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"This former oil shale mining town lies at the end of the spectacular escarpments of the Capertee Valley, the largest enclosed valley in the southern hemisphere." Now, that's what the tourist blurb says, but I have my queries about whether or not there's a larger one in South America or such.
This place, on the western end of the Blue Mountains near Lithgow, is virtually unheard of by international tourists but, if you have the time, will certainly give you a day out you'll never forget.
In its heyday about 2,500 people lived in the township. The shale oil became an option during the world war and a mineral water factory also sprung up. Vertical sandstone cliffs tower above and beyond the crumbling vegetation that covers the deserted factories lending a surreal aura to the area.
The Glen Davis Museum has an excellent display of the town and shale mining history. Entry is free.
Enjoy the scenery and wildlife with a picnic lunch in the Glen Davis Park. Camping ground with toilets, showers and BBQs.
There is a bushwalking trail to Newnes up the Green Gully, in the Wollemi National Park (from where the world famous Wollemi Pine was found), following the old pipeline track.
Along the ridges you will be entertained by the fabulous lyre bird, mimic extraordinaire. Cycads, banksia serrata and assorted eucalyptus cover the area. the distance is 22km return and can comfortably be done in one day.
Visitors can be treated to excellent Tour Service from Lithgow City Cabs.

Phone: 02 6379 7251

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  • Written Nov 9, 2004
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