Glen Davis valley, Jean-Paul Ferrero / Auscape International

Population 616

Visitors are drawn to Rylstone for its rural tranquillity. This old stone village is on the Cudgegong River and is a popular spot for birdwatching and fishing.

Visitor Information

Council offices, Louee St; (02) 6379 4318


Nearby national parks

  • Wollemi National Park

    Wollemi National Park, the second largest national park in the state and its largest wilderness area, is a primeval landscape of precipitous...more

  • Goulburn River National Park

    At the heart of this national park is the Goulburn River, flanked by a deep gorge of sandstone cliffs honeycombed with caves. Wide sandy...more

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

Nearby towns

  • Mudgee

    Mudgee derives its name from the Wiradjuri word 'moothi', meaning 'nest in the hills'. The name is apt as the town is...more

  • Gulgong

    Gulgong was named by the Wiradjuri people (the name means 'deep waterhole'.) The town did not excite European interest until gold was...more

  • Lithgow

    Lithgow promotes itself as being 'surrounded by nature'. Easy access to several of the state's finest national parks and the city's charm...more

In Town

Jack Tindale Park This park is a pleasant green reserve, perfect for swimming, picnics and barbecues. Platypus are sometimes spotted in the water here and in the river below the showground. Cox St.

Olive Press: see how fresh olives are pressed, and sample or purchase some of the region's best olive oil. Open Sat and Sun Apr–Oct; Lue Rd.

Self-guided historical walk: includes the Bridge View Inn (restaurant, formerly a bank) and the post office; brochure from visitor centre.

Art and craft outlets: several featuring local work; details at visitor centre.


Kandos: industrial town known for its cement. It features the Bicentennial Industrial Museum (open weekends) and holds the Kandos Street Machine and Hot Rod Show each Jan; 3 km S.

Fern Tree Gully: tree ferns in subtropical forest with walking trails and lookouts; 16 km N.

Dunn's Swamp: camping, fishing, bushwalking; 18 km E.

Windermere Dam: watersports, fishing, camping, picnic and barbecue facilities. Also home of fishing competition each Easter; 19 km W.

Military Vehicle Museum: vehicles from WW II and the Korean and Vietnam wars; 20 km N.

Turon Technology Museum: power museum with restored steam engines; 20 km S.

Glen Davis: this fascinating shale oil ghost town is at the eastern end of the Capertee Valley. The valley is almost 30 km across and is surrounded by sheer sandstone cliffs, which makes it the largest enclosed valley in the Southern Hemisphere; 56 km SE.

Wineries: several in the area, including De Beaurepaire and Louee Winery; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Lithgow to Mudgee 70 km

Early settlers following in the footsteps of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson took three weeks of hard trudging to cross the majestic Blue Mountains. These days the drive from the Penrith plains in western Sydney takes... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Mudgee 42 km

Mudgee is probably best known for its vineyards and wine, and there are a growing number of organic wineries, including Botobolar, Lowe Family Wines, Martins Hill and Thistle Hill. Broombee also has organic fruit and... Find out more

Picnicking in the Blue Mountains 92 km

Take a picnic up to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden in Mount Tomah at any time of year and you will not be disappointed. At 1000 metres above sea level, it is usually cool in summer, brimming with flowers in spring,... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Jessie’s Steakhouse

Classic pub food is on the menu here at Jessie’s Steakhouse, located inside the Rylstone Hotel. The cosy, dark wooden dining room does a roaring trade, as the steaks are excellent. Relax over dinner inside or in... Find out more

Campsites around town

Cudgegong Waters Park 14 km

On the southern edge of Windamere Dam, Cudgegong Waters Park has all the activities and facilities a water-loving outdoor enthusiast could ask for. Fishing is a particular drawcard, with golden and silver perch, Murray... Find out more

Dunns Swamp–Ganguddy camping area 22 km

Camp by the tranquil Kandos Weir on Cudgegong River, accessed via Narrango Rd in the west of the park. There’s a rock-art site nearby and you can explore the swamp and surrounding forest on a number of walking... Find out more

Kelgoola camping area 36 km

At the base of Mt Coricudgy, at the headwaters of the Cudgegong River, Kelgoola is a rustic bush-camping site for self-sufficient campers. You can get here via Narrango Rd from Rylstone. Bring your own everything.... Find out more

First Crossing camping area 40 km

This is one of several beautiful camping spots on the Turon River, a stone’s throw from the famous gold mining town of Sofala, 45 km north of Bathurst (where you’ll need to stock up on fuel). A picturesque... Find out more

Ration Point camping area 40 km

This is one of a handful of delightful riverside camping spots along the Turon River, close to historical Sofala, one of Australia’s oldest surviving goldmining towns. Ration Point can be reached via Upper Turon Rd... Find out more

Crossley Bridge camping area 41 km

Crossley Bridge camping area is 500 m west of the historic goldmining town of Sofala, 45 km north of Bathurst, in a small bend on the northern banks of the Turon River. There’s an access track 200 m north of the... Find out more

Wallaby Rocks Crossing camping area 43 km

This is another of the small camping areas picturesquely set beside the Turon River close to the historic goldmining town of Sofala, 45 km north of Bathurst. Wallaby Rocks Crossing is on the eastern side of the bridge,... Find out more

Coles Bridge camping area 43 km

Coles Bridge is about 15 km west of Sofala on the Turon River. Both the river and Sofala are historically significant: the river for the site of one of the first alluvial gold rushes in Australia; the town for being the... Find out more

Woolshed Flat camping area 45 km

This is 4WD access only along the Turon River Track, 12 km south-west of Capertee. It’s a peaceful, spacious spot next to the Turon River, where you can fish, swim or watch for birds by the water. Bring your own... Find out more

The Diggings camping area 45 km

Where once the diggers panned for gold, now the campers fish for trout, swim or head out on a bushwalk. There are 20 sites here, with 4WD access only via Lochaber Creek Fire Trail, 9 km west of Capertee. Bring your own... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Bathurst Panorama Holiday Park 76 km

This is a quality park on the Great Western Highway, 5 km east of the centre of Bathurst, and offers a range of accommodation and great facilities including games and entertainment rooms. Bookings are required at peak... Find out more

Colour City Caravan Park 96 km

This is a council park with good basic facilities in a quiet, off-highway position, about 2 km north of the city centre, adjoining the showgrounds. It is good value at a budget price. Bookings are recommended all year... Find out more

Blackheath Glen Caravan Park 97 km

In the heart of the Blue Mountains, this park is situated in a pretty parkland setting opposite the Rhododendron Gardens, and within walking distance of the town centre and Govetts Leap lookout. There are good basic... Find out more

Wellington Caves Holiday Complex 99 km

Relax and let a few days slip by at this spacious park, located 6 km south of the town centre alongside the Wellington Caves, a popular tourist attraction. It is a quality park and makes an ideal stopover. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Above the Clouds

Above the Clouds truly lives up to its name. From its elevation of 1100 metres, the property is surrounded by lush emerald-green vistas courtesy of the stunning gardens and neighbouring Wollemi National Park. There is a... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Clonturkle Sanctuary 74 km

Join the experiment in sustainable living and tourism at Clonturkle Earth Hamlet and Forest Sanctuary. Located at Yetholme, there are four cabins set on 240 hectares of mostly eucalypt forest, with 15 kilometres of... Find out more

Dargan Springs Mountain Lodge, Clarence 80 km

At the soft end of ecotourism, this pleasant lodge and wellness retreat has advanced eco-certification. It is surrounded by a mountain ash forest dotted with waratahs, the habitat of wombats and wallabies. With a maximum... Find out more

Wollemi Wilderness Retreat, Bilpin 91 km

These unusual self-contained cabins of various sizes feature passive solar design and are mainly constructed from recycled and salvaged materials. Although not high-class, they all have a spa and are in isolated bush... Find out more

Woolshed Cabins, near Blackheath 97 km

Eleven kilometres from Blackheath and surrounded by a glorious natural amphitheatre of towering sandstone walls, the Woolshed Cabins sit on 100 hectares of cleared farmland (a working cattle farm) in the Kanimbla Valley,... Find out more

Kanimbla View, Blackheath 98 km

Solar-powered, the two- and three-bedroom cottages here are surprisingly large inside. They are partially constructed from recycled and salvaged timbers, have composting toilets and a great view of the Kanimbla Valley... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Sunny Corner camping area 66 km

T/O 34km E of Bathurst (L) or 28km W of Lithgow (R)

Secluded area surrounded by trees 7km north of the highway.

Lake Wallace park area 69 km

T/O 51km E of Bathurst (L) or 11km W of Lithgow (R)

Located 2km north of the highway on the shores of the lake.

The Rocks rest area 89 km

21km W of Bathurst (R) or 35km E of Orange (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Macquarie Wood camping area 91 km

T/O 29km W of Bathurst (R) or 27km E of Orange (L)

Open grassed area among trees, 2km (unsealed) north of the highway via Cashens La.

Apsley rest area 98 km

9km S of Wellington (L)

Adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Gamboola rest area 98 km

17km NW of Orange (L) or 17km SE of Molong (R)

Just off the highway among some trees.

What's on around town

Agricultural Show: Feb. Great Escapade Bike Ride: Apr. StreetFeast: highlight is the Long Lunch, with gourmet regional food served to 350 people on long tables; Nov.

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