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Valley lookout

Capertee National Park

Overview

Relax with a picnic lunch at Valley lookout and enjoy dramatic views inside the world’s second largest canyon. It’s easily combined with a 4WD or camping getaway in Capertee National Park, near Rylstone.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Capertee National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • Access to Capertee National Park is via a locked gate. For the gate access code please contact the Mudgee office on weekdays, or Blue Mountains Heritage Centre on weekends, during office hours, before you set out.
  • This park is in a remote area, so make sure you’re well prepared.

There’s no need to scramble over boulders or hike up cliffs to enjoy views of the Capertee Valley – the world’s second largest canyon. You can drive right up to Valley lookout, located inside the canyon within Capertee National Park, between Lithgow and Mudgee.

Pack a picnic lunch and relax on the grassy area at the lookout, which looks south across the Capertee River Valley to Blacks Corner and Genowlan Point. Looming above from the rolling farmland and forested hills are the red sandstone cliffs and pagodas that make this area such a geological marvel.

Keep your binoculars handy for birdwatching as there’s no better place in the world to spot critically endangered regent honeyeaters. Painted honeyeaters, Lewin’s honeyeaters and masked wood swallows are among the other birds seen here.

The lookout is a 5km drive or mountain bike ride from historic Capertee Homestead and Woolshed ruins. Stay overnight at the homestead or at charming Capertee Cottage. For something a little more rustic, pitch your tent by the tranquil river at Capertee campground.

It’s a great base for a few days of 4WD touring, bushwalking, mountain biking and birdwatching in Capertee and nearby Wollemi, Turon, and Gardens of Stone national parks.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Camping:

Capertee campground

Capertee campground in Capertee National Park is a great place to set up a campsite and do some birdwatching or walking.

Capertee campground, Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

 

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Valley lookout sign and views across Capertee Valley, Capertee National Park. Photo: Adam Bryce/OEH