Mudgee has a dynamic and friendly community with a strong and diverse economic base, providing opportunities for future business development and growth. The Region attracts almost 528,000 visitors each year to experience local wine, food, sporting and cultural events.
Early Australian architectural facades and historic buildings still line the wide streets of Mudgee. Today boutique shopping, cafes and restaurants, markets and vibrant arts community give the town an edge and ambience which the locals revere and visitors covet.
The Mudgee Region is home to approximately 24,076 people. Most of the population is centred around the main centre of Mudgee and outlying towns of Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone.
- Mudgee – 10,923
- Gulgong– 2,521
- Kandos -1, 315
- Rylstone – 920
The remaining population reside in the surrounding rural areas.
The Mudgee Region covers an area of more than 9,000 square km and includes the historic towns of Gulgong, Kandos, Mudgee and Rylstone in addition to many rural villages. The region stretches from the Wollemi National Park in the east to Lake Burrendong in the west and from the Goulburn National Park in the north to the Macquarie and Turon Rivers in the south
- Sydney – 3.5hrs drive or 40min flight
- Newcastle – 3.5hrs drive
- Wollongong – 4hrs drive
- Dubbo – 1.5hrs drive
The Mudgee Region has a skilled and diverse workforce employed in various industries. The primary employers in the Region include industries such as hospitality, tourism, viticulture, agriculture, mining and retail.
Mudgee has a warm temperate climate, that borders on a humid subtropical climate. Average summer temperatures range from a minimum of 15 degrees to a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius. Average winter temperatures range from a minimum of 2 degrees to a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius.
Living in Mudgee
Mudgee Region offers a vibrant lifestyle and prosperous economy which makes it the perfect place to live and raise a family. Visitors to the region experience a real country community with heart, soul and spirit.
Things to do:
- Horse racing
- Art groups
- Car clubs
- Music festivals and other major events
- Wine tours
- Dining at wineries/cafes
- Local markets
- Yoga/fitness centres
- Touring surrounding historic towns
There is a strong supply of adequately zoned land available in the Mid-Western Region for residential, business and investment purposes. As at 30 June 2017, there were over 145 listings for purchasing lands, 140 listings for rural land and 7 listings for acreage. The residential housing market has experienced significant growth in the last 12 months across all major towns. Vacant residential land sites and lifestyle acre blocks around the region average at $170,000 for block of land, ranging from 600 square metres to 14,000 square metres. The average cost per square metre is $106.24 around the region.
Industrial land prices are significantly lower than in metropolitan areas and therefore, the Region offers opportunities for businesses to buy land for expansion without the huge outlays. Prices for industrial land vary depending on the exact size and location and site specifications, but generally average around $147 per square metre.
The median house price in Mudgee is $372,594, Gulgong $304,205, Kandos $206,770, Rylstone $291,348
A key feature of the Region’s economy is its diversity. We offer jobs and business opportunities in a number of industries, including agriculture, viticulture, tourism and mining.
People in the Region are vibrant, energetic, artistic and intelligent. The quality and diversity of the local labour force provides the Region with a real competitive edge.
Our commercial, residential and retail diversity all make the Region an outstanding place to work and live.
Please see Our Jobs to view a full list of online resources for jobseekers.Our Jobs
The Region’s schools are of a high standard and adequately cater for the needs of local school aged children.
There are 13 Primary schools in the Region catering for K-6 children (including 2 Catholic schools) and 4 High schools (including 1 Catholic school to Year 10).
There are also a number of private and community based organizations providing access to quality childcare for children in the 0 to 5 years age group.
Primary and High Schools
- Mudgee High School
- Mudgee Public School
- Cudgegong Valley Public School Mudgee
- St Matthew’s Catholic School Mudgee
- Gulgong High School
- Gulgong Public School
- All Hallows Primary School Gulgong
- Rylstone Public School
- Kandos High School
- Kandos Public School
- Lue Public School
- Goolma Public School
- Lue Public School
- Ilford Public School
- Ulan Public School
- Bylong Upper Public School
- Hargraves Public School
- Hill End Public School
- Windeyer Public School
- Wollar Public School
Child Care Centres and Pre-Schools
- Mudgee Pre-School
- Imaginations Early Learning Centre
- Squeakers on Douro
- Squeakers Long Day Care Centre
- Puggles Child Care Centre
- Gulgong Pre School
- Happy Days Gulgong
- Rylstone Kandos Pre School
Other Education Facilities
- Mudgee TAFE
- Australian Rural Education Centre
- Red Hill Environmental Education Centre
Access to medical and health services is of relatively high standard for a regional area. There are doctors and visiting specialists based at medical centres in each of the major towns, as well as a major hospital in Mudgee which includes a maternity ward. There are smaller hospital facilities existing or in the process of being developed in the smaller towns.
The Region has a number of government agencies and departments with a local presence including:
- Business Enterprise Centre
- Roads and Maritime Service
The Region has a number of banks and credit unions for the community, including major banks such as NAB, ANZ, St George, Westpac and CBA, and credit unions such as Family First Credit Union and Newcastle Permanent.
The Mudgee Region hosts more than 50 events and festivals annually which draw big crowds of both local and visitors.
- Gulgong Henry Lawson Heritage Festival
- Mudgee Small Farm Field Days
- Kandos Street Machine
- Mudgee Wine & Food Festival
- Rylston StreetFeast
- Mudgee Running Festival
For a full list of upcoming events please visit www.midwestern.nsw.gov.au for further information.
There are more than 40 cellar doors to sample locally produced wines, a thriving art community with world class galleries, historical villages to enjoy lunch, shopping or one of the local museums, bird watching and natural indigenous heritage experiences, national parks and nature reserves, an excellent range of cafes, pubs and restaurants, boutique and antique shopping, community & farmers markets with outstanding local food products and arts and crafts, horse racing, miniature railway, fishing, canoeing and farm visits.
There are 10 local sporting grounds and 2 regional sporting grounds accommodating the majority of sports within the Mid-Western Regional Council area. All sporting fields have amenities and parking facilities.
The Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex, located on Pitts Lane, Mudgee is the region’s premier sporting facility catering for a variety of sports and events.
The Glen Willow netball complex has 20 courts and associated amenities.
Mid-Western Regional Council has three pool facilities within the Region that are located at Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos. There is also a wide range of gyms, fitness centres and classes including yoga, boxing, boot camp, karate, pilates, personal training, circuit, spin and zumba.
Football (soccer) Club the Mudgee-Gulgong Wolves, touch football club the Mudgee Mudcrabs, rugby union team the Mudgee Wombats and rugby league team the Mudgee Dragons are just some of the sporting clubs in the region.
Whilst some of the local favourite places to eat are in the CBD, there are also some fabulous places to dine not far from town. Nestled amongst the vineyards you will find restaurants and cafes at local wineries, renowned for quality food and wine.
There is an array of shopping in the Mudgee region with a great selection of boutique shops, chain stores and supermarkets. Mudgee’s main shopping centre is situated along Church and Market Streets with all stores within easy walking distance. However some larger stores are situated out on the eastern side of town.
The smaller towns of Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos offer a unique shopping experience with an eclectic array of shops and boutiques.
For a full list of local attractions please visit: www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au
To view all featured events see our regional events calendar.
Regional villages and towns
Gulgong is an old gold mining town, was the childhood home to Henry Lawson and is also the only town to feature on the old ten dollar note! Today, much of the 19th century character of the town remains, contributing to its appeal as a tourist destination.
Once a private village, Kandos is now a progressive town with a quirky underground arts community, and all nestled at the foot of the very grand Coomber Melon Mountain.
Rylstone’s charming 19th century streetscape was settled in the 1830’s, making it one of the oldest settlements west of the Great Dividing Range.