With the Wollemi National Park on one side and the Cudgegong River on the other, there are plenty of scenic vistas to discover. The best way to take it all in is to follow one of the many walking tracks in the area. You will find some to be short and easy while others will be more challenging. You’ll certainly be able to find one that’s right for your level of fitness, so pack some snacks and get exploring.
Dunns Swamp, just 20 minutes out of town on the western edge of Wollemi National Park, is a great place to start. This stunning spot, called Ganguddy by the local Wiradjuri people, is the perfect place to do a little canoeing, swimming or fishing. That’s why it’s become a favourite with locals or visitors to the region who fancy getting close to nature.
The swamp is home to natural bushland, striking rock formations and serene waterways. Bushwalkers will find five clearly marked walking tracks to discover, each with something different to offer. You can also visit an Aboriginal art site here featuring markings which have been estimated to be more than 7,000 years old.
There is also a lovely walking track located at Ferntree Gully, just 17 kms north of Rylstone. Here, walkers head down into a cool valley which is packed with flora and fauna.
Keep an eye out for wombats, possums and Eastern grey kangaroos. You may even catch a glimpse of a broad-headed snake or a brush-tailed rock wallaby – among the rare and endangered animals that live here. You will be surrounded by lush vegetation including large fig trees, the ferns for which the gully is named, orchids and the Pandora Pandoreana.
When you’re done getting back to nature, take a step back in time and discover Rylstone’s fascinating history. The Rylstone Heritage Walk is a great way to get to know this quaint town which is known for its stone buildings which are remarkably well preserved. Many were built between 1865 and 1895 from the local sandstone like the School of Arts and Memorial Hall which is now a community centre. The walk includes 19 stops, among them the Globe Hotel, St Malachy’s Church, Rylstone Garage and the Flour Mill.
All of that exploring is hungry work, so when your stomach starts to rumble, make a beeline for 29 Nine 99, a quirky dumpling house where you can enjoy the steaming little parcels in the pretty back garden, washing them down with cup after cup of aromatic tea.
If you prefer to eat at home, then head to the Rylstone Butchery just over the road. There you can choose from a wide variety of plump sausages before heading back to your accommodation to cook them up.
Want a decent drop to wash it all down with? Then De Beaurepaire Wines is just the ticket. The family-owned and operated single-estate producer of 14 French-style wines is best known for consistent quality across a range of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines.
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