One of those charming country towns, boasting an extraordinary heritage streetscape and unexpected foodie delights, 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, olive estates and local gastronomic delights, Rylstone is sure to impress the fussiest of foodies. 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.
Take a stroll around this must-visit town to browse boutique and arts + crafts shops including a charming wool shop, collectibles and old wares. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, enjoy saffron products or sip an ice cold beer at one of the local pubs or camp next to the river.
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
Baker Williams Distillery
Baker Williams Distillery is a Micro Distillery located in Mudgee NSW, making handcrafted spirits and liqueurs focusing on regional flavours and influences. They welcome you to visit their cellar door so you can see, smell and taste their wares.
Located in the heart of Mudgee, conveniently close to the main street. Enjoy their January special – book 2 nights’ accommodation at the Ningana Motel and receive 50% off an in-house wine tour!
Mudgee Sourdough by olive.a.twist
Shop where the locals shop at Mudgee Sourdough by olive.a.twist. You will find at their ITTY BITTY BREAD SHOP long fermentation, true artisan sourdough, delectable sweet treats with a local focus, savoury goods, ice cream with a twist, Hello Lovelies cordial, and domestic sourdough baking equipment. Shop OPENS 13 January.