Valley lookout

Capertee National Park

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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
Opening times

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.

What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water, sturdy shoes
Please note

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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/lookouts/valley-lookout/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Valley lookout.

Getting there and parking

Valley lookout is in Capertee National Park, near Capertee. To get there:

From Lithgow or Mudgee:

  • Take the Castlereagh Highway to Capertee
  • Turn off towards Glen Davis onto Glen Davis Road and drive 29km
  • Turn left onto Glen Alice Road, towards Rylstone, and continue around 21.5km
  • Turn left onto Port Macquarie Road and follow 6km to the locked gate at the park boundary (you’ll need to get the access code before arriving)
  • From the locked gate continue around 5km to the Capertee River causeway
  • Follow the road around to the right to cross the river and reach a visitor information bay
  • From the visitor information bay, follow the road north for 5km to reach the lookout.

Road access and conditions

  • 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.
  • If you’re staying at Capertee campground, cottage or homestead you’ll receive the gate access code with your email booking confirmation.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Capertee National Park may be flooded after heavy rain.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • Most roads suitable for 2WD vehicles (no long vehicle access)

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at the lookout.

Facilities

Toilets and picnic tables are available at Capertee campground, around a 5km drive from the lookout.

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.

Prohibited

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Camping is not permitted at the lookout. You can camp nearby at Capertee campground. Bookings required.

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Valley lookout is in Capertee National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Looking for things to do in Capertee?

Policeman's Point campground, Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

There are great things to do when in Capertee. Enjoy fantastic bird watching any time of the year - the protected woodlands attract the threatened gang-gang and glossy black cockatoos, and Capertee Valley is one of only three known nesting areas for the endangered regent honeyeater. You'll find a range of options if you're looking for a place to stay, including Capertee Homestead, Cottage or campground. Bookings essential. You can also hike into remote Policemans Point campground.

  • Capertee Woolshed ruins Capertee Woolshed ruins, in Capertee National Park, offer a view of the historic heritage of the area, with walking, paddling and birdwatching opportunities nearby.
  • Valley lookout 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.

Plant life abounds

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

The park is home to rare grey grevillea shrubs, which bloom with pink and red flowers in spring. This hardy, dense shrub is found nowhere else but Capertee Valley. Fertile river flats and surrounding slopes host an ecological community of majestic yellow box, blakelys red gum and white box, providing a vital habitat for wildlife and native birds.

  • Capertee Woolshed ruins Capertee Woolshed ruins, in Capertee National Park, offer a view of the historic heritage of the area, with walking, paddling and birdwatching opportunities nearby.
  • Valley lookout 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.

Wiradjuri country

Looking over the escarpment in Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

Capertee National Park is within the traditional lands of Wiradjuri People. The surrounding countryside contains evidence of Aboriginal occupation in the form of rock art, scarred trees and artefacts. Traditional food plants and old travel routes are also present within the park.

Education resources (1)

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