Birdwatching at Capertee Valley

The History of Glen Davis

Glen Davis is an old shale-mining town on the Capertee River, 35 km east of Capertee on the eastern rim of the Capertee Valley.

The first mining tunnel, established in 1881, later became the basis of the major mining enterprise which opened in 1938. A town of some 2500 people developed around the mine, which was named Glen Davis after the Davis Gelatine interests who headed the mining consortium (for further information see The Glen Davis Story by GJ Taylor).

The operation closed down in 1952 due to high costs and the increasingly small output, leaving what remains today – crumbling furnace ruins, retorts and collapsed shafts covered in vegetation and surrounded by steep sandstone cliffs and a profuse array of bird & wild life.

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Activities

During your stay in our holiday cottages, there are varied activities to keep you occupied.

  • Bush Walking
  • Bird Watching
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Wilderness Adventure
  • Rural Experience

Historical Tours of Glen Davis Oil Shale Works:
We arrange guided tours every Saturday. Meet at the front gate of “The Poplars” Canobla Ave, Glen Davis.

Historic Tours:
Guide is Graeme on 0416 115 295 & email: gdosw@pnddistribution.com

Please note:
there will be no tours from March 1 – May 15th due to filming. Apologies for any inconvenience

Price: The tour costs $20 pp, ($10 for children under 12 yrs) (cash only- if you can bring the exact change that is always helpful!) and takes approx 2 hrs – its a walking tour, so dress for the weather, wear covered shoes, and bring some water.

Tour Times:

In the summer – daylight savings times – Tours are from 5-7pm – sunset tour
The rest of the time (when the weather isn’t so hot) – Tours are from 2- 4pm
Sometimes private tours are available by arrangement, but they are more expensive.

 

Explore Local Areas:
  • Glen Davis (the old mining town)
  • Dunn Swamp
  • Rylstone
  • Turon Gates
  • Hill End
  • Vineyards of Mudgee