Rylstone is another heritage surprise town. For such a small town the heritage management and traveler communication is first rate. The very strange English name of  'Rylstone' has no clear origin however several possible origins are promoted.

The district was originally known as Dabee (under various spellings). There are many contemporary newspaper references to the town being referred to as Ryalston in the period 1846 to mid-1850's then referred to as Ryalstone during the late 1850's Rylstone town was laid out in 1846 by surveyor Davidson.

Michael Hayes who built the Shamrock Hotel and other buildings at The Junction (where the Cudgegong River and Tong Bong Creek meet) claims responsibility.

Firstly, on travelling through the area he mentioned sleeping on 'that Ryle Stone' his Irish accent converting what was actually said 'Royal Stone'. Then;

         A small village also known as Rylstone in Yorkshire England is near to where wool was sent from properties in the Rylstone area.

         Another tale suggests the Scots had a weapon called a Ryle Stone. This weapon being used when the Scots were at war with the Picts (England) and Scottish shepherds built their huts at the location of the current village of Rylstone.

         A petition was sent to Governor Gipps asking for a village to be called Tong Bong to be established at the present site of Rylstone. There is no evidence of any connection between Governor Gipps and the English village of Rylstone.

         Early maps spell Rylstone as Rylstone.

There are a number of heritage buildings in Rylstone and clearly tagged

The Globe Hotel is well over a century. The Rylstone just 60 years old, but still an original

All of the Congregational churches are a century plus.

The Rylstone War Memorial is near the council admin buildings.

Rylstone is in essence a museum, but there is also the real thing


When visiting allow plenty of time. This is an interesting town.

Heritage diary






Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information   Hospital
  Hang Gliding   Golf Course