Attractions

Attractions

Kirima Cottages is located on a tarred road just 5 minutes from the restaurants (Blue Wren does a pickup/dropoff from Kirima) and historical buildings of Mudgee township, and a short drive to the vineyards. It is the ideal base to explore the surrounding districts, the attractions and fine produce that our area has to offer.

We also recommend the Hill End tourist drive which features the following attractions, to name but a few:

Mudgee Honey Haven
Here you’ll find the widest selection of honeys available which you can taste test before deciding on your favourites. Kids will love watching the bees hard at work through a special glass window which shows a cross section of a real working bee hive. Or have a putt on their 18 hole putt putt golf course.

Burnbrae Winery & Vineyard
Exceptional hand crafted wines which offer both personality and regionality and a warm cellar door experience, Burnbrae is increasingly a magnet for those in the ‘know’.

Thistle Hill Wines
This vineyard is unusual, even in the organic world, because chemical sprays have never been used on their vines.  It doesn’t get purer than this and you can truly taste the difference! Winner of Australia’s Best Organic Wine in 2009.

Mudgee Observatory

Mudgee Observatory  
Located away from the town lights, this is where night skies can be viewed as they were meant to be viewed. Gaze at a jewelbox of constellations, view startling nebulas or enthrall at a star in its death-throes. Best $10 you’ll ever spend!

Blacklea Vineyard & Olive Grove
The “experience you’ll remember” is waiting for you at their Cellar Door where you can taste their range of premium wines, olives & olive oils, and a variety of other products grown on the estate.

Grathlyn Farm –  A hardworking merino wool farm, this is a chance for families and visitors to get together and see how wool is made as it comes off the sheep right up to the finished product. You can see the sheep being shorn, feed the poddy calf and the lambs, watch the dogs working hard on the farm, and enjoy a day playing sheep farmer.

History Hill
The largest privately owned gold rush collection in Australia, History Hill is dedicated to the land, time and people of Australia’s gold rush era. A hands on approach to getting inside the world of the 1800’s, History Hill holds a comprehensive display of historical artifacts including gold fossicking and mining tools, working models of gold rush life and an impressively large collection of Chinese goldfields instruments, personal documents, photos and handicrafts. Allow at least half a day, there is so much to see and too many things to learn while you step back into living history.

Bald Hill Underground Tourist Mine 
Bald Hill is an original 1870 gold rush mine. Guided tours walk 80 metres into the tunnel viewing demonstrations of gold rush tools, view quartz veins and hear stories of the miners. There is an optional 30 metre climb via 10 ladders to the surface. Tour lasts approximately one hour. Bookings are essential.

Golden Gully's raw, earthen landscape echos the effects of 1850s mining

Golden Gully’s raw, earthen landscape echoes the effects of 1850’s mining

Hill End Historic Site
“History comes alive in Hill End; you can really feel the past”

Step back in time at Hill End Historic Site and discover the enduring legacy of colonial New South Wales and the roaring early days of the gold rush.  Explore the town on a self-guided tour starting at the Hill End Visitor Centre and museum. You’ll find streetscapes and buildings little changed since the village’s 1870s goldmining heyday.

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