A delightful heritage village, Rylstone is on the banks of the pretty Cudgegong River in the beautiful Mudgee wine region and is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park. Stroll along charming Louee Street for fine stone buildings, classic country pubs, restaurants and cafes.
A great way to experience 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, from a campground on Wollemi’s edge to a caravan park, cottages, farm stays, hotels and an eco-retreat.
On the western side of the Blue Mountains, Rylstone is about 3.5 hours’ drive from Sydney, via either Katoomba or the Bells Line of Road. Another scenic route to Rylstone is through the Upper Hunter and along Bylong Valley Way, winding through Goulburn River and Wollemi national parks.
The Mudgee region is renowned for food and wine and Rylstone celebrates with StreetFeast, a wonderful annual festival in spring. Browse enticing market stalls selling local wines and gourmet delights, and enjoy a delectable long-table long lunch surrounded by friendly faces and warm smiles.
Throughout the year savour yum cha at 29 Nine 99 and tuck into hearty pub meals at the Globe Hotel and Rylstone Hotel. You can also tour Rylstone Olive Press, a maker of award-winning olive oils. The vineyards, wineries and cellar doors of the region are all within an easy driving distance.
Another easy drive away is the breathtaking Wollemi, made famous in 1994 with the discovery of the dinosaur tree – a nickname for the prehistoric Wollemi pine. At the pretty Dunns swamp campground, enjoy fishing and other adventures. You can hire kayaks from Southern Cross Kayaking.