NSW is a huge state with a multitude of natural wonders to discover so it’s not surprising that a few manage to slip under the radar. If you’ve had your fill of world-famous beaches and historic national parks that get all the glory, there’s a criminally overlooked part of the country you wouldn’t believe lies on Sydney’s doorstep. The little-known Capertee Valley is the world’s second-largest canyon surrounded by mountain landscapes and breathtaking views. We’d call it Australia’s Grand Canyon except it’s actually wider and longer than the popular American Grand Canyon. In fact, it’s largely considered the widest in the world so if you fancy an outdoor adventure, don’t miss out on exploring this majestic part of the country, especially when it all rests in the back of the Blue Mountains.
Covered with dense trees, rock formations and escarpments and mountain views as far as the eye can see, you’ll find a deep chasm at this striking spot that has formed over millions of years. It’s a prime spot for bird-watching with many unique species found in the area and at Capertee National Park and is also home to a number of bushwalking tracks. The best part? It’s surprisingly secluded and unblemished despite everything it offers to nature lovers.
Expect dazzling canyon views and sprawling landscapes in the 30 kilometres wide valley with sandstone cliffs plunging hundreds of metres with the valley floor sitting at about 300m above sea level.
What to do at Capertee Valley
Capertee National Park is located inside Capertee Valley which means you have ample opportunity for bushwalking, sightseeing, bird watching and camping. You can also spot local Australian wildlife like kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and gliders according to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. If you enjoy bushwalking, the 20-kilometre Pipeline Track which connects the ghost towns of Newnes and the old shale mining town of Glen Davis and it is well worth exploring for history buffs. Or simply sit back and marvel at the area at the unique Bubble Tent Australia glamping site at Capertee where you enjoy the expansive location in all its glory.
Capertee Valley is also a popular spot for birdwatchers and home to a diverse variety of birds like the Turquoise Parrot, Diamond Firetail, Hooded Robin, Gang-gang Cockatoo and many more. The Capertee Valley Bird Trail offers 19 marked birdwatching sites. If you want to get started, find the map and guide to birdwatching here.
How to get to Capertee Valley
Capertree Valley is located between Lithgow and Mudgee, just above the Blue Mountains, 135 km northwest of Sydney. Driving is recommended but you can also catch the train from Central to Lithgow Station.