April 9, 2015

Airly village on Mt Airly in the Capertee Valley is another abandoned shale oil mining village from the late nineteenth century. The pagodas on top of Mt Airly and Canobolas are the most spectacular anywhere in the Gardens of Stone yet they still face destruction by coal mining. It was the prospect of mining Airly […]

Old Newnes Hotel

April 9, 2015

The Newnes Hotel was originally on this site on the other side of the road above the creek.  Eventually it was undermined by erosion caused by the regularly flooding creek and began to collapse. A large working group of Wolgan Valley locals simply picked it up and manhandled it to its new safer site. When […]

Newnes Hotel

April 5, 2015

This is the Newnes Hotel now, the same building I saw as a child but now on the other side of the road and up the hill from where it was in the mid 1950s.