When to go
With its four-season climate (January brings the hottest temperatures, July the coolest), there's never a bad time to visit Mudgee. Book in March to get hands-on (and feet-on) wine-making experience at the annual Footcrush Feast at Robert Stein Winery & Vineyard (www.robertstein.com.au), where a vineyard tour leads to traditional hand-plunging and foot-crushing, and a well-deserved dinner. Gourmands should swing by in September for the month-long Mudgee Wine and Food Festival (www.mudgeewine.com.au).
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PlanesMudgee Airport is six kilometres from the township, and is serviced by Aeropelican (www.aeropelican.com.au) from Sydney (a one-hour flight).
TrainsMudgee Station is in the town centre, with connections from Sydney's Central Station on CountryLink (13 22 32; www.countrylink.info).
AutomobilesThe best way to explore the region's historic towns, national parks and wineries is by car. Mudgee is three-and-a-half hours' drive from Sydney, along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains or take the Bells Line of Road via Lithgow. From Canberra, it's a five-hour journey via the scenic Tablelands Way (www.tablelandsway.com.au), passing through Goulburn, Crookwell and Oberon to Bathurst, then Wattle Flat, Sofala and Mudgee. You can also route via Yass, Cowra and Wellington or via Cowra and Bathurst. From Newcastle, it's a four-hour drive along the attractive Bylong Valley Way (www.bylongvalleyway.com.au).