- March 4, 2017
All members and their guests are invited to join us on the first Club Weekend Drive of 2017.
We will meet at the home of Sue and Steve van der Sluys at East Lindfield for coffee any time after 8am with a 9am departure planned.
We may be joined further up the Pacific Highway and by those coming from the Newcastle Region at Denman and on to a light platter lunch at James Winery, Baerami.
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, about half an hour drive away to the South. Many of you will have memories of having visited the “Ten Dollar Town”. Refer www.gulgong.com.au
For dinner on Saturday night, Gulgong has some great pubs, a great 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. We will determine the best option for dinner when we know how many of you are interested to travel with us.
On Sunday morning after breakfast, there will be a few options including a travelling espresso machine: we will take an organised drive down through the old gold mining areas into the Mudgee Vineyards to the south.
Hopefully we will be joined by a few new Maserati Levantes!
We will visit just a few interesting wineries on the way including Bunamagoo Estate, owned by the Paspaley Pearl Family and Mansfield Estate, a producer of interesting Mediterranean Style wines.
Our luncheon destination is Di Lusso Estate, a producer of wonderful 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 www.dilusso.com.au
Some will depart later on Sunday for the drive home from Mudgee through the Blue Mountains.
For those remaining we propose to have a BBQ 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. www.owlheadlodge.com.au
Some accommodation remains available for your Saturday and Sunday (optional) stay at Owl Head Lodge. The owners of the Lodge also have some units available nearby in the side streets of the Gulgong township. 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.
We are proposing Gulgong only as an alternative place of accommodation to Mudgee. If demand exceeds supply at Gulgong , or for whatsoever reason, you are most welcome to stay at or near Mudgee which is less than half an hour drive away. There are some options in the vineyards in between Gulgong and Mudgee. Examples include the Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse, Wildwood Guesthouse, farmer’s Daughter Cottages etc. Information can be found at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au
On the Sunday morning there will be a place nominated so those staying in the Mudgee Vineyard region can catch up with those staying in Gulgong as we drive through the old gold workings and vineyards.
If you propose to return by the Bells Line of Road, please be aware of the restrictive revised speed limits, particularly given that the road is frequently patrolled at a number of locations and by moving highway patrol radar.
Date : 04/03/2017
Time : 9 A.M.
Location : Mudgee
State : NSW
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Phone : 0412 674 674