On the inland side of the Great Dividing Range, on the Cudgegong River north-east of Bathurst and a couple of hundred kilometres north-west of Sydney, Rylstone is a lush place of gorges and gullies, gurgling streams, and waterfalls, with some delightful views over Windamere Downs.
Just out of town, on a sandstone rock overhang, are some wonderfully-preserved Aboriginal hand paintings. Take a 15-minutes’ drive north of town and you’ll find Fern Tree Gully, a verdant place resplendent with tree ferns and other native plants and animals.
And, to the east of town, you’ll strike Wollemi National Park, NSW’s largest wilderness area - a spectacular maze of canyons, cliffs and undisturbed forest. Descend to the Colo River on Bob Turners Track and enjoy the beaches in one of the state's longest and most scenic gorges. There are some Interesting ruins at Newnes and a glow worm-filled railway tunnel nearby.
There are some delightful old sandstone buildings in Rylstone which are definitely worth a look.