Capertee Valley Today
Surrounded by the wonders of World Heritage listed wilderness, the Capertee valley is the world’s second largest canyon. Capertee is 1 kilometre longer than the Grand Canyon, but not quite as deep.
Sandstone cliffs dominate the escarpment, drawing down into a deep chasm carved into the environment over millions of years. With tranquil vistas and serene mountain landscapes the Capertee Valley is abundant in flora and wildlife. Under the sandstone layer stretches an enormous layer of coal and oil shale.
Rising majestically out of the valley floor is a monolith in size and spectacle. The impressive peak, Pantoney’s Crown, beckons the keen walker to climb its summit. From the top a 360° panorama, of the dramatic and breathtaking valley.
The Capertee Valley is home to more species of birds, than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere, making the valley a bird watchers paradise.
Photo Below: Sandstone Cliffs at Glen Davis
The Capertee Valley, was home to original inhabitants the Wiradjuri people, and was first traversed by European explorer James Blackman, who journeyed through to the Mudgee area in 1821. Sheep properties were later established in the valley during the 1840’s, producing quality wool.
Capertee village itself became a rest stop for travellers to Mudgee due to the location of a good water source. The village sprang up with a few homes, an inn and a post office, with railway construction completed in 1882.
With the coming of the railway, the valley was opened up for mining of coal, limestone and oil shale.
The Glen Davis Shale Oil Works, located in the Capertee Valley, was one of the largest employers in the area. Producing gasoline, the operation was an important strategic resource during the war era. Today, the ruins of this once thriving industry can be toured every Saturday at 2.00pm.
The great Australian balladeer, Henry Lawson paused in the Capertee Valley long enough to draw inspiration from this dramatic landscape in his poem “Song of the old bullock driver”
Then slowly we crawled by the trees that kept tally,
Of the miles that were passed on the long journey down,
We saw the wild country of the Capertee valley
As slowly we rounded the base of the Crown.
The Capertee Valley, with spectacular scenery and timeless beauty, it is a perfect piece of the Australian landscape.
Photo Below: Capertee Valley