Nothing says getaway to me like the transition between the seasons. When the weather is just cooling down enough so you can leave your house without drowning in a pool of sweat but you’re not breaking out the blankets.
For Novocastrians, when you say getaway we usually think Sydney, or maybe the Hunter Valley if we’re feeling so inclined but… what if I told you that there are amazing pockets of our great country that are well within arms reach for an extended weekend getaway?
Here at Newcastle Live we’re all about taking the opportunity to explore this great country of ours and to celebrate, we’re publishing a new series called “On The Road”. Kerouac jokes aside, over the next few weeks we will be showcasing some amazing getaways that make for a perfect excuse for a mini-break. Our first location? Mudgee of course.
Now you probably hear Mudgee and think woah woah woah Nelly isn’t that like… ages away? That’s where you’re wrong my friend because Mudgee is only a three and a half hour drive away from Newcastle aka a hop skip and a jump, which by my calculations means it falls well within weekend getaway range. Who wants to drive to Sydney on a Friday afternoon and spend the last hour and a half of the trip crawling along the Pacific Highway and frantically trying to navigate the maniacal streets? Not me, nuh uh no way. Not when you can visit wine country instead amirite?
Mudgee is in the heartland of the Mid-West of NSW. Rolling hills, open spaces and not to mention home to the best mezze platter I’ve ever eaten (but more on that later). Basically if it’s picturesque countryside and sunsets you’re after, welcome to paradise friends. With wineries a plenty, historical sights at every turn and famous country hospitality what more could you need in a romantic weekend away?
But where do I stay? Isn’t it all just Comfort Inns and dodgy motels?
Ok first of all the Comfort Inn in Mudgee is actually quite lovely but… I can understand if you’re after something a little more shall we say unique? Cosy? Delightful? Charming? Etc? Don’t worry we have you covered. Enter The Loft Mudgee. An eco, tiny home experience. I’ll start off by saying that I don’t use that word experience lightly, because any amount of time spent at the Loft is exactly that, an experience.
Situated about 15 minutes out of town (Piambong to be exact) and set on 26 acres, the Loft has everything you could ever need for a relaxing (not to mention unplugged) getaway. A split level tiny home complete with stove-top, state of the art bathroom, sitting area and verandah (complete with hammock swing) and if luxe is what you’re after you’ve found it.
As the name suggests, eco-minded owners and operators Kathyrn and Anthony (who, along with their son and adorable dog also live on the property) built The Loft with the conscious guest in mind. The Loft itself is made from predominantly recycled materials, runs off 12v electricity, includes a self-composting toilet and utilises tank water and solar power so your getaway has a smaller footprint than your typical weekend escape.
I will mention that the loft is set at the top of a relatively steep incline but the uninterrupted views are honestly to die for and worth every step of the way (literally).
A stay at the Loft will set you back about $195 per night and includes everything you need to make a delicious breakfast.
Where do I eat, isn’t it all pies and steak?
Don’t get me wrong I love a good pie, but I’m also keen on sampling something a little bit special when I’m away from home. Um hello Alby and Esthers! After a trip down a cobbled alleyway (cute) you’re greeted with lush green vines, outdoor vibes, and a pretty darn extensive menu. With a focus on local produce (and great cocktails) Alby and Esthers has a little something for everyone, I would recommend the Bruschetta or their famous jaffle. They are open Monday to Thursday 8-4 and From 8am-10pm Friday and Saturdays (sometimes Sunday, it is the country ya know).
Where do I drink? Isn’t it all beers in tins and rum?
Not that there’s anything wrong with rum but… you’re in wine country ya know? Mudgee is famous for having some of the best wineries in the state and it’s pretty easy to see why. What’s a weekend away to a wine region without some wine tasting amirite? Your first stop should most definitely be Moothi Estate, a tiny family owned vineyard serving up award winning wines, and phenomenal hospitality. Oh and this is where the platters come in… Their platter selection (because who doesn’t love wine and cheese) is out of this world and is there a better way to spend an afternoon than gorging on cheese, sipping on wine, and taking in the sunset? I personally think not.
So there you have it! Our first instalment of our On The Road series is complete! Where do you think we should go next? What’s your favourite holiday destination? If you suggest it, we will come!