Our Rylstone Travel Guide
Named one of the top secret spots in Australia, Rylstone is a bustling historic agricultural town dating back to the 1830’s that we are proud to call home. Rylstone is developing quite a reputation: Getaway, nine.com.au, Australian Traveller
Why do we think Rylstone’s a ‘top secret spot’ ready for your next staycation? Whether you’re wine lovers; foodies; art and sculpture aficionados; golfers; water, biking and hiking enthusiasts; artisan wool and yarn devotees; heritage buffs; country pub fans; coffee fiends; nature ninjas; or all of the above, Rylstone has something special to offer in stunning surroundings. With a variety of accommodation types catering for romantic getaways and group holidays alike; from vineyards to farm-stays; pubs; cottages to luxury houses; and camping to glamping, what are you waiting for? We look forward to welcoming you to our hometown of Rylstone 😊
Starting in 1998 we have pioneered the new sub-wine region of Rylstone due to its many similarities to our ancestral home in Burgundy, developing our signature French-style wines now sought after by Australia’s top restaurants, hotels and bars. Click here to read ninemsn’s great story on our unique terroir.
We don’t stock in bottle shops, so unless you enjoy our wines at one of our wonderful hospitality partners, the best way to experience our wines is at our historic cellar door or on the lawns surrounding it overlooking literally kilometers of vines. You can come and explore our wines Thursday to Monday 11am to 4pm.
You’re also in luck as Rylstone boasts two more boutique wine producers, providing you with the opportunity to experience the different styles of cool climate wine produced in our region.
Naked Lady Wines: open Monday to Sunday 11am to 5pm.
Elephant Mountain Wines: open Friday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Rylstone really is a foodies’ delight. With hand made dumplings, artisan bread, locally grown saffron and honey, internationally recognized extra virgin olive oils, dutch treats, old school lollies, 3 cafés with proper barista coffee and locally sourced produce, and 2 popular country pubs (one built in the 1800s with great live music in its beer garden), you have a plethora of choices to sate your appetite.
Our annual long lunch, Rylstone StreetFeast, is not to be missed. We close the main street, line it with tables, and serve up a sumptuous feast of local food and wines, along with live music. It’s a sell out event, so don’t forget to get in early for your tickets. Streetfeast is on the first Saturday of each November, and this year it is on November 3rd.
Year round, here’s a sample of what’s available….and there’s much more to explore as you wander down our scenic main street.
29nine99 Yum Cha and Tea House: Gourmet Traveler best rated dumplings in regional Australia. Enjoy a selection of hand-made dumplings and an array of exquisite teas or local wines.
Rylstone Olive Press: #1 Ranked Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Top 5 Globally. Enjoy a tasting and a tour of their olive press
The Globe Hotel: Wonderful country pub dating back to the middle of the 19th century which serves up exceptional food, making it a gastro-pub experience not to be missed. Accommodation guests can enjoy a trip in their vintage 1924 Buick to our vineyard.
The Lollipop Shop: Want to relive your childhood? They have a fabulous array of old school lollies and chocolates, as well as quality wooden toys, homewares and giftware to tempt you.
The Saffron Kitchen & Cafe: Café and art gallery in one, offering great coffee, café food and homemade ice-cream, as well as artisan saffron-infused products made from their own saffron plantation.
Oma’s Café: Indulge in homemade Dutch delights, including savoury and sweet crepes and donuts, with a great coffee.
Convent Chapel & Wool Shop: Purveyors of premium artisan yarn and a selection of hand knits. It’s a great opportunity whilst you’re in town to acquire wool from arguably one of the world’s most famous sheep areas, with nearby Pyramul supplying the wool for Italian men’s fashion house, Ermenegildo Zegna’s suits.
Rylstone acts as the gateway to the World heritage-listed Wollemi National Park and the beautiful Bylong Valley – bush, birds and waterlife a plenty to tempt even the most intrepid hikers, fishers and twitchers. Ganguddy (formerly known as Dunns Swamp), Ferntree Gully and the Capertee Valley (the world’s second largest canyon) are three of our favourites – pack a picnic, take your kayak or fishing rod, grab your trainers and head off to explore these truly beautiful locations.
For those who love a country drive or visiting from Newcastle / Hunter Valley, Rylstone sits at the end of Drive Magazine’s Top 10 Great Australian Drives – Bylong Valley Way.
We’re not short of sporting activities either. We have a golf course in nearby Kandos, that was designed by the same people who built Royal Queensland and Elanora. Henbury Golf Course offers an architect-designed 18-hole course, backing onto the Capertee Valley and the Wollemi National Park, and is lovingly maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. You will need to forgive the dryness of the fairways at the moment due to the drought, but the layout makes for a challenging game and the greens are kept wet. You will need to take your own golf clubs.
Interested in water sports? Look no further than the Cudgegong Waters Park located on Lake Windemere which offers boating, fishing (Murray Cod, Golden Perch, Silver Perch), water-skiing and kayaking. Or perhaps dirt bike riding is more your thing? The Louee Enduro and Motocross Complex is located on Lue Station and specializes in off-road bike riding. It offers five Motocross Tracks as well as special areas for juniors and novice riders. And the avid 4×4 crew are also looked after at Bylong Creek 4×4, which offers 800 acres of mixed terrain for you to test out your 4×4 skills.
For more information about what to do and where to stay in Rylstone, please visit Mudgee Region tourism
In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of some of the accommodation options available
Bubble Tent Australia – catering for couples, Bubble Tent offers a unique off-the-grid under-the-stars glamping experience sure to appeal to the romantics out there. Sonny & Mayu’s enthusiasm and attention to detail is infectious and they’ll be sure to make your stay something you won’t forget.
Camp Hill– catering for groups big and small, Camp Hill, a working horse establishment, has two accommodation options available – The Cottage and the Homestead. Into horses, then this is the place for you. Janet Walk is a wonderful host, as well as a mine of local information on what to see and do in the area.
Coomber Guesthouse– catering for couples, families, and groups big and small, Coomber, a working cattle and sheep property, has a number of accommodation options available – The Homestead, The Cottage and the Shearer’s Quarters. With beautiful gardens and an authentic farm setting, our wonderful neighbours, Tracey and Steve Evans, will give you a warm country welcome and ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
Old Bara – catering for groups who’d like to stay on a working cattle property, Old Barra has two types of accommodation available – the Guest House and the Camp Site. Richard & Sally Nagel are delightful, and if you’re lucky Richard, a renowned sculptor, might just give you a guided tour of his work
White Corner Cottage – catering for couples and families alike, White Corner Cottage is a federation home located in the heart of Rylstone. Walking distance from everything Rylstone has to offer, this is a great option for your home away from home. Margie Cameron will be sure to make your stay a memorable one.
Wollemi Retreat – an award winning eco retreat offering luxury accommodation and a concierge service. For those looking for the luxe-experience in beautiful surroundings, this is the venue for you. Denny Payne will make sure you’re looked after with kid gloves.
And of course, for those looking for a romantic getaway on a vineyard, our ‘Stables Apartment’ is also available.
A scenic 3.5 hour drive from central Sydney and Newcastle, 1.5 hours from the Blue Mountains, 1 hour from Bathurst, and 45 minutes from Mudgee (currently rated #1 Food Destination in Australia by Australian Traveller), what are you waiting for? Get booking…we look forward to seeing you soon!