The Capertee Valley is a 2nd largest canyon (by width) in the world and largest valley in New South Wales, Australia, 135 km (84 mi) north-west of Sydney.

Capertee Valley
Capertee Valley is located in New South Wales
Capertee Valley
Capertee Valley
Width30 km (19 mi)
Coordinates33°2′54″S 150°8′4″E / 33.04833°S 150.13444°E / -33.04833; 150.13444Coordinates: 33°2′54″S 150°8′4″E / 33.04833°S 150.13444°E / -33.04833; 150.13444[1]
Topo mapWallerawang 8931 (1:100000)


The valley follows the Capertee River as it cuts through the Sydney Basin, a sedimentary basin consisting of Permian and Triassic sedimentary rock west of the Blue Mountains.[2]

The original inhabitants of the land surrounding the valley were the Aboriginal Wiradjuri people.[3]

One of the most prominent features of the valley is Pantony's Crown, a sandstone butte that is now part of the Gardens of Stone National Park. Parts of the valley are also included in the Wollemi National Park, the second-largest national park in New South Wales. The only population centre of any kind is the village of Glen Davis, which includes a camp-site and often serves as a starting-point for bushwalks around the Capertee River and other parts of the Wollemi National Park.

The Capertee Valley has been noted to be the second largest (in terms of width) of any Canyon in the world.[4][5]


The valley is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it is the most important breeding site for the endangered regent honeyeater. It also supports populations of the painted honeyeater, rockwarbler, swift parrot, plum-headed finch and diamond firetail.[6]

In the US published book Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die, author Chris Santella lists Capertee Valley as one of only two locations in Australia selected in his top 50 world bird watching locations.[7]

Panoramic view of the Capertee Valley

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  1. ^ "Capertee Valley". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 29 October 2010.  
  2. ^ "The Sydney Basin". Australian Museum. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Capertee Valley Today". Lithgow Tourism. City of Lithgow. 19 August 2011. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  4. ^ David Fitzsimons (14 December 2015). "Capertee Valley: Australia's own Grand Canyon". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  5. ^ Dr. Karl S. Kruszelnicki (22 May 2012). "Grand Canyon is not so grand › Dr Karl's Great Moments In Science (ABC Science)". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  6. ^ "IBA: Capertee Valley". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
  7. ^ Santella, Chris (2007). Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang. ISBN 978-1-58479-629-9.

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