BYLONG BRINGS IT ON

BYLONG CREEK 4X4 PARK

Looking for a weekend escape that ticks all the boxes? Here’s one that will have you coming back for more!

WORDS BY MICHAEL BORG & PHOTOGRAPHY BY NEW ADVENTURE MEDIA 

When it comes to pure, good old fashioned, off-road fun it’s pretty hard to go past Bylong Creek 4X4 Park! Yep, with plenty of amazing rock escarpments to set the scene, an abundance of wildlife grazing in the distance, and of course; more 4WD tracks than you can poke a stick at, it was the perfect place spend a few days with my old mates Toby and Alicia from The Offroad Adventure Show crew. Add in a short visit to the quaint little towns of Rylstone and Kandos, and you’ve got yourself a real stonking weekend.

4X4 COMMUNITY SERVICE 

The main reason we decided to hit the road this weekend was actually to visit a country community and spend a few bucks. Small town businesses have done it tough the last few years with draught, fire and Covid-19 restrictions taking a toll. You’d be surprised at just how much things like filling up your fuel tanks in town, stocking up the pantry and visiting the local butcher and bakery can do to help in the long run. Truth be told, country tucker beats the big chain supermarkets every time if you ask me!  

LOW RANGE LEARNING CURVE  

There is a whole maze of tracks around the 4WD park to choose from, but the “The Wombat Holes” piqued the interest of our young camera man, Toby. With a fresh P-plate licence and a petrol-powered Toyota Prado there was no stopping the young fella! This long stretch of dug-out holes is absolutely perfect for practising the fundamentals of wheel placement. But, if you want something tougher, head over to the “Play Ground” which has what it takes to really tantalise your tastebuds! 

THE RIVER RUN

If dirty sloppy mud isn’t your cup of tea, you can try the old River Run, which basically crisscross’s the main creek running through the property. There are steep entries and exits, a few smaller water crossings with sandy bottoms, and no shortage of rocks perfectly positioned to add a challenge. The real beauty is there’s a bunch of tracks that dart off everywhere, some have names and some don’t, so it’s kind of like a kind-a-surprise! Oh, and heartbreak Hill is an absolute doozy!

BACK AT CAMP

Come night fall, there are two main campgrounds to call home. For us, a camp oven stew was on the menu, and while it gently simmered away, we took a few minutes to explore the surrounds on foot with the dogs. The rocky outcrops seem to glow as the evening sun lights them up, and the stars shine pretty bright out this way when night falls too.  

QUICK FACTS

  • Portaloo Toilets available
  • Drinking Water Available
  • Kids, Pets and well-behaved Husbands allowed

TOP TIP

There are plenty of sharp rocks around, so knock your tyres pressures down to about 18-22psi

WHERE IS IT?

Bylong Creek 4X4 Park is located 50km East of Mudgee, 60km North of Rylstone, 3-3 1/2 hours from Penrith, and 3 hours from Newcastle. If you’re coming from Sydney, turn right off Castlereagh Highway onto Bylong Valley Way and follow it all the way into Bylong. On your way out of Bylong, take the first right and follow it all the way until the dirt road. Then take the first left and follow the signs to the property.