Mudgee 2018


An inspiring visit to MUDGEE, Hill End and Gulgong.


A population close to 11,000 in the fertile Cudgegon River Valley. Mudgee is known for colonial buildings, wineries, sheep, cattle, dairy and mining. The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning “Nest in the Hills” or “mou-gee” meaning “contented”.




Hill End owes its existence to the 1850’s gold rush. With two newspapers, five banks, eight churches and twenty eight pubs, the population was 8,000 in the 1870’s. The end of the gold rush saw the population decline to 700 in 1945 and only 80 residents in 2017.

Artists such as Donald Friend, Russell Drysdale, David Strachan, Jean Bellette, Margaret Olley and Jeffrey Smart discovered HE in the late 1940’2. It became an artists’ colony and the Hill End artist-in-residence program ensures the continuity of this connection.

Hill End



30km north of Mudgee, much of the 19th century character of the town remains, including the Prince of Wales Opera House. The Gulgong Pioneer Museum has complete buildings relocated to a ‘street’ on the site.




We depart Sydney by train from Central Station to Katoomba for lunch and gallery visit in the Cultural Centre. Early afternoon transfer by private coach to Mudgee and our accommodation at Rosby and Wildwood. We’ll explore, paint and draw on these magnificent properties as well as visit the Mudgee township, Gulgong and Hill End during the week. We’ll return by private coach to Lithgow for the mid afternoon train to Sydney.

There will be opportunities to paint/draw at all destinations as well as a full day en plein air at Rosby (Tue 10th). If you do not wish to create art you may prefer to drink fine wine with a good book in a magnificent peaceful setting. Alternatively to walk and explore this historical area at a leisurely pace.







  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • casual clothing and covered shoes
  • toiletries and nightwear
  • light jacket
  • umbrella / rainjacket (just in case!)

WHAT TO BRING – art materials

  • any easily portable materials and surfaces you wish to use (no oils)
  • lightweight portable seat (optional)


Rosby is a luxurious homestead retreat with commanding views over the Mudgee region, 10 minutes from town. Four king-size rooms, all with private ensuites and verandahs, lead into huge shared living spaces under cathedral hardwood ceilings. Included are all the pampering details discerning travellers should expect in boutique accommodation: luxury bathroom products, high-quality cotton linen, an open fireplace, premium hand-sourced interiors, artwork and fluffy bathrobes.

Wildwood is nestled in 150 acres of undulating grasses and rambling woodland. Four master bedrooms with private ensuites are appointed with beautiful timber furnishings, fine cotton bed linen and individual french doors to the verandah and bushscape.


  • private coach transport/driver
  • luxury accommodation/breakfast at Rosby and Wildwood (10km from Mudgee)
  • lunch and wine tasting (Tue 10/4)
  • dinner at Rosby (Mon 9/4)
  • dinner at Wildwood (Tue 10/4)

Please notify at time of booking if you have dietary limitations (or bring supplements)


  • return train fair ($2.50 senior)
  • lunch days 1,3,4,5
  • dinner days 3&4



DAY ONE / Monday 9 April

9.18am depart Sydney Central by train to Katoomba
Visit Cultural Centre for ‘Biennial World Heritage Artist in Residence’ exhibition
Lunch – Cultural Centre Cafe
Depart Katoomba by private coach early afternoon.
Arrive Rosby/Wildwood late afternoon.
Relax and dinner at Rosby.


DAY TWO / Tuesday 10 April

Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation followed by en plein air exploration around Rosby with commanding views. Morning tea, sit down lunch and wine tasting with our host Gerald Norton Knight. Coffee and tea on tap all day.
Relax and dinner at Wildwood.


DAY THREE / Wednesday 11 April

After breakfast we depart by private coach for a day tour to Hill End. Visually arresting and with a fascinating history, we’ll explore and record our memories of this town.
Return late afternoon for dinner in Mudgee.

Hill End

DAY FOUR / Thursday 12 April

After breakfast we depart for a tour of Gulgong and Mudgee (with art materials!)
Lunch in Gulgong and dinner in Mudgee.

DAY FIVE / Friday 13 April

After breakfast and a leisurely morning we depart by private coach to Lithgow for an afternoon train to Sydney.




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