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Review of Glen Davis Ruins

Glen Davis Ruins
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tourism in the Capertee Valley. Historic tours of the Ruins of the Shale Oil Processing Plant & Accommodation in a majestic setting surrounding by the Wollemi National Park & backing onto the Colo River & the wilderness beyond.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Such a terrible shame that this historic ruin of an important infrastructure project of the 1930’s has been totally neglected by the private owners for so long.

The shale works closed in the 1950’s and subsequent governments did ABSOLUTELY nothing to preserve the important history.

For $5 you get a tour through dangerously long weeds, scrub and thistles, all the time waiting for a snake to loom large. No places to rest. Extremely hot. No shade, no refreshments.

My question is: “what do you do the the tourist dollars collected?”
It appears nothing. Certainly no grounds maintenance that’s for certain!

We were interested because our parents had worked on the site in the 1940’s. So disappointing, shame on the owners.

Thank janimmo
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John T, Manager at Glen Davis Ruins, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Agree government has done nothing to clean up their mess. But this is only 1 site out of thousands around the country to have suffered serious neglect & lack of due rehabilitation.
You would not be aware of the truckloads of rubbish removed from the site & the extensive work that has been carried out.
It says nothing for the state the site was left in 1952 & subsequently by the owner who dumped cars, trucks & massive industrial waste all over the site.
Visitors are warned to come prepared for the weather & conditions. If over 38 deg., the tour is cancelled.
Yes agree the weeds can be a problem & apologies if it was a problem for you. We are 2 people & cannot always get around everything.
RE the money, it is naive to think there is any profit from these tours, once the overheads & very high insurance have been paid.
An army of labourers would be wonderful down there. If you have any ideas please forward

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

Very interesting place to visit with the owner/guide. Great historical significance for Australia during WW2.

Thank Virginia M
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The scale of this place is amazing, for something with such a short life span, and so remote from a transport point of view in the 1930s. It is a shame that it is not better known, and only open on Saturday afternoons.

Thank CeeJay1981
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Reviewed 25 June 2017

This was a fascinating tour back into an amazing story in the history of Australia. Our Tour Guide Alex was a wealth of information about that history and she was a delight in her friendliness and how she shared her knowledge and insights into the history of Glen Davis. This place is a must see if you are interested in Australian history. The stories of the shale mine and the oil works rise and fall, the reasons behind it and the people involved will enthrall you as you walk among the silent remains of the buildings and you imagine it teeming with life in its heyday. Glen Davis really is an amazing place to visit and the scenery is stunning!

1  Thank Brian P
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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

A 2.5hr tour of the site for a mere $15 each !
Our guide was very friendly & highly knowledgeable of the site & its history.
Highly recommended this place !!!

1  Thank DaveJPetrie
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