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Rye Park is a town in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is in the Hilltops Council local government area, 305 kilometres (190 mi) south west of the state capital, Sydney and 107 kilometres (66 mi) north of the national capital, Canberra. At the 2016 census, it had a population of 258.Rye Park is situated on the Pudman Creek, which is a pristine waterway inhabited by platypus, turtles, frogs and the endangered Pigmy Perch.
The area was first settled by Europeans in the 1840s to farm the land. There have been periods of mining for silver and tin but today the town is involved in production of wool and meat.
Evidence of the village’s early settlers can still be found. Hamilton Hume’s family settled in the area in 1865. Their homestead remains relatively unchanged from its original construction and it is still a privately owned working sheep property.Rye Park has had a school since 1876.
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