Mudgee, Australia

Perry Street Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$116.76

Price information

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Berlin-inspired boutique


Well-aged wine country

Within easy reach of Sydney in rural New South Wales, Perry Street Hotel is perfectly placed for a winery weekend getaway, with more than 40 vineyards at your doorstep. Once an 1862 Mechanics Institute, its heritage building has been brought bang up to date with chic, Euro-influenced touches.

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Need to know


13 suites.


10am; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. Reception is open from 7am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, and until 7.30pm Sunday.


Double rooms from $116.76 (AU$153), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD168.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a signature Perry Street breakfast bag, WiFi and minibar snacks.


The grand, two-storey red-brick building housing Perry Street Hotel began its life as a Mechanics Institute in 1862, before becoming a library, and finally a sensitively restored hotel. Linger on the staircase leading up to the rooms, where details of the hotel's salvage story are displayed, along with old photos of Mudgee.

At the hotel

Lobby, free WiFi throughout, on-site parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV and DVD player, iPod dock, L’Occitane bath products, minibar, well-equipped kitchenette, Nespresso machine. Guests staying in the Blue Room are also welcomed with champagne.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms are sleek, sumptuous and impeccably styled, taking notes from elegant European design. We love Junior Spa Suite 201 for its blissful spa bath and balcony: a perfect spot to sit with a coffee watching sleepy Mudgee wake up. For extra space, bag the impressive Blue Room.

Packing tips

Your iPod, loaded with a killer playlist to plug into the dock in your room, and a camera to capture the gorgeous countryside, but leave enough space in your suitcase for a couple of bottles of local wine and olive oil to take home.


Pets are not permitted. See more pet-friendly hotels in Mudgee.


Perry Street is a decidedly sophisticated stay, ideal for a child-free winery weekend. If you do have wee ones in tow, the hotel has family-friendly interconnecting suites, or can provide a cot in any room (for AU$10). Babysitting is available.


The hotel recycles, uses eco-friendly lighting and draws on local produce and tradespeople.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

With views over Mudgee and the hills beyond, the rattan sofas on the first-floor terrace are a seductive spot for a sundowner.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, but provides a wealth of information on dining spots nearby, as well as a delicious daily breakfast bag delivered to your room. Inside, you'll find locally-sourced produce such as muesli (ask for gluten-free if you prefer), freshly baked breads and Hank's Jam, along with juice and hot chocolate.

Hotel bar

Although there's no bar at Perry Street Hotel, a well-stocked minibar beckons in every room, offering a selection of local wines, boutique beers, still and sparkling water and on-the-house snacks.


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Perry Street Hotel
Corner Perry and Gladstone Streets,


Mudgee Station is a five-minute drive from the hotel, with services from Sydney on CountryLink (13 22 32; Transfers to the hotel can be arranged on request from AU$5.


Mudgee is three and a half hours’ drive from Sydney, along the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains or follow the Bells Line of Road via Lithgow. From Canberra it’s a five-hour journey via the scenic Tablelands Way. There is free on-site parking at the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Mudgee’s top-shelf attraction is its wineries, with almost all cellar doors open year-round, many of them seven days a week. It pays to plan ahead to decide which of the 40-plus vineyards you’d like to visit. Book an organised wine tour or guide your own course around the vineyards by car or bicycle. One of our favourites is Optimiste (+61 (0)2 9967 3294), a family-owned vineyard where local food, wine and art can be sampled in the beautifully restored old farmhouse, now the tasting room. Mudgee is also home to Australia's first certified organic vineyard Botobolar (+61 (0)2 637 33840). Other names to conjure with include Logan, which has a chic modern tasting room with stellar views, pioneering Robert Oatley Vineyards, Skimstone and Di Lusso Estate.

Four spectacular national parks – Wollemi, Goulburn River, Munghorn Gap and Coolah Tops – are within easy reach of Mudgee, offering a wealth of walking trails, wildlife and picnicing spots.

History buffs should visit nearby Gulgong, a charming 19th-century gold rush town, where narrow streets reflect the lines of the original tent settlement that housed the thousands who flocked to the area to seek gold in the mid 1800s.

Mudgee town centre boasts boutique shopping, art studios and restaurants, all within walking distance of Perry Street. Further afield, tee off at Mudgee Golf Club.

Local restaurants

Sajo’s Lounge Bar & Restaurant (+61 (0)2 6372 2722) at 22 Church Street in Mudgee serves reliably good food and has a bar that boasts an impressive list of cocktails alongside local wines. Set in the barrel hall of its eponymous winery at 433 Ulan Road in town, Blue Wren (+61(0)2 6372 6205) dishes up a fresh, quality menu in a relaxed atmosphere. It is open for morning tea, brunch and lunch every day; and for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6.30pm. Pipeclay Pumphouse at Robert Stein Winery is open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, lunch on Thursday to Sunday and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday (+61 (0)2 6373 3998).

Local cafés

Housed in an old butcher's, local favourite the Butcher Shop Café (+61 (0)2 6372 7373), at 49 Church Street, is open for breakfast and lunch daily, offering good coffee and generous brunches made with locally-sourced seasonal produce. Caffeine-fiends should get their fix at Alby & Esthers Coffee House & Wine Bar (+61 (0)2 6372 1555), popular for its friendly service and stylish decor.

Local bars

Roth’s Wine Bar (+61 (0)2 6372 1222), at 30 Market Street, Mudgee, is the oldest wine bar in New South Wales, with a wine list as long as its history. Savour a glass in the pretty courtyard (and catch live music on Friday or Saturday nights).


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Heading west, the black ribbon of road separating the electric city from fertile farmland snaps the moment Mrs Smith and I cross the Blue Mountains. Easing pedal from metal, we roll into Cudgegong Valley, land of rich soil, hot sun and summer storms that rain manna from heaven down into a Grape Dividing Range below.

Here lies Mudgee, a town that truly hit the map in 1851 when its population exploded from 200 to 20,000 by 1870. But when the gold ran dry in the last gasps of the 19th century, it left a thirsty town ripe for the picking by suburban escapees and discerning romancers keen for some gastronomic grazing and high-end canoodling.

Perry Street Hotel inhabits one of Mudgee’s most beloved and iconic buildings, the Mechanics Institute (built in 1861). Once a hub for locals attending dances, concerts, theatres, even circuses and later a school and library, its colourful history infuses the beautifully revitalised nexus of the 13 self-contained suites we find waiting today.

Our first-floor Junior Spa Suite retains the soaring raked ceilings of yore with cathedral windows shaded by boldly patterned blinds. Interiors are quiet and muted, perfect for bunkering down in from our king-size feather pillow-top. And the French doors open out onto a sprawling veranda perfect for quiet sundowners or convivial catch-ups with pals. Not that we’re here to entertain anyone but each other.

And we’re well set for that. The bed springs bounce like a bank robber’s cheques and the fabled spa is small but deep enough for two. In the kitchenette, Nespresso pods are purring and there's a gift-bag of rustic breakfast fodder – muesli from nearby Morpeth and tea, juices, artisan bread and jams from neighbouring farms. A welcome cookie on the bed is crumbs beneath our bums in seconds.

Perry Street recommends dinner at the Blue Wren winery, and a minibus comes to collect us for the short drive. The tin shed dining room is cosy with slow combustion hearths but the kitchen misfires on our visit, with flavour lamentably lacking from all four of our pricey dishes. Things pick up the next morning at Butcher Shop Café, where the Skyscraper burger lays a fine foundation for a day of wine tasting.

Like the hawks overhead, we ride the thermals wherever the winding road takes us, meandering through Petersons, Pieter van Gent and Robert Stein wine estates, oiling our necks on prize-winning rieslings and fab cab savs and chain-nibbling olives. Most of these cellar doors are manned by women, all seers on the hallowed subject of vino.

We turn for Perry Street with a glow as warm as the burnt-butter dusk over Mudgee. A quick kip at the suite and we’re ready to kick-start our kidneys and palates afresh. This time we stroll around the corner to Eltons, a cute diner flickering warmly from behind the stained glass façade of a turn-of-the-century pharmacy.

In 2013, Eltons was bought by Greg Nicholas, a chef fresh from the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White, and the proud husband to a Mudgee girl. His menu of simple yet sublime modern Australian dishes veers between duck dumplings, pork belly with scallops, Hereford beef and prawn-stuffed chicken. It’s all locally sourced, lusciously cooked and elegantly presented by maître’d Aroha. We float back to Perry Street high on world-class hospitality and soulful regional produce.

There’s time for a nightcap on the veranda under a star-lit sky. Mudgee is aslumber but it’s easy to imagine the ghosts of the town’s past spilling into the street from this old building after a night boot-scooting the light fantastic into the wee small hours. It’s the cue for Mr and Mrs Smith to wink out the lights and go dancing in the dark.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Perry Street Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Beautifully decorated antique building. Be sure to do the Castle Rocks walk; And make a booking for lunch or dinner at Pipeclay Pumphouse;

Don’t expect

Two suggestions for the hotel management; 1) Needing new passwords daily for Wi-Fi login is archaic. You should have a single password for the duration of the the guests stay. 2) The slope at the street entrance is too steep and caused my car bumper to get scratched. That can be easily rectified to avoid a recurrence for future visitors.


Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

The hotel design, veranda, kimonos. Visit Lowe's Winery for great wine tasting and lunch. 9/10

Don’t expect

I thought the hotel restaurant and staff service wasn't as good after 8pm


Stayed on 24 Feb 2016

We loved

The on-trend design of the room interiors, while still maintaining the heritage of the original Mechanics Institute building. Friendly staff happy to help out with local recommendations.

Don’t expect

Being able to dine in the hotel. The rooms have mini-kitchens so you can cook for yourself, but you should definitely make the short stroll into town to try out the local eateries, or head out to the local wineries that double as restaurants.


Stayed on 29 Aug 2015

We loved

The ambiance, style, attention to detail and service. Interior design is cosy and sleek at the same time.

Don’t expect

Restaurant/ Bar.


Stayed on 16 Aug 2015

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