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Shale Works - Glen Davis NSW Australia by Bev Woodman

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Another one of our forgotten valleys – Glen Davis is tucked in at the end of the magnificent Capertee Valley in NSW Australia. The valley forms a canyon that is larger than the Grand Canyon in width. The town became the centre of an oil shale industry, from 1938 to 1952 but was abandoned in 1952 because shale oil was not viable following the war. There is not much left of the town today but the ruins of the shale works still exist with tours conducted on a Saturday afternoon. There are unpowered camp sites on the town reserve with good amenities and hot showers and a cafe. For those who are looking for a more up market accommodation there is a boutique hotel that has been restored to its former glory.

This view overlooking the remains of the shale works was taken from the hill above where the actual shale mine once was. Here you will find the remains of more old buildings. On the left you will see the retorts and Naphtha stripping plant on the right.


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  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 2 years ago

    Looks a nice place Bev well done.

  • Thank you Donovan … a lot of history here and its a great spot to explore … I’ll add some more when I get time♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 2 years ago

    Great scenery Bev. I love the way the mountain overlooks the scene. I almost made it to here a few years back. Nice shot.

  • Thanks Michael … you’ll have to go all the way next time but make sure its a Saturday afternoon if you want to gain access to the ruins♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 2 years ago

    How splendid with those hills behind… Gret pov!

  • Thanks Helen for the comment and favourite … this one is for you♥ I do hope you manage to get there one day … even if you don’t go into the ruins, the drive through the valley is superb♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...over 2 years ago

    You have me hooked Bev… will go one day definately!

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 2 years ago

    Very nice Bev, I like the light in this one – the Capertee Valley and this spot were already on my list of places to go – now you have made me even keener

  • Thank you Odille … put it on your list … the valley drive is beautiful and make sure its a Saturday to gain access to the works♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful view Bev – love it !!

  • Thanks Gail … well worth the walk to the top♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Judy Woodman
    Judy Woodmanover 2 years ago

    nice shot Bev

  • Thanks Judy … it was a bit of a hike on a hot day but well worth it♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • CapturedByKylie
    CapturedByKylieover 2 years ago

    When i drove through here last weekend the weather wasn’t great so i kept driving, but i knmow i’ll get back there one day! It looks to be such an interesting place- a photographer/artists dream!

  • Thanks Kylie … it certainly is worth a look see next time you drive through. Don’t forget to make it a Saturday if you wish to get into the ruin site♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 2 years ago

    Interesting looking place Bev. I’d Love to explore,lol.

  • Thanks Sharon … put it on the list … its well worth the drive♥

    – Bev Woodman

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 2 years ago

    looking good Bev one of my favourite spots , was a bit of a climb up to that view

  • Thanks Phil … it was a climb … I hung back from the other group so I could take my time but its worth the effort as you well know♥

    – Bev Woodman

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