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Nearby Villages

Take a road trip to discover the charm of our region’s outlying historic villages. Enjoy a beer in a country pub, fossick for gold, capture heritage streetscapes or simply enjoy the natural beauty and surrounds.

Nearby Villages in Mudgee Region










BYLONG VALLEY

Just 11km from Rylstone, the very picturesque Bylong Valley was first explored by William Lawson in 1822 after the discovery of the Goulburn River which was named after Henry Goulburn, the Colonial Secretary. Today the Bylong Valley is a lush and green area famous for racehorse and beef cattle studs. There is a general store, a school and a public hall.


CAPERTEE VALLEY

Surrounded by the wonders of world heritage listed wilderness, the Capertee Valley is the world's second largest canyon.

Sandstone cliffs dominate the escarpment. drawing down into a deep chasm carved into the environment over millions of years. With tranquil vistas and serene mountain landscapes the Capertee Valley is abundant in flora and fauna, providing the perfect opportunity to encounter nature in a natural environment. Under the sandstone layer stretches an enormous layer of coal and oil shale.


Rising majestically out of the valley floor is a monolith in size and spectacle. The impressive peak, Pantoney's Crown, beckons the keen walker to climb its summit. From the top is a 360 degree panorama of the dramatic and breathtaking valley.

Capertee campground in Capertee National Park is a great place to set up a campsite for birdwatching or walking. To find out more, or make a booking, visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au


GLEN ALICE

Just over 40km from Kandos, Glen Alice sits at the beginning of the Wollemi National Park, a completely uninhabited area which extends north along the Great Dividing Range. At the north-east end, the Nile Creek rises and flows down over wide sandy flats. This area is one of sheep and cattle. It is said to have been much favoured by many artists for its scenery and colours.


GLEN DAVIS

Situated deep in the Capertee Valley, the second largest enclosed valley in the world, Glen Davis is located on tourist drive 2 and easily accessible. It's the ideal place to view the changing colours of the magnificent 500m escarpments of the Wollemi National Park. The town was established in 1939 to service the shale oil petroleum requirements of Australia in WWII and was named after the Davis Gelatine family who bankrolled it. 

What remains today are mine ruins that are open for tours on weekends and a restored Art Deco Boutique Hotel. It is also the gateway to Coorangooba Campground and the Newness Pipeline walking track. Notably, the valley is listed as one of the top 50 bird-watching spots in the world as an International Important Bird Area (IBA). 


HILL END

This historic Gold Mining town, once a thriving community in the 1870s Gold Rush era, is today a quaint heritage village. Hill End is now home to a small eclectic community where visitors are encouraged to explore the town through its museums, arts community, walking trails and lookouts. The village owes its existence to the gold rush of the 1850's and at its peak in the early 1870's had a population estimated at 8,000.

The photographer Beaufoy Merlin recorded daily life in the town at its peak; his photographs can be found in the National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) Heritage Centre. In the late 1940s Hill End was discovered by artists Russell Drysdale, who painted possibly his best-known work, The Cricketers here, and Donald Friend, and quickly became an artists' colony. Hill End was gazetted as a Historic Site in 1967 by the NPWS, it is still home to around 100 residents operating the local pub, general store accommodation, museum, local business and the public school. 

There are signs around the village to give visitors an idea of what was once in place. One of the most popular activities in Hill End is gold panning. Metal detectors or gold panning are not allowed within the historic site, however there is a fossicking area just past the cemetery, off the Mudgee Road. Each year The End Festival takes place in April operated by the NPWS, and the town hosts twice annual open days to peek inside historic homes. The Bridle Track (easy 4WD) begins as a narrow tar-covered road from Hill End, however it later changes to dirt. Part of the track is currently impassable, after a rockfall at McMahon's Bluff. There is still access to the Turon River from Hill End along the track.

The village campground offers convenient camping with facilities close to the heritage attractions of Hill End, ideal for caravan camping. The Glendora campground is close to the centre of Hill End with modern facilities, ideal for large groups and the wildlife is a treat. To find out more, or make a booking visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au


HARGRAVES

40km from Mudgee, Hargraves is often referred to as the veteran of the region’s gold towns. The gold rush began there in 1851 with the discovery of the famous ‘Kerr’s Hundredweight’, a nugget which contained 1,272 ounces of gold. Since the surge of miners that followed this discovery, Hargraves is now a quiet and peaceful village with a general store, post office and school.


LUE

Lue (chain of waterholes) believed to be pronounced in the Aboriginal language like ‘Loo-wee’ was originally named Dungaree. The village was moved to allow for the installation of the rail line in 1884 when it was a busy little village on the route to the Hunter Region. In its heyday, Lue boasted a bakery, hotel, blacksmith, two general stores, a product merchant and butcher. Today there’s a popular pub, the unique Lue Pottery and some self-contained and farm stay accommodation options. Take the scenic drive to Rylstone from Mudgee via Lue.


SOFALA

One of the area’s most successful gold mining towns. Gold was still Sofala’s primary industry right up to the 1940s. Today, you can enjoy the town’s heritage streetscape and still fossick for gold dust in the Turon River. Located just under 50km from Kandos.

WINDEYER

Nestled in a beautiful valley 40km south-west of Mudgee, Windeyer is steeped in history. Gold was discovered in 1851 and during that era it was common for fossickers to yield up to four ounces of gold per pan. The heritage listed 1911 Windeyer Hotel still operates today, as does a caravan park where you can hire gold panning equipment. Some of the world’s best superfine wool comes from this district.

WOLLAR

The gateway to the Goulburn River National Park. According to records, a noted pastoralist called Fitzgerald was one of the first settlers in Wollar who employed many shepherds and stockmen to supervise his cattle and sheep. The village was officially declared in March 1885.


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