The largest enclosed valley of Australia provides spectacular views of rock formations and escarpments. Mudgee turn-off from the Great Western Highway leads to Capertee. Turn right at Capertee onto the Glen Davis road. Pearsons Lookout just before Capertee on the Mudgee Road offers panoramic views of the valley.
The 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.
In its heyday about 2,500 people lived in the township. Vertical sandstone cliffs stand guard over the crumbling vegetation covered structures lending a surreal impression. The glen davis oil shale site is available to restricted groups on weekends.
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, following the old pipeline track.
You are followed along the ridges by lyre birds. Cycads, banksia serrata and assorted eucalyptus cover the area. the distance is 22km return and can comfortably be done in one day. Click HERE for more information on Glen Davis.
Hartley Historic Village - Within Hartley Valley on the Great Western Highway just below Victoria Pass. Located at Old Bathurst Rd, Hartley off the Great Western Highway.
Hartley is a 19th century village on the western edge of the Blue Mountains in a small tributary valley of the River Lett. It consists of 17 buildings of historic significance dating from the 1837 Greek Revival courthouse to the timber and iron Corneys Garage built in 1945. There are also a large number of portable artifacts and family histories.
The village is set amongst pastures, orchards, native vegetation and the remnants of 19th and 20th century cottage gardens. It was reserved as a historic site for the protection of a substantial and well-preserved remnant of one of the first rural settlements west of the Blue Mountains, one which played an essential role in the development of inland Australia.
Hartley is a popular place for picnics and day tours—guided tours are available, ask for details at the information centre. Tours for groups larger than 20 must be booked in advance, and staff can prepare special tours for school and interest groups given sufficient notice.
Hartley Historic Site is open every day (except Xmas Eve & Xmas Day) from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
Tours of the Court House are run on the hour at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm (a minimum of four people are required to conduct a tour).
Email: National Parks and Wildlife Service or Phone 61 2 6355 2117
At the foot of Mt York. Site of the former shale industry, Collitts Inn and the Comet Inn.
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At the end of the Wolgan Valley lies a reminder of the oil shale industry. The township and oil shale mining complex was established in 1906. Operational costs and the availability of lower priced crude oil finally closed the works in 1932. The former hotel (now Newnes Kiosk) is the only reminder of a thriving community.
Portland is only 2 1/2 hours from Sydney. It is an easy 40 minutes to Bathurst and 30 minutes from Lithgow. The town is of interest as an historic mining town and as the place of the first cement works in Australia, which was opened in 1902. Cement produced at the Portland cement works helped build the city of Sydney and the cement was shipped around Australia until the works closed in 1991.
Portland is part of the gateway to the Central West and is ideally located between Oberon, Mudgee, Bathurst and Lithgow and the Blue Mountains. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and has many areas for bushwalking. It is close to the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks.
Portland is a mecca for people wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Wander along the streets of Portland and enjoy shopping in stores where many hard to find artefacts can be found in the old wares shops and galleries. Also worth exploring is the Charlie Pinch Museum, which contains a large collection of Australian memorabilia.
While in Portland enjoy a picnic in the Town Common, take a leisurely stroll along the Williwa Creek, or simply relax in the quiet and peaceful surroundings. The Portland Town Common has 650 acres of natural bushland and picnic areas and is ideal for bushwalks. In fact, Portland is one of very few country towns left with a Town Common.
In 2001 Ron Bidwell, a signwriter by trade, together with his fellow “Letterheads” recreated vintage signs dating from 1895 to 1945 on local shop walls. Take a trip back in time and come and see historic brand names such as: Goanna Salve, Arnotts Famous Biscuits, Toohey’s Ale, Uncle Toby’s Oats, Kinkara Tea, Mother's Choice Flour, Bushell’s Tea, Solvol, Federal Safety Matches and Swagman Blend Tea.
The village of Rydal is located 15 minutes from Lithgow and 45 minutes east of Bathurst. It is set in a lovely little valley with rural, farmland countryside. Rydal has a population of about eighty. More people live on surrounding farm properties. There is a hotel and two churches, but no shops. The nearest shops are at Wallerawang about ten minutes drive away. In recent years, the community have banded together and planted thousands of daffodils and now celebrate the annual "Daffodils at Rydal" festival.
'Wallerawang' derives from the language of the Wiradjuri Aborigines who occupied the area before white settlement. It is said to mean 'place near wood and water' or 'plenty of water'.
Lake Wallace is located at Wallerawang, off the Great Western Highway. Playground, Picnic and BBQs, sailing and fishing.