MAKE RYDAL YOUR BASE
Relax! Explore the village, walk part of the Bicentennial National Trail which is at its nearest point to Sydney. The trail passes through the village. Watch the kangaroos as they graze in the Pioneers Park and Showground, see the big freight trains coming through, have a drink at the local pub. The Greg Featherstone Park has picnic tables and undercover seating. It is opposite the hotel and a very pleasant spot to stop.
Lithgow is only 15 minutes away with the Lithgow Small Arms Museum and not far from Lithgow you can go to the magnificent Wolgan Valley where you can visit Newnes, once a busy shale mine site and walk through the Glow Worm Tunnel.
Further a field: Visit the circle of villages near by- Portland with its old style signs, Hartley with its convict court house, Tarana with its pub and near by Winooka Winery, Jenolan Caves with one of the best collection of caves in the world.
Take the scenic drive to Oberon during one of their festivals or visit the craft shops. Go via the Hampton Half Way pub, which takes its name from the days when it was the halfway stopping point for those coming from Katoomba to the Jenolan Caves. On the way from Oberon call at Casey’s Vineyard, which produces “wine with altitude” then on to the quaint village of O’Connell, again there is another old pub to visit. This round trip can take you to the beautiful inland city of Bathurst.
Get the XPT to stop just for you at Rydal and take a trip to Dubbo and go the Zoo, catch the train back to Rydal arriving at 6. 07 p.m.
You can visit the Charles Darwin Memorial at Wallerawang commemorating his visit to the area and his siting of his first platypus. Walk in the steps of the early explorers. Follow Cox’s Road and Mitchell’s Road, which were the first routes over the mountains to the inland settlements.
Lake Lyell is a picturesque recreational lake for camping, swimming and fishing. The Recreation Area boasts a range of amenities including BBQ's, picnic and shower facilities and a children’s playground.
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Marrangaroo National Park (Mt Walker)
– located near Rydal, at the back of Lake Lyell , tracks down to the river provide the opportunity to navigate on a variety of 4WD access roads. Tracks include water crossings and rugged hills. Road conditions vary and cars will be required to have ground clearance.
The park follows Cox's River between Lake Wallace and Lake Lyell, with deep waterholes and shady trees. The peaks in the park reach almost 1200m above sea level where snow gums may be seen. The park is the home of the endangered purple copperwing butterfly that can be seen in the spring.
Camp along the banks of the Cox's River in one of the many small campsites. Enjoy swimming or relaxing while platypus spotting on the river banks. Explore Lake Lyell by canoe, or, after rain, run the rapids down the Cox's River. One of the best ways to see the park is on a mountain bike. Walk to the top of Mount Walker and enjoy the 360 degree views of the Lithgow area. Fishing is possible along the banks of the Cox’s River. Flat-water canoeing in Lake Lyell is possible at all times but white-water kayaking along the Cox’s River is only possible after recent heavy rain.
The Australian Bicentennial National Trail (BNT) is a 5,330 kilometre self-reliant multi-use route through bush, wilderness and mountain areas. It is suitable for horse riders, walkers and mountain bike riders. The Trail winds through some of the most magnificent terrain in Australia; unsurpassed views, wilderness valleys and the excitement of the pioneering spirit will keep you enthralled as you travel along the Trail or any section of it. It is not suitable for, or available to, any form of motorised transport such as four-wheel-drive vehicles or trail bikes. The Bicentennial Trail passes through Rydal.
When visiting National Parks, please help to preserve our natural and cultural heritage. All flora, fauna and Aboriginal sites and rock formations are protected. Wildfire can destroy lives and property. Observe total fire bans and Park Fire bans. Fires are not permitted within the park so please use a fuel stove instead. Leave pets and firearms at home – they are not permitted in National Parks. Keep to formed roads. Take rubbish with you when you leave the park.
REMEMBER – Take only photographs and leave only footprints
The Lithgow Tourist Information Centre can give you a full list of places near by to interest. Call at the Miners Lamp Great Western Highway Lithgow or visit: www.tourism.lithgow.com.
LOCAL COMMUNITY GROUPS
Rydal Village Association: New Members welcome.
Meetings held 4 times a year. Contact Col Hunter 0474 957 864
Rydal Bushfire Brigade: Captain Sean Jenkins.
New members welcome. The Brigade trains on the first Sunday of the month at 9am at the Rydal Bushfire Shed.
Rydal Show Society: Members welcome.
Sodwalls Tennis Club: The club has all weather tennis courts and meets regularly. Contact Julie Ph: 0409 200 080
Union Church: Built 1899 for use by the Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist congregations. Services are still held from time to time. It is also used for concerts, displays and community meetings.
St Matthews Catholic Church: Built in 1869. Services are held regularly 4 times a year as well as weddings, funerals and baptisms. For details contact Parish priest Ph:6351 3092