Mudgee Art Tour


Please join me for an inspiring visit to Mudgee,  Rylstone and Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp in the Wollemi National Park 

20 – 23 April 2021



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”.



A small town in the Central Tablelands region located on the Bylong Valley Way Road route. A population of almost 650 people at the 2016 census. Early explorers travelled this area in the early 1800s including Samuel Marsden, Macquarie, Edward Cox, James Blackman Jr., Jamison, FitzGerald, John Nevell and James Vincent.

Local indigenous Aboriginals were the Dabee tribe; part of the Wiradjuri group of people.

The area is rich in natural mineral resources including coal, which extends from near Lithgow to Rylstone. It is an undeveloped coal resource and one of the last to be exploited.



A highly scenic rainforest area 17 kms north of Rylstone with walking tracks into the cool, narrow fern tree studded valley floor. Also around the top edge of the rocks with views of the valley and unusual rock formations on either side.

Allow a minimum of one hour to do the loop walk or longer to enjoy the rock formations, ferns and orchids along the way. Plants include large fig trees, the Pandora pandoreana with its entangled maze of roots and rock orchids, some of which are unique.

Keep an eye out for lyre bird, rare powerful owl, scrub turkey, glossy black cockatoo, echidnas, marsupial mice, grey kangaroos, wombats and wallabies. A reasonable degree of fitness is required for the walk through the gully and returning via the top track. Take food and water.



Ganguddy (also known as Dunn’s Swamp) is a small water storage on the upper Cudgegong River built in 1930 to supply water for Kandos Cement Works. The land around the waterway is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service as it is part of Wollemi National Park. It’s stunningly beautiful!


We depart Sydney by train from Central Station to Mt. Victoria, then private coach transfer to our accommodation at Mudgee’s Getaway Cottages.  We’ll explore, paint and draw around the areas surrounding Rylstone, Fern Tree Gully Walk and Ganguddy-Dunns Swamp with time to explore Mudgee later in the day and for evening meals (or self cater in your cottage if you prefer). We return to Sydney by private coach from Mudgee and then mid afternoon train from Lithgow. 



  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • casual clothing and covered shoes
  • toiletries and nightwear
  • light jacket
  • water bottle
  • thermos for hot drinks when out walking (optional) 


WHAT TO BRING – art materials

  • any easily portable materials and surfaces you wish to use 
  • lightweight portable seat (optional)



Mudgee’s Getaway Cottages 



  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at Mudgee’s Getaway Cottages
  • private coach/driver for all excursions and transfer from Mt. Victoria Station to Mudgee/return
  • 1 Yum Cha lunch
  • 3 picnic lunches
  • welcome dinner 



  • train fare Sydney-Mt. Vic / return ($2.50 senior one way)
  • alcohol
  • 2 dinners


DAY ONE / Tue 20 April

  • Depart Sydney by Blue Mountains train from Central ($2.50 senior) approx 8.50am
  • Arrive Mt. Victoria approx mid day
  • Lunch and private coach transfer to Mudgee
  • Welcome dinner


DAY TWO / Wed 21 April

  • Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation
  • Full day en plein air exploration to Rylstone and Fern Tree Gully Walk 
  • Lunch at Yum Cha & Tea House, Rylstone 
  • Return to Mudgee late afternoon
  • Free choice for dinner in town or self cater


DAY THREE / Thu 22 April

  • Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation
  • Full day en plein air exploration to Ganguddy-Dunn’s Swamp in the Wollemi National Park
  • Return to Mudgee late afternoon
  • Free choice for dinner in town or self cater


DAY FOUR / Fri 23 April

  • Leisurely breakfast before departing by private coach for the mid afternoon train to Sydney from Lithgow or Mt. Vic.  Lunch en route.



Mudgee Getaway Cottages are 7 beautiful and fully self-contained homes and cottages on 9 acres of gardens & rural parkland.  A short walk to town for restaurants and to explore this historic destination 
Close to some of the best wineries in Australia!  Our reservation includes Farmhouse / Bloome / Orchard and the Garden Cottages



Double     $1,300.00pp

Single       $1,495.00

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