Mudgee & Rylstone tour


Please join me for an inspiring visit to MUDGEE & RYLSTONE

19 – 23 April 2021



A population close to 11,000 in the fertile Cudgegon River Valley. Mudgee is known for colonial buildings, wineries, sheep, cattle, dairy and mining. The name Mudgee is derived from the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning “Nest in the Hills” or “mou-gee” meaning “contented”.




A small town in the Central Tablelands region located on the Bylong Valley Way Road route. A population of almost 650 people at the 2016 census. Early explorers travelled this area in the early 1800s including Samuel Marsden, Macquarie, Edward Cox, James Blackman Jr., Jamison, FitzGerald, John Nevell and James Vincent.

Local indigenous Aboriginals were the Dabee tribe; part of the Wiradjuri group of people.

The area is rich in natural mineral resources including coal, which extends from near Lithgow to Rylstone. It is an undeveloped coal resource and one of the last to be exploited.



A highly scenic rainforest area 17 kms north of Rylstone with walking tracks into the cool, narrow fern tree studded valley floor. Also around the top edge of the rocks with views of the valley and unusual rock formations on either side.

Allow a minimum of one hour to do the loop walk or longer to enjoy the rock formations, ferns and orchids along the way. Plants include large fig trees, the Pandora pandoreana with its entangled maze of roots and rock orchids, some of which are unique.

Keep an eye out for lyre bird, rare powerful owl, scrub turkey, glossy black cockatoo, echidnas, marsupial mice, grey kangaroos, wombats and wallabies. A reasonable degree of fitness is required for the walk through the gully and returning via the top track. Take food and water.



We depart Sydney by train from Central Station to Lithgow, then private coach transfer to Bathurst Regional Gallery for lunch.  Mid afternoon transfer by private coach to Mudgee and our accommodation at Rosby and Wildwood. We’ll explore, paint and draw on these magnificent properties. Mid week we’ll explore the Rylstone township and then Fern Tree Gully Walk. We’ll return to Sydney by private coach to Lithgow in time for the mid afternoon train.

There will be opportunities to paint/draw at all destinations which includes a day en plein air at Rosby Sculpture garden. Rosby Hut is a fully equipped art studio with commanding views. Our day long tonal still life study will include lunch with a Rosby wine appreciation.

We’ll try to paint the sunset or you may prefer to drink fine wine with a good book in a peaceful setting. Alternatively walk and explore this historical area at a leisurely pace.




  • hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • casual clothing and covered shoes
  • toiletries and nightwear
  • light jacket
  • water bottle
  • thermos for hot drinks when out walking (optional) 


WHAT TO BRING – art materials

  • any easily portable materials and surfaces you wish to use (no oils)
  • lightweight portable seat (optional)
  • easel (optional)


Rosby is a luxurious homestead retreat with commanding views over the Mudgee region, 10 minutes from town. Four king-size rooms, all with private ensuites and verandahs, lead into huge shared living spaces under cathedral hardwood ceilings. Included are all the pampering details discerning travellers should expect in boutique accommodation: luxury bathroom products, high-quality cotton linen, an open fireplace, premium hand-sourced interiors, artwork and fluffy bathrobes.

Wildwood is nestled in 150 acres of undulating grasses and rambling woodland. Four master bedrooms with private ensuites are appointed with beautiful timber furnishings, fine cotton bed linen and individual French doors to the verandah and bushscape.


  • private coach/driver transfer from Lithgow to Bathurst Regional Gallery and then to Rosby, Mudgee
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation with breakfast at Rosby 
  • day long en plein air drawing/painting with lunch in the Rosby Sculpture Garden
  • private coach/driver to Rylestone township; afternoon walk around Fern Tree Gully
  • full day tonal still life study at Rosby Hut with lunch and wine tasting appreciation
  • dinner Mon, Tue and Thu at Rosby – please notify at time of booking any dietary limitations (or bring supplements)



  • train fare from Sydney-Blue Mountains and return ($2.50 senior one way)
  • lunch Mon, Wed, Fri
  • dinner Wed



DAY ONE / 12 April

  • Depart Sydney by Blue Mountains train from Central ($2.50 senior) approx 8.50am
  • Arrive Lithgow 11.17am
  • Private coach transfer to Mudgee via lunch at Bathurst Regional Gallery
  • Arrive Rosby late afternoon
  • Welcome dinner at Rosby Guesthouse


DAY TWO / 13 April

  • Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation
  • Full day en plein air exploration in the Rosby sculpture garden
  • Morning tea and picnic lunch in the sculpture garden
  • Coffee and tea on tap all day
  • Relax and dinner at Rosby Guesthouse

DAY THREE / 14 April

  • Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation
  • Private coach day tour to Rylstone
  • Lunch at Yum Cha and T House, Rylstone
  • Afternoon walk and exploration through Fern Tree Gully
  • Return to Rosby after dinner in Mudgee



DAY FOUR / 15 April

      • Leisurely breakfast at our accommodation
      • Day long wine and grape themed Tonal Still Life study at the Rosby Hut
      • Lunch and Rosby wine appreciation.  
      • Tea and coffee on tap all day
      • Paint the sunset if you still have the energy to create art!
      • Farewell dinner at Rosby Guesthouse


DAY FIVE / 16 April

      • Depart Rosby after leisurely breakfast
      • Private coach transfer to Lithgow for lunch
      • Depart Lithgow by train 1.18pm ($2.50 senior)
      • Arrive Central 3.40pm


Due to the 2020 postponement of this tour, prices are to be confirmed for 2021.


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