Mudgee may have garnered a reputation as the state’s viticultural nerve centre, but this country town’s charms don’t end with wine. It’s true that Mudgee’s cellar doors are phenomenal – the organically minded Lowe Wines, and its neigbouring restaurant, the Zin House, are picture-perfect and will turn you into someone who goes on about the provenance of a bottle. But if you can tear your gaze off those gorgeous, dappled reds for a second, the region’s natural beauty makes Mudgee more than just a boozy wine trip destination. In winter, the air turns arid and there’s no better time to visit the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park, where you can hike, kayak and rock-climb the day away. Sleep easy while communing with nature at the eco-glamping site, the Sierra Escape – you can toast marshmallows by an open fire at these luxe lodgings packed to the brim (or rather, the tent flap) with amenities.