If you are planning a visit to Mudgee during your stay, why not take one road on the way to Mudgee and another on the way back. Both roads offer great views and this drive can be done in either direction.
Leaving Rylstone travel north on Bylong Valley Way 4 kms and take the left hand turn off on the Lue Road towards Mudgee 48 kms. The road travels down a beautiful valley, passing through the small hamlet of Lue, and emerges into the Mudgee area on Lawson Creek. The drive enters Mudgee on the northeast side of town (Wollar/Cassilis Road) close to the heart of the local wine district. Once in Mudgee, return to Rylstone/Kandos via the Castlereagh Highway (Sydney Road) – follow the signs. This takes you past more vineyards into hilly country and past Lake Windamere. When you are 33 kms from Mudgee, turn left into Cudgegong Road and return to Rylstone (21 kms) or to Kandos (28 kms). Take in the spectacular view of the Cudgegong Valley and varied peaks of the Great Dividing Range as you cross over Old Maids Hill. Approximately 110 kms without sightseeing in Mudgee, all sealed road.
If returning from Mudgee via the Castlereagh Highway, at approximately 20 kms take a left hand turn and drive 3 kms to view the enormous Dam Wall on the Cudgegong River that has created Lake Windamere. There is a viewing platform and a picnic ground with toilets