With the pretty Cudgegong River on one side and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park on the other, the heritage village of Rylstone is a delight. Stroll along charming Louee Street, stop to admire fine stone buildings, and call into pubs, restaurants and cafes.

A great way to discover the colonial treasures of one of the oldest villages west of the Great Dividing Range is on the self-guided Rylstone Heritage Walk. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, including a caravan park, cottages, hotels, an eco-retreat and a campground on Wollemi’s edge.

Dumplings in a sunny courtyard at 22 Nine 99, Rylstone

On the western side of the Blue Mountains, Rylstone is about a 3h 30min drive from Sydney, via either Katoomba or the Bells Line of Road. Another scenic route is via the Upper Hunter and along Bylong Valley Way, winding through the Goulburn River and Wollemi national parks.

Rylstone is part of the beautiful Mudgee wine region, an area renowned for its fine food and wine. Street Feast is a wonderful festival held each Spring, where you can browse market stalls for local wines, produce and artworks. The four-course long-table long lunch is a real treat.

A heritage streetscape in Rylstone, Mudgee wine region

Enjoy authentic yum cha and dumplings at 29 Nine 99, and tuck into hearty pub meals at the Globe Hotel and Rylstone Hotel. You can also join a tour of Rylstone Olive Press, a maker of award-winning olive oils. The region’s vineyards, wineries and cellar doors are all within easy driving distance.

Nearby is the Wollemi National Park, a dramatic setting for scenic walks, swimming, canoeing and camping. Enjoy fishing at the charming Dunns Swamp campground or you can hire kayaks from Southern Cross Kayaking and explore the pristine waters of the Cudgegong River.