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The Village of Rydal 


Rydal has about forty houses and a population of about eighty people. Many living on surrounding farm properties. There are two churches, a hotel and the railway station, but no shops. The nearest shops are in Wallerawang about ten minutes drive away.

Mid September is a special time as many hundreds of people visit Rydal and the surrounding district for the annual Daffodil Festival. Its a springtime delight as Rydal becomes awash with yellow, and many in Rydal open their gardens to visitors.

Our Heritage

Rydal was on the road built by Major Thomas Mitchell between Mount Victoria and Bathurst in the 1830s. The village was given the name Rydal in 1843 by Governor George Gipps in honour of the poet William Wordsworth who lived in the Village of Rydal in England. Appropriately, these days the region grows a lot of daffodils and in September each year we celebrate Daffodils at Rydal.

The station was built in 1869 and the first steam train arrived in Rydal on 1 July 1870. For a while it was the terminus of the Western Line. So people travelling to the west came by train from Sydney to Rydal and then continued by Cobb and Co Coach to such towns as Bathurst, Orange, Wellington and Forbes. At that time, the gold and farm produce of Western NSW was loaded on the train at Rydal bound for Sydney.

Rydal had eight hotels, five blacksmiths and five stores and was probably the busiest railway station in the state after Sydneys Central Station. In later years and until the introduction of motor coaches, people wishing to visit Jenolan Caves came to Rydal by train, then by horse-drawn vehicle to the Caves.

More recently, the railway station and residence has been lovingly restored and maintained and is now listed on the National Heritage Register. Today, Rydal is a quiet and sleepy hamlet, and the perfect place to relax with family and friends, or to enjoy a private retreat with that special someone.

 

 

 

 

 

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