My favourite bolthole: A weekend escape to Capertee Valley

When it comes to a couple of days of relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, our creative director Justyna Delofski likes nothing more than to jump in the car and head west in search of wide open spaces and clean mountain air.

On her most recent escape, she and her friends discovered the many joys of the World Heritage-listed Capertee Valley, the world’s second largest canyon.

They based themselves at the remote Black Wattle Mountain Cabin, near Lithgow, and it was a highlight of the trip, says Justyna.

“Just make sure you do your grocery shopping before you arrive, as there are no shops around,” she says.

“The house will accommodate six people, has a beautiful rustic interior, fire place and an amazing long terrace outside with spectacular views on the valley.

“Waking up to these breathtaking views was amazing, while having warm morning tea or coffee and enjoying the moment. There are no houses around, in the early morning you can only see kangaroos.”

Click on a picture below to view a gallery of Justyna’s favourite shots.


When they could tear themselves away, Justyna said there were many different spots in the stunning region perfect for a picnic rug with some food to enjoy the panaramoic mountain views, or to simply walk and be outside in nature.

On the three hour drive back to Sydney, Justyna also recommends stopping at Pearsons Lookout, which offers the most spectacular views over the Capertee Valley with Pantoneys Crown dominating the landscape below.