A bout of home schooling and COVID lock down meant our family was in some desperate need of fresh air. Once restrictions lifted we packed our bags and headed out of Sydney for a weekend country escape.
The excitement, as our kids happily peered out the car window and watched the concrete jungle turn into gorgeous rolling green landscape was indescribable.
Our family drove into the picturesque little town just after lunch. The town centre is very quaint, you can tell this township has a lot of history, which we love.
We didn’t waste anytime and got straight into the sightseeing, heading up to the lookout, Flirtation Hill. Next stop was the most beautiful space, Lawson Park. All the kids happily ran around and explored for hours, so much so we ended up spending the rest of the afternoon there.
As day turned to dusk we headed to our gorgeous Airbnb. It was extremely homely, spacious and fit two families comfortably (we travelled with some family friends and their kiddies). Its proximity to town was amazing. The gardens were really adorable and the highlight for us (coming from Sydney) was the luxury of having floor heating.
After a quick freshen up for all, we went to grab some dinner at Jumbucks Chinese Fusion restaurant. The food was fabulous and it also catered for the kids, which meant everyone was happy and left satisfied.
Back at the Airbnb it was Mario Kart championships into the wee hours of the morning.
Today we took a leisurely drive across to Dubbo to visit Western Plains Taronga Zoo. It took us around 1 ½ hours to drive there from Mudgee, which we thought was pretty good and not too far at all.
The kids absolutely loved Dubbo Zoo! All loved the experience of seeing the animals in a more open, natural environment. The lion’s and giraffes were among our favourites. My boys have been learning about echidnas so they thought it was pretty cool to come up close and personal with one in real life.
Due to COVID, there were no animal talks, but what we thought was super cool was that you could scan the QR codes with your phone, to watch the usual talks on your phone.
For lunch we enjoyed the zoo grounds with a picnic, while watching all the cheeky monkeys on their island.
After taking in as much as we could at the zoo, we headed into Dubbo for dinner at Burger Urge- after a day of walking around it’s just what we needed.
We said goodbye to Dubbo and drove back to Mudgee, After an action packed day, the rest of the evening was spent chilling out.
Of course you can’t go to Mudgee without experiencing the stellar wines.
Lowe Wines was our first stop. It was a gorgeous vineyard, perfect to soak up a lovely winter’s afternoon. There was a lovely lake that we sat beside and indulged ourselves with a gorgeous platter of feta and freshly made bread and of course wine!
Before continuing on our wine tour we stopped for lunch at Red Heifer Bistro, located inside the historic Lawson Park Hotel.
The food was divine – fantastic steaks!!
After all the good food we needed some more wine to wash it down, wine! The kids enjoyed the afternoon perfecting their rock skimming techniques.
Logan Wines was our next stop. Words cannot describe how beautiful this vineyard was. After exploring the grounds we purchased some bottles as souvenirs (seriously can you get a better souvenir?).
Logan Wines was our last stop before heading back home to Sydney. It was sad to say goodbye to the Central West, but this little getaway was exactly what we needed. We loved it so much we’ll all be back for more exploring very soon!
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Accommodation: Dewhurst House