Visit Australia’s Unkown Grand Canyon: the Capertee Valley of the Blue Mountains

It’s surprising, but the Blue Mountains does maintain a hidden gem – the Capertee Valley on the western side of the ranges, north of Lithgow.

The place has it all: history, nature, quaint guesthouses and an excellent claim to fame. The valley itself is the second largest “enclosed” valley in the world – second only to the Grand Canyon. So for a jaw dropping, goose bump-inducing vistas, stop off at Pearsons Lookout on the road into the valley. And for those who like the views after a two-day effort, scamper up Pantoney’s Crown for superb 360-degree from the centre of the valley.

The nearby town of Glen Davis is an oil shale mining ghost town where you can pick through the ruins and find abandoned old-fashioned mining equipment. And if you mention the Capertee to bird watchers, they twitter excitedly as more than 14 threatened species are regularly spotted in the valley.


WHERE // Capertee Town is 42km north of Lithgow on the Mudgee Rd. Glen Davis is 36km east from Capertee off Mudgee Rd. Pantoney’s Crown walk starts from Baal Bone Gap. Take the 4WD track signposted “Gardens of Stone NP” at Ben Bulleen.

DID YOU KNOW? // The Capertee Valley is 30km across and apparently 1km longer than the Grand Canyon. It’s just not as deep as that great titleholder of largest enclosed valley in the world.

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