Activities and Attractions


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

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.
T: (02) 6355 6347 E:

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.

Bicentennial Trail

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:


Rydal Village Association

President: Colin Hunter 0474597864
Vice Presidents: Helen Black, Leann McLaren
Secretary: Holly Davenport

Treasurer: Noel Cargill

Communications Officer: Lindsay Green 63593237

The objective of the organization is to make presentations to local government or other authorities for the village and to ensure maintenance of community facilities and services; to care for our community and to organize functions to help the village to be a community.
The Rydal Village Association is responsible for Daffodils at Rydal.
Meetings are held 4 times a year in the Union Church. Working bees are organized as needed.
Membership is open to all local residents.
Single $5 or$10 per family.
BSB 062566 Acc 10121298 Commonwealth Lithgow.

Rydal Railway Station

The Rydal Station Master’s residence is leased by the Rydal Village Association and is available for bookings. More details available on the Rydal web site or ring Leann 0499 099970

Rydal Bush Fire Brigade

President : Colin Hunter 0474 957864
Captain: Jim Hardie 0408 740550
Senior Deputy Captain: Sean Jenkins 0419 416197
Deputy Captains: Colin Hunter, Philip Paton, Daniel Morton, Bret Radburn
Secretary: Kaye Jenkins 63 593221
Treasurer: Margaret Morton 63 556206
Fire Permits are essential and needed several days in advance. Permits available from Colin Hunter Jim Hardie and the Lithgow office of the Rural Fire Service who must also be contacted 63 531862 or 1300 258 737. Permits must be received before you light a fire.
Maintenance and training days First Sunday of the month from 9 am. Check with Jim beforehand.

Rural AH &P Society

President : Brett Radburn
Vice Presidents: Emma Martin, Daniel Morton
Secretary: Rachael Young 0403 035756
Treasurer: David Black
Membership Adults $10 family $20 Pensioners $5 Meetings held twice a year. Working bees: organized as needed. Show held first Saturday of February

Rydal Showground Trust

President: Scott Hadley
Secretary: Sarah martin
Treasurer: Helen Black
For hiring the showground facilities: Colin Hunter 04074 957 864

Rydal Catholic Church

Cartwright Street Rydal
Parish Priest 6351 3092
Bookings for weddings, baptisms and funerals are made through the Parish Priest

Rydal Union Church

President: David Black
Secretary Leann McLaren 0499 099970
The church is used for Ecumenical services, concerts and community meetings. It is looked after by the Rydal community. Services are held throughout the year. Let Leann know if you would like to be advised when the service will be held.

Mt Lambie Presbyterian Church

75 Thorpes Pinch Road Mt Lambie
Contact 63 51 2482 O473 486494
Services held every 5th Sunday of the month a t2 pm Visitors welcome.

Tennis at Sodwalls

President : Grahame Edgell
Secretary Treasurer : Sharon Rushworth
Court Captain: Kaye Jenkins
Tennis Saturday afternoon 1.30pm Contact: Sharon Rushworth 0413515 429

Things to do
Things to do