Cottage in Glen Davis Capertee Valley
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Cottage in Glen Davis Capertee Valley
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The Capertee Valley is the world’s second largest enclosed valley, rivalling the Grand Canyon in Arizona. As you would expect, scenic lookouts and valley walks abound, as do bird watching opportunities.
But there is more than just natural beauty in the Capertee Valley. Not far from the trails, the town of Glen Davis is a reminder of the valley’s oil mining heritage and rapid rise to fame, before an equally rapid fall.
Holiday rentals in Glen Davis and the Capertee Valley range from quaint cottages to modern family homes, off the beaten track or with sweeping valley views.
You don’t have to travel to the Wild West to see a ghost town. Glen Davis, a hub for shale oil mining in the 1930s, is now almost entirely abandoned. In its heyday, the town bustled with over 3000 souls. Now that the Oil Shale Works factory closed down, only 25 or so inhabitants remain.
Wander the empty streets of Glen Davis, taking in the abandoned shops and homes. The community hall acts as a tourist centre, where you can find out more about Glen Davis’ history. Every Saturday afternoon, travellers are able to tour the remains of the Glen Davis Oil Shale Works and actually enter the premises with an experienced guide.
Equally in Glen Davis is Simmo’s Museum, where you will see artifacts belonging to the area’s residents of yesteryear, as well as machinery and railway pieces.
For some of the best views of Capertee Valley, make your way over to Pearsons Lookout, a short distance from Capertee Village. The lookout affords 360 degree views of the surrounding national parks and Pantoneys Crown.
Visitors can also hike up to the top of Pantoney’s Crown. You might have to work hard for those valley views, but you’ll be hiking through thick forests and along riverbanks on your way to the summit. To stretch your legs some more as you take in the scenery, climb up Mt Vincent, which provides views over the northern side of Capertee Valley.
The Capertee Valley’s national parks provide endless walking and wildlife observation opportunities. Glen Davis Park is a popular spot for picnicking, and is a starting point for many trails of all difficulties.
Wollemi National Park features a 22 km (round-trip) track to Newnes, named the Pipeline Pass bushwalk. Once in Newnes, you can choose from many other shorter bushwalks. For a map of all the region’s trails, stop at the Lithgow Visitors Centre.
Close to Glen Davis is the Garden of Stone National Park. Discover cliffs and canyons, as well as naturally formed stone pagodas. Clifftop and creekside walks await. Bike or horse ride along the Crown Creek Fire Trail (8 km), part of the 5,000 km Bicentennial track connecting Queensland to Victoria.
The Capertee Valley is listed as one of the top 50 best bird watching areas on the planet, with diverse vegetation attracting a wide range of species. Furthermore, as much of the Capertee Valley remains untouched, woodland bird species thrive in these parts.
As you explore Wollemi National Park, you are likely to spot lyrebirds amidst the eucalyptus. Bring your binoculars to Pantoney’s Crown, where you might even spot an elusive, endangered regent honeyeater.
Serious birdwatchers can hop in the car and make their way along the Capertee Valley Bird Trail, which leads to 19 key sites within the valley. A map of the Capertee Valley Bird Trail is available for download from the Lithgow Tourism website.
Drive to the Capertee Valley in 2.5 hours from Sydney. Reaching Glen Davis takes a bit longer down a winding mountain road, just under 4 hours. It is possible to get to Capertee by public transport from Sydney, but once there, you will need a car to best explore the region.