Rylstone Travel Guide

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    Red wattle bird
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  • Moon over sandstone
    Moon over sandstone
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  • Nice landscaping
    Nice landscaping
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Rylstone Things to Do

  • A standout

    The Bridgeview Inn is probably the piece de resistance of the old buildings, a fine stone edifice that has lost none of its aura over the years.The town (read "large village") has a lot of things going on in the area though none are prolific. The nice exterior it shows is probably a reflection of the tourism industry. Its proximity to Sydney just...

  • Simmo's Museum

    There used to be a free museum at Glen Davis; these days Simmo's has taken over but the price is so minimal it seems like it's still free.You can't miss it on the way in because you have to go past it and weekends and public holidays are the time to visit. It opens at 10.00 am and closes at 4 pm. Should you want to view outside of normal hours you...

  • Tourism in Rylstone

    In 2009 Rylstone finally became part of a major tourist route. It sits at one end of the newly sealed Bylong Valley Way and is a part of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive, Monundilla Sector.The latter offers some of Australia's finest scenery in a relatively short drive and should be on your itinerary if you have the time.In one fell swoop this will...

  • A place to drink

    Now, unfortunately for some (my mate Richiedisc particularly) I haven't been in to this pub to have a drink, mainly because I don't drink beer!Rather obviously, from the photographs, I was taken in by the massive amount of landscaping the new pub owner had done to make the outside beer garden more attractive.The Rylstone Hotel, along with other...

  • Dunns Swamp

    Dunns Swamp once was a dam for the concrete works at nearby Kandos. These days its a serious attraction for tourist with bushwalks, kayaking, bird watching or sandstone pagodas all featured on the menu.On the way there, about 5 kms before the camp site are the best of the pagoda shapes. If you're into exploring this is a good place to pull up.At...

  • Narrango Road

    Narrango is the road you take heading out to Dunns Swamp and, quite frankly, it's worth the trip just to do the road on its own.From the opening scenes (first pic) to the panoramas (pic 5) there are interesting titbits along the way, such as the old ruined house with its attendant car and caravan (pics 3 & 4) to the pagoda formations (see other...

  • Strictly for the birds

    Whether you're a twitcher or a bird watcher you'll find pleasure here. The area is one of the great bird watching areas of Australia with a variety of micro climates in a relatively small area. Though I'm not totally into it you can't help but notice the wonderful colours (pics 1 & 4 particularly) and the sheer variety of sizes. The flashes of...

  • Glen Davis

    I first visited here probably in the early 80s with my eldest son. It was an evocative ruin of something of which I had little knowledge and it fascinated me. Eventually, in 2009, I returned and this time it was on the cusp of burgeoning tourism.Bill, the historical tour guide, said that he used to get about 2 people on Saturday afternoons but now...

  • The centre of government

    To me it's symptomatic of the place that one of the historical highlights of Rylstone is the fact that the noted bushranger Captain Thunderbolt was held at the lock-up in 1861 while being transported to Bathurst to stand trial for horse theft - for a whole night! Now, you know when that's one of the major things to ever happen here that it's not...


Rylstone Tourist Traps

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    by iandsmith Written Sep 9, 2009

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    It's not really a trap, just a warning. Should you choose to go there during the week then remember that the canoes and tourist boat around the lake aren't available. It's only on weekends or some holidays.

    Not always available
    Related to:
    • Kayaking
    • Sailing and Boating
    • National/State Park

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Rylstone Off The Beaten Path

  • Pagoda Land

    As I am wont to do I pulled up and exited my motorhome and simply went bush where there are no trails, just some potential for something different. It turned out not only to be different but extraordinary. Pagoda shaped sandstone outcrops set in amongst vegetation, some of which I'd never seen before, others featuring memorable shapes and colours...

  • Ferntree Gully

    What an appropriate name for a place, Ferntree Gully. Especially when it's got ferns and it's a big gully.The road (read - track) in gives no indication of what you're about to walk into. It's narrow (you have been warned) and twists the 2.5 kms to the carpark. On the way you'll pass the option of another walk that I chose not to do but it is...

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