at the old Goulburn Brewery that was established by the founding Director of the Sydney Railway Co.

Another self-guided tour that commences at the Brewery is the Governor Macquarie Historic Walking Trail along the Mulwaree Chain of Ponds. There is also a walking trail along the Wollondilly River that highlights some of the city’s historic sites.

For the cycling or motorbike enthusiast, Goulburn offers a number of heritage bike rides suited to all levels of fitness.

Goulburn Court House

These tours offer you the opportunity to explore and discover the wonderful history and views of the City. This tour is also suitable for self-guided drives of the City on inclement days or for the mobility impaired.

For coach groups; professional, local guides are available who can board your coach and provide a conducted tour of historic Goulburn. For bookings please contact the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre. For further details or to request a copy of any of these free self-guided tours phone 1800 353 646.

Dubbo Explorer Country

Dubbo is located in the centre of New South Wales in Explorer Country and one of regional Australia’s most popular holiday destinations.

Old Dubbo Gaol a fascinating close encounter with those harsh pioneering days when colonial justice was meted out at the end of a hangman’s noose is open every day from 9am – 5.00pm. Day Tours are self-guided and take approximately 1 hour. The Goal is located in Macquarie Street. Ph: 02 6801 4460.

Heritage Trails: Brochures and maps of various tourist drives and heritage trails are available from the Visitors Centre and step into a bygone era of historic pubs, turn-of-the-century cottages and imposing sandstone churches.

Discover the wonders at the Western Plains Dubbo Zoo. Go Cycling at the Zoo, or explore the Dubbo City Streets.

There are Scenic Flights over Dubbo and the surrounding countryside for the extravagant birds eye view of the region and its breathtaking scenery.

Jedda Boomerangs provide exhibitions of handcrafted boomerangs & throwing displays. Other Activities at Dubbo include Livestock Sales and Shows along with Jazz Festivals.

Goulburn’s Indigenous Heritage

In Goulburn NSW, the plains and Wollondilly River provided native game and fish for a number of the traditional aboriginal peoples including: Mulwaree, Tarlo, Burra Burra, Wollondilly, Wiradjuri, Gundungurra, Dharrook, Tharawal, Lachlan, Pajong, Parramarragoo, Cookmal and Gnunawal. The Goulburn region was known as a meeting place for all these groups, it wasn’t inhabited by just one group of people.

Great epidemics of disease largely wiped out the indigenous population in the 19th century and sadly, few of the original inhabitants remained by the turn of the 20th.

Records dating back to the 1830s indicate the river flats at Bungonia Road, on the outskirts of Goulburn city, was once the corroboree site of the Gandangara, who were virtually wiped out by an influenza epidemic in 1846/7.

Evidence remains of sites where stone tools were made and great corroborees were held – the last being late in the 19th century. Some known significant sites locally include:
· Goulburn Railway Station (a meeting place, corroboree site)
· Kenmore Hospital (ceremonial area)
· Rocky Hill (a bora site where initiations were held, a “man’s place”)
· Corroboree Hill near Taralga
· All Saints Church (corroboree site)
· Lansdowne Park Estate (burial site)
· Wollondilly River & Mulwaree Flats

Aboriginal meanings for some local place names include:
Wollondilly – water trickling over rocks
Mulwaree – long water
Pejar – large area of water
Wombeyan – big kangaroo
Canberra – meeting place
Bungendore – palace of gum blossoms
Wingecarribee – flight of birds
For more information contact the Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council on (02) 4822 3552 from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm. Fax: (02) 4822 3551. Address: PO Box 289, Goulburn 2580.

Additional resource: Aborigines of the Goulburn District (1992) by Jim Smith available for loan from the Southern Tablelands Regional Library.

To explore much more of Goulburn & Surrounds’ rich heritage, be sure to contact the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre by phone on free call 1800 353 646 or visit: