Rylstone, NSW

One of those charming country towns. Boasting an extraordinary streetscape, unique boutique shops and unexpected foodie delights, it’s a great weekend town for shoppers and families that you just can’t wait to tell your friends about.

In the rustic heritage town of Rylstone, via the famous Bylong Valley Way, a broad range of exceptionally tasty modern food awaits.

Fast becoming known for its wineries, yum cha + tea house, bespoke boutique shops and local gastronomic delights, Rylstone is sure to intrigue and reward curious visitors. All this, coupled with some of the most spectacular scenery in the region, we guarantee you will be surprised and delighted with what you find.

The district was settled in the 1820’s, making it one of the oldest settlements west of the Great Dividing Range. Rylstone’s charming 19th century photogenic buildings were constructed in the Victorian and Interwar period. With a wonderful streetscape of 19th century sandstone public houses, cottages, and government buildings and 1920’s era stores, it’s worth taking the time to wander the streets and capture its essence.

The town also acts as a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Wollemi National Park and the beautiful Bylong Valley, boasting some of the most spectacular natural heritage in the region. So nature-lovers, get your hiking boots on and explore the nearby wonders including Ganduddy and Ferntree Gully.

Growing each year in its popularity, the main street of Rylstone is also home to the district’s premier annual event ‘StreetFeast’ in November. Louee Street closes to traffic and opens to festival-goers, with a street market celebrating local food, produce, wine, art and craftwork. Settle into the afternoon with a long table, long lunch surrounded by friends and locals, where live music and an electric atmosphere blend perfectly with the street scene.

Bustling and vibrant over weekends, catering for shoppers and browsers, take a stroll around this must-visit town to browse unique boutiques and local arts + shops, including a famous wool shop, collectibles and old wares, and an Aboriginal art gallery. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, a delicious afternoon tea or sip an ice-cold beer at one of the local pubs.

The Showground in Rylstone is the prettiest in the district and the Annual Show is a colourful fun family event – all set in the lovely natural ampitheatre facing the Cudgegong River behind the shops of Louee Street. The river is also a great spot for platypus spotting early in the morning, if you’re lucky!

Did you know?

  • Rylstone is the gateway to World Heritage Listed Wollemi National Park, home of the famous Wollemi Pine.
  • Rylstone is now recognised as an RV (recreational vehicle) friendly region.

Locals guide to Rylstone

  • Foodies delight, from hand-made dumplings and local produce to city quality coffee
  • Settle in at a cozy country pub, meet the locals and share stories
  • Make Rylstone your base to visit nearby natural attractions (Bylong Valley, Ganduddy, Windamere Dam, Ferntree Gully and Capertee Valley)
  • Explore the town’s heritage and take in the streetscape, visiting The Cottage Museum on your journey
  • Make new friends and dance in the street at the annual November ‘StreetFeast’
  • Jump in the car to take in a scenic drive or visit a nearby vineyard. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Rylstone.

Why Visit the Mudgee Region?

Just a three-and-half-hour road trip or 50-minute flight from Sydney, you’ll find an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether you’re looking for the romance of a country escape or a place to celebrate with friends, or have a desire to explore our region’s heritage, you will find a great range of lodging options making Mudgee Region the obvious choice for your next getaway. There’s such diversity in the region: a great mix of restaurants, pubs, clubs all with different offerings. Art has grown over the last few years with galleries, museums, sculptures in the parks; attracting artists from all over the world. Our world-class wines and wineries offer so many different varieties to suit every palate with the winemaker themselves, in most cases, on-hand to enhance the experience.


Where is Rylstone NSW?

Rylstone is a charming town located in New South Wales, Australia. Situated in the Central West Region, Rylstone is known for its scenic beauty, historic sites, and vibrant community. Rylstone is just over 3 hours drive from Sydney and it is a picturesque journey.

How far is Rylstone from Mudgee?

Rylstone is approximately 60 kilometres southeast of Mudgee. The drive between the two towns offers breath taking views of the countryside and takes approximately 45 minutes, making it a convenient day trip for those exploring the region.

What is there to do in Rylstone?

Rylstone offers a range of activities for visitors to enjoy. Explore the historic Rylstone-Kandos area, visit the local art galleries, or take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the multiple shopping opportunities. Nature enthusiasts can discover the stunning Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) and Wollemi National Park, providing ample opportunities for bushwalking, kayaking, bird watching, and photography.

Where is there to eat in Rylstone?

Rylstone boasts a variety of dining options to satisfy diverse tastes. From quaint cafes to local pubs and restaurants, visitors can enjoy a mix of traditional Australian fare and international cuisine with Mexican, Italian and more! Be sure to explore the local flavours and indulge in farm-to-table experiences that showcase the region's fresh produce.

What is the weather in Rylstone?

Rylstone experiences a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures range from 12°C to 30°C, while winter temperatures typically range from below 0°C to 15°C. Check the local weather forecast before planning your visit to ensure you pack accordingly for a comfortable stay.

What sort of accommodation is in Rylstone?

Rylstone offers a variety of accommodation options, including cosy bed and breakfasts, boutique guesthouses, and self-contained cottages. Whether you prefer a rustic experience or modern amenities, Rylstone has options to suit different preferences and budgets. It's advisable to book in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure the ideal accommodation for your stay in Rylstone.

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