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.
There’s so much to love about Rylstone! Whether you’re wine lovers; foodies; golfers; water, biking + hiking enthusiasts; artisan wool + yarn devotees; heritage buffs; country pub fans; nature ninjas; or all of the above, Rylstone has something special to offer in stunning surroundings. With a variety of accommodation types from vineyards to farm-stays; pubs; cottages to luxury houses; and camping to glamping, there’s accommodation to suit all types.
A scenic 3 hour drive from Sydney/Newcastle/Hunter Valley; 2 hours from Orange/Millthorpe/Dubbo, 1.5 hours from the Blue Mountains/Bathurst, and 45 minutes from Mudgee…why not plan a roadtrip, book your #recovery weekend, and come and experience for yourself what we love about Rylstone. There’s never been a better time to #loveNSW and #loveRylstone. We look forward to welcoming you to our hometown 😊
Rylstone is home to 3 family-owned boutique, cool climate wine producers that are part of the Central Ranges region of NSW.
De Beaurepaire Wines – home of 2018 Australian Wine of the Year
French in spirit, Australian in body! Nurture your wine loving soul with De Beaurepaire Wines’ range of memorable seated wine experiences that showcase outstanding single estate French-style wines. Enjoy your joie de vin & explore why our wines are sought after by Australia’s top restaurants and premium hotels.
Blending our Burgundian heritage and ‘Burgundian’ terroir in Rylstone, NSW, De Beaurepaire Wines produce premium quality wines, including being awarded Winestate Magazine’s 2018 Australian Wine of the Year. Our unique vineyard location shares Burgundy’s cool, inland climate and limestone-rich soils – a ‘terroir’ that produces some of the best wines in the world. The family’s range of 15 award-winning wines harness Old and New World wine-making techniques to create wine that is truly one of a kind.
No madding crowds here – just individual and personalized experiences. Our seated wine experiences offer a tailored exploration of our wines for you to sit back, relax and savour the journey. We offer 4 different wine experiences, as well as 2 bookable special experiences, so the choice is yours! Bookings are recommended to ensure a perfect experience, personalised to you.
Our cellar door is open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am & 5pm. We also offer lite bites and wine on the cellar door lawns so you can soak up the beautiful vineyard views while you catch up with friends.
And for those searching for gourmet wine and food events in a beautiful vineyard setting, our annual Long Lunch in the Vines is not to be missed.
Elephant Mountain Wines – a 6 hectare vineyard located in the shadow of Elephant Mountain, Lue. Elephant Mountain Wines are best known for their cool climate shiraz, rosé & pinot grigio. Currently their cellar door is located in Mudgee at 68 Edgell Lane, Buckaroo NSW 2850
Naked Lady Wines: Located in between Rylstone and Kandos, Naked Lady Wines are best known for their cool climate cabernet and rosé. Their cellar door is located at 2222 Bylong Valley Way, Rylstone, NSW, 2849.
And for those looking for a non-wine tipple, why not pay a visit to Craft Works Distillery in Capertee. Calling all artisan single malt whiskey lovers, this is the place to visit! You’ll need to contact them to arrange a visit, but if you’re serious about single malt whiskey, then it really is a must.
Rylstone really is a foodies’ delight. With handmade dumplings, Mexican oozing fresh ingredients, locally grown saffron and honey, internationally recognized extra virgin olive oils, dutch treats, old school lollies, 3 cafés with 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 community’s 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 sellout event, so don’t forget to get in early for your tickets. Streetfeast is on November 7th in 2020.
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.
Rylstone Olive Press: #1 Ranked Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Top 5 Globally. Absolutely superb olive oil that we personally use for our cellar door grazing boards, as well as our vineyard events. Enjoy a tasting and a tour of their olive press
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.
Pepinos Mexican Restaurant: Hugely popular offering lovingly prepared, traditional Mexican food, bursting with fresh ingredients. No tex-mex here! They make a mean margarita, as well offering an array of local wines and Mexican beers.
The Globe Hotel: Wonderful country pub dating back to the middle of the 19th century which serves up a great country pub meal, and has a lovely beer garden.
Oma’s Café: Indulge in homemade Dutch delights, including savoury and sweet crepes and donuts, with a great coffee.
Café on Louee: Enjoy all the traditional favourites you’d see in a cafe on Crown St in Surry Hills, with great coffee.
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.
A meander along Rylstone’s beautiful main street highlights a variety of boutique stores offering an array of interesting goods to tempt even the most jaded of shoppers. A couple of our favourites are:
Folkologie – The ever so stylish Folkologie offers beautiful handcrafted furniture and divine homewares. We really struggle to leave this store without some of their beautiful handmade treats!
Almost Anything Emporium – Looking for local produce and artisan crafts? Look no further than the Almost Anything Emporium…Go on treat yourself to a little bit of Rylstone to take home with you!
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.
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.
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.
Southern Cross Kayaking offers wonderful guided kayaking tours of Ganguddy – an absolute highlight in our region!
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 Windemere Dam 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.
Other Events to keep an eye out for
Rylstone Kandos Show: who doesn’t love a country show! Ours is set in one of the most picturesque rural showgrounds you can find. A wonderful day out for all the family – animals, produce, entertainment and showbags galore. This year the Show is on February 22nd.
Rylstone Airshow: Love all things aviation? Thousands of planes and helicopters, in all shapes and sizes, descend on Rylstone airpark for a weekend-long aviation love-in each year. Airshows, fabulous guest speakers, and plenty of food and entertainment
Rylstone Bull-a-Rama: Want to see some rather devilish bull-riding feats? The annual rodeo show at Rylstone Showground is a fun day out for all the family. This year Bull-a-Rama is on April 12th.
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
Bridge View Inn – Looking to immerse yourself in historical surroundings? The Bridge View Inn was built for Goodwin Spires Hall in the early 1870’s as a public house and hotel. The Bridge View Inn Apartment provides cosy accommodation for up to four people. It can be let either to one couple exclusively, or to a group or family travelling together.
The Old Bank – Retreat to this lovingly restored bank in the heart of Rylstone. Rich in history and design, it’s centrally located and an easy stroll to the shops, cafés, pubs, restaurants + more.
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.
The Globe Hotel – traditional pub accommodation right in the centre of Rylstone. Catering for singles, couples, friends and groups, enjoy clean central pub accommodation and a great pub meal.
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.
Ridgewood Rylstone – guesthouse and farmstay 3km from Rylstone, offering accommodation for up to 10 people, and with accessible facilities. A wonderful farm environment, with comfortable accommodation, and super hospitable hosts, Ken and Sylvana.
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 kidd gloves.
Wyuna – A small and picturesque working farm on the edge of the village of Lue offers a famhouse that sleeps 6. Margie Cameron will be sure to look after you well.
Kandos Fairways Motel – modern motel accommodation next to Henbury golf course. Catering for couples, friends and groups. enjoy clean motel accommodation with warm and friendly old-fashioned country hospitality from Colleen and Andrew Tito. About 15 minutes from us.
On the way to Rylstone (between Lithgow and Rylstone)
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.
Turon Gates – Spread out over 6000 acres, Turon Gates is an authentic bush hideaway, tranquil and unspoilt. With well-built private rustic self-catering log cabins, luxurious glamping tents, and campsites situated along 15km of crystal clear trout stream and cottages with sensational mountain views, Turon Gates is an idyllic escape in the Australian bush.
Warramba – Warramba is a set on 100 acres of bushland in the Capertee Valley, just three hours from Sydney. The property features a lovingly restored 1890s sandstone farmhouse. It also offers event, workshop and function facilities. A super stylish accommodation and event solution for those looking for a bolthole and an escape from the everyday.