At Royal Hotel Capertee, you can be as active as you want, or chill out to your heart’s content. We will happily accommodate your energy levels so that you can enjoy your holiday the way you want to. Onsite, the hotel itself offers a range of activities to keep you occupied and amused. Graham, your host, is practically a walking encyclopedia of the area and knows all about the natural parks and tells some fascinating stories of the history of some of the area’s landmarks.
Savour the fragrant breeze as you feast your eyes upon the magnificent views of the Valley. We can direct you to all the best vantage points on the property where you can use your camera to take postcard-perfect photos of the scenery. Take a blanket so you can sit and soak in the atmosphere. Close your eyes and hear the magnificent sounds of the Australian bush, complete with our myriad bird life and the rustle of the trees. We can pack a picnic lunch for you so you can eat while you enjoy the sunshine. Did you know that our region boasts the world’s largest canyon? It’s not deeper than the Grand Canyon in the U.S. but it’s significantly wider. Journey around the Capertee Valley, Turon National Park, Wollomi National Park, Mt Airley and the Mt Jenowlan State Conservation area.
If off-road biking is more your thing, there are plenty of off-road trails to suit your needs.
Mountain climbing and bushwalking. Lace up your boots; we’ve got all you could need in terms of hiking, mountain climbing and bushwalking locations. Hills, valleys, grassy plains and good old Aussie bush will make your treks as challenging as you wish.
Wine and dine
Lunch or dinner, we have a delightful home cooked menu that our guests seem to universally enjoy. Our bar carries a lot of exceptional wines from the central west, in particular Mudgee which boasts a large wine producing operation. Sit inside or inhale the fresh country air out on our deck.
Painting and photography
Surrounded by such inspiring scenery, painters and photographers consider the Capertee Valley an ideal subject. Diverse landscapes including canyons, sandstone escarpments, bushland and tree-covered mountains spoil artists for choice. The atmosphere and light in the Valley are ever-changing along with the sunlight, rain, mist and rain.
Bird watching enthusiasts have voted the Capertee Valley as one of the ‘Top 50 Places to Go Birding Before You Die’. Our beloved region also features on a list of the top 50 bird watching areas in the world. The reason for this is the sheer diversity of bird species in the area. The existence of more than 235 bird species has been recorded here, including twenty-five threatened species. Native Australian bird watching. Naturally, our international visitors are curious and desperately keen to lay their eyes on our native Australian birds and the Valley doesn’t disappoint. Bird watchers book their trips to Australia specifically to come and visit our incredible emus, galahs and sulphur-crested cockatoos. They are fascinated by our lyrebirds and satin bower-birds. Many bird lovers in Australia keep sulphur-crested cockatoos and glorious pink and grey galahs as pets, as well as the more domesticated species such as budgerigars and cockatiels. But to see our native Australian birds in the wild and to hear their calls live is an experience that cannot be underestimated. The added bonus of course, of bird watching in the Capertee Valley is the breathtaking views. Our deep canyons are no match for the Grand Canyon itself which, although far deeper is not as wide as the ones found here.
Diverse, untamed wilderness
The rugged, unspoilt wilderness in the Capertee Valley is the perfect habitat for an enviable list of native bird species. Bird watchers come to spot our magnificent birds of prey including the Wedgetail Eagle and the Powerful Owl, through to one of the smallest birds of all, the Diamond Firetail, all of which are relatively easy to locate. In the Valley itself, birds that are more typical of drier inland areas proliferate, including quite a large number of threatened and rare species. The Regent Honeyeater is known to be as elusive as it is beautiful and endangered and its most important breeding area is the Capertee Valley. The Valley is considered ‘the centre of the universe’ for the Regent Honeyeater and in fact, it was one of the first places in the state of New South Wales to be nominated on the Register of Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
Common bird species found in the Capertee Valley
- Diamond Firetail
- Brown Treecreeper
- Red-Rumped Parrots
- Fuscous and White-Plumed Honeyeaters
- Superb Fairy-Wren
- White-Winged Triller
- Restless Flycatcher
- Jacky Winter
- Rufous Whistler
- Rufous Songlark
- Rainbow Bee-Eater
- White-Winged Triller
- Dusky Woodswallow
- White-Browed Woodswallows
Threatened bird species regularly spotted in the Capertee Valley
- Regent Honeyeater
- Swift Parrot
- Spotted Harrier
- Little Eagle
- Square-tailed Kite
- Glossy Black-Cockatoo
- Gang-gang Cockatoo
- Little Lorikeet
- Turquoise Parrot
- Barking Owl
- Brown Treecreeper eastern subspecies
- Speckled Warbler
- Painted Honeyeater
- Black-chinned Honeyeater eastern subspecies
- Scarlet Robin
- Flame Robin
- Hooded Robin south-eastern form
- Grey-crowned Babbler eastern subspecies
- Varied Sittella
- Diamond Firetail
Considering that bird watchers, both seasoned and amateur travel to Australia’s Capertee Valley in ever increasing numbers, isn’t it time that you too booked a trip?