Birdwatching at Capertee Valley


“The Poplars”  sits on 250 acres of rural land, 35 km from Capertee, located at Glen Davis. This property offers 2 substantial brick newly renovated cottages, with Accommodation for up to 15 in total or will take 8 singles. The property encompasses “The Ruins” of the Oil Shale Mine 1932-1952. The General Managers Cottage and The Inspectors Cottage lies next to the Wollemi National Park, about 3 hours from Sydney. The area is very similar to and part of the same range at the Blue Mountains.

The lush valley floor is about 800 feet above sea level and the adjacent mountains are around 2900 feet. Whilst well known for as a destination for both local and migratory birds, the Capertee Valley is sought after for its natural rock and mountain formations and there are many walks throughout the area including three National Parks which are all close to the cottages at Glen Davis.


Cottage user beds3 Info
Inspectors Cottage 2-9 4 More Info
General Managers Cottage 2-9 + 3 + Sunroom More Info



Most of our visitors in the past 6 years have been avid bird watchers, botanical and fauna lovers, painters, bush walkers as well as historians that want to experience living on one of two of the only existing cottages inside the Glen Davis Oil shale workings. Both cottages have been modernized with new services and furnishing and provide a pleasant and enchanting place to stay at the foot of the Wollemi National Park.

Whilst you may view the relics and the old buildings at The Ruined Site within the property, we ask guests to keep to the provided tracks and roads.


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:

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