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.
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.
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.
Situated in the Capertee Valley, just over 50km from Rylstone and Kandos, the small town of Glen Davis is north of Lithgow and off the road to Mudgee.
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.
Located 72km from Mudgee (past Hargraves). This historic gold mining town, once a thriving multi-cultural community in the 1870s gold rush era, is today a quaint heritage town. Home to an eclectic community, where visitors are welcomed and encouraged to explore the town through its museum, walking trails, look-outs, gallery, pub, general store and twice annual open days to take a peak inside historic homes. If you have a full day, make your return journey to Mudgee via Sofala and Ilford.
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.
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.
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.