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, 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 charming 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. Learn more
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, a place to celebrate with friends or 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.
Featured this Month
Mudgee Art House
Mudgee Art House is an art hub and coffee house established by local artist WarBëhr and Toni Behrens from TheMudFactory. Catering to the needs of artists within the mid western region, Mudgee Art House is the perfect place to begin!
Prince of Wales Hotel Gulgong
Fabulous food, award-winning accommodation + a welcoming vibe + quirky historical feel that has been warming hearts since 1872.
The Little Cooking School and accommodation
The Little Cooking School welcomes fellow foodies to savour a hands on cooking experience, showcasing superb regional produce.
Beloved by locals and tourists alike the Paragon Hotel specialises in a characterful bar to drink, traditional pub fare to eat, and a place to meet and banter with friends.
Bunnamagoo Estate Wines
Whether planning your next visit to beautiful Mudgee or choosing the perfect wine to enjoy from your local, no matter the moment, make it feel like home with Bunnamagoo.
Ride our special party train to Mudgee, be wined and dined on board and enjoy a stay in Mudgee’s most unique Orient Express style accommodation – Ruwenzori Retreat.
The Parkview Hotel Mudgee
Feel the love at Parkview Hotel, award winning heritage accommodation, offering guests a choice from seven boutique suites, each unique in design and character and all located just minutes’ walk from the heart of town.