This lovely scenic drive takes you from sandstone cliff country into the heavily folded ranges to the west and past Lake Windamere, with some great vistas.

Kandos – Lake Windamere – Rylstone

 

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Kandos – Lake Windamere – Rylstone Loop Drive

From Kandos take the Sydney Road. As you pass under the overhead line that carries buckets of limestone to the cement works 2 kms from Kandos, look for a right hand turn (unsealed) that takes you to the Rotary Lookout just above the road. This offers an elevated view back into the valley, and of Kandos at the foot of Coomber Melon Mountain.

Rejoin the road for 16 kms until it intersects the Castlereagh Highway north of Ilford. Turn right onto the Highway and climb up to and then over Aaron’s Pass (named for the Aboriginal guide to William Lawson, of the trio who found a way over the Blue Mountains). You will descend a large hill. At the bottom turn right into Cudgegong Road for 1 kms to Lake Windamere and Cudgegong Waters Park on your left. Entry to the park is by a $2 coin operated boom gate. Here you can camp, caravan, picnic, go boating (with your own equipment), or go fishing (licence required) for Silver Bream, Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) and Murray Cod, or just relax and enjoy the view. The original town of Cudgegong is now drowned under the Lake.

When you are ready to leave, turn left into Cudgegong Road and follow this back to Rylstone. Take in the spectacular view of the Cudgegong Valley and the varied peaks of the Great Dividing Range as you cross over Old Maids Hill. Approximately 60 kms in total, all sealed road.

Drive slowly as you pass along the edge of the lake and note the folded rock strata in the road cuttings.

This includes folded layers of limestone approximately 400 million years old. Some of the local limestone has been transformed through the effect of great heat and pressure into marble. Cudgegong Marble from the area was used for the interior of Commonwealth Bank in Sydney.