Laid out in 1846, Rylstone was a well established town with post office, hotels, school, mills, and a police lock-up by 1854. Very little has changed since then in terms of the buildings and streetscape.  A few buildings of note are St Malachy's Chruch, the Globe Hotel, the post office, the police station, the courthouse, the shire hall and the old town granary - many of these are now home to quirky retail and great restaurants.

Our favourite ‘towny’ things:

De Beaurepaire Wines - Established in 1998 by the de Beaurepaire family, De Beaurepaire Wines produces elegant French styles of wine that are famous throughout Australia, evcen sup[plying the French Consulate - you don’t much better praise than that!

29 Nine 99 Yum Cha and Tea House - authentic Chinese yum cha offering more than 30 types of dumplings, steamed buns and desserts to choose from, as well as frozen ones to take home. Inside, the walls are decorated with original artworks, scarves, jewellery and traditional goods from China, all available to purchase.  The restaurant is a favourite with both locals and visitors, and it’s a good idea to make a booking in advance.

Pepino’s Mexican Restaurant - the latest epicurean delight to open in Rylstone and absolutely authentic.  Drop in for a margarita and a quick snack or stay longer for a cracker Mexican feast.  Bookings recommended!

The Convent and Chapel Wool Shop  - offering local and international yarns with a strong emphasis on artisan yarns, this place is a true treasure trove for knitters and lovers of superior knitted products.

And outdoors:

Ganguddy, also known as Dunns Swamp - is a camping and picnic area on the banks of the Cudgegong River on the western edge of Wollemi National Park where you can swim, fish, canoe and have an all round great day. 

Ferntree Gully - is a rainforest area filled with walking tracks that will take you down into the cool narrow fern tree-studded valley floor and unusual rock formations

Wollemi National Park - is the second largest national park in New South Wales, and contains a large part of the Wollemi Wilderness area.

Nullo Mountain - is a high mountain plateau to the north of Dunns Swamp with views over the Wollemi Wilderness and the Widden Valley.

Lake Windamere - a large water supply dam with camping facilities, used for water sports and fishing