Club Weekend Drive to Gulgong and the Mudgee Vineyards

Club Weekend Drive to Gulgong and the Mudgee Vineyards

Event Phone: 0418279813

  • May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are planning a Weekend Drive to Gulgong and the Mudgee Region again this year.

We propose to depart from the East Lindfield home of Sue and Steve van der Sluys after coffee at 8am and may be joined further up the Pacific Highway and at Jerrys Plains by those coming from Northern Sydney and the Newcastle Region.

The route to Lunch at Jerrys Plains near Denman will be via Broke. The Route is optional as there will be some who would like to travel the Wollombi Road and others may prefer to travel to Broke and on to Jerry's Plains via via Freemans Waterhole and Cessnock.

A casual lunch a la carte lunch is proposed at The Vines Restaurant of Hollydene Estate - 3483 Golden Highway Jerry's Plains 2330.

We will then proceed on to Gulgong - founded on the 1851 Gold Rush. Gulgong is a typically old and very quiet bush town compared with the now bustling town of Mudgee, less than half an hour drive away to the South. Many of you will have memories of having visited the "Ten Dollar Town".

For dinner on Saturday night, Gulgong has some great pubs, a tasty Thai and one of the very top rated Indian Restaurants in NSW. There is a minibus service that operates between the town and local accommodation options like Owl Head Lodge, a few kilometres out of town. We will determine the best option for dinner when we know how many of you are interested to travel with us. At this stage the Commercial Hotel appears the best option according to the locals. Unfortunately last year it was closed for a function when we visited.

On Sunday morning after breakfast, there will be a few options like the Butcher's Café in Gulgong and visit to the famous Stacks Store. The travelling espresso machine will be working again for those at Owl Head Lodge.

We will then take an organised drive down through the old gold mining areas into the Mudgee Vineyards to the south.

We will visit just a few interesting wineries on the way including one or two we visited last year.

Our luncheon destination is Di Lusso Estate, a producer of accomplished wines using predominantly Italian grape varieties. Di Lusso has provision so that we may park on the grass in an organised area. It is truly a delightful environment where lunch will be served. Take a look at

Some will depart later on Sunday for the drive home from Mudgee through the Blue Mountains or the now more policed Bells Line of Road.

For those remaining until Monday morning, there will be a BBQ Dinner on Sunday night at Owl Head Lodge, just south of Gulgong in the middle of nowhere - looking out on open pastures and vineyards from an elevated position.

Some accommodation remains available for your Saturday and Sunday night stay at Owl Head Lodge. The Ten Dollar Town Motel has a good rating, the Telegraph Station behind the Post Office has one Studio and one 2 bedroom unit - fairly equal in quality to Owl Head. The Gulgong B and B at the Wesleyan Chapel is considered to be very nice too. There are some links included below to assist you to locate accommodation options and to learn more about the Region.

If demand exceeds supply at Gulgong, or for whatsoever reason, you are most welcome to stay 20-30 minutes away at or near Mudgee. On Sunday morning there will be a place nominated so that we can all catch up as we drive through the vineyard region.

Click here for some pictures from last year's run to Mudgee.

Please register your interest with :

Steve van der Sluys (m)  0412 674 674 (e)

Stephen Wells (m) 0412 166 815 (e)

Date : 05/05/2018

Time : 8 A.M.

State : NSW

Email :

Contact Person : Steve van der Sluys

Phone : 0412 674 674