Mudgee (another interesting name) is the total surprise package. The traveler will love this quite large town. Be prepared to stay a few days. The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning "Nest in the Hills" or "mou-gee" meaning "contented". James Blackman was the first European settler to cross the Cudgegong River in 1821.
The first European settlers were soon in conflict with the Wiradjuri over a range of issues including killing of livestock and animals such as kangaroos and possums which were major food sources for the Wiradjuri. Martial Law was declared in 1824 leading to a significant reduction in the population of the Wiradjuri.
The Mudgee district is now well-known for its fine wine. Mudgee has developed as a wine producing region and is a popular destination for tourists, who visit the forty vineyards operating in the Mudgee district. Other rural produce includes cattle, sheep, wheat, lucerne, olives, fruit, tomatoes, corn, honey and dairy products.
The temptation to stay awhile should not be resisted.