The civilian buildings were also very cute.
The churches in Rylstone were lovely.
We arrived at Rylstone in time for a late lunch. Rylstone is an old town, and unlike a lot of towns in the district, was founded by pastoralists back in the 1840’s. The town has a lot of beautiful sandstone buildings, all of which looked resplendent amongst the golden autumn foliage.
The closer we got to Rylstone, the worse the weather got, and the more rural the landscape became.
One last look at the wonderful Capertee Valley…
Some more wonderful scenes from along the Glen Alice Road.
After Glen Davis, we took the Glen Alice road towards Rylstone.
The valley soon opened up into wide pastures, but the cliffs were never too far away.
Glen Davis is a small village deep in the heart of the valley. It was established primarily to house the employees of the nearby shale mine, but when that closed the town became a ghost of its former self.
Nothing however takes away from the location. The sandstone cliffs seem to close in the closer you get to the town. This has to be one of the most beautiful, and unique, landscapes in Australia.
Unlike the most mid Blue Mountains valleys, the Capertee Valley is entirely accessible by car – meaning that we saw some very special views.
We had showers all morning, but the mist and rain made things even more special.
Now this was completely new territory for me. The Capertee Valley sits on the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains area, and (as the tourism literature told me) has the distinction of being the widest canyon in the world.
This was my first glimpse of the valley, from the lookout on the Castlereagh Highway.
Even from a distance, one could see the deep valleys and wonderful sandstone rock formations. It is as scenic as the more famous Jamison and Grose Valleys, I think.
Climbing above the tree-line to the top of the ridge, we can clearly see where bush met pasture.