Glen Davis is a beautiful little town steeped in rich history and nestled in majestic mountains.
From 1938, the town became the centre of an oil shale industry. The post office for the town opened on 1 March 1939. The township was abandoned in 1952 because shale oil was not viable in a non-war, non-government supported economic environment. After the closure of the oil shale mine, the skeleton of a town survived in the form of some properties, a post office and a shop or two that survived intermittently. The creation of the Wollemi National Park brought a degree of tourism to the area.
Glen Alice area drops down from Mount Marsden to Glen Davis in the east. At this end of the valley is the beginning of the Wollemi National Park, the completely uninhabited area which extends north along the Great Dividing Range. At the north-east end, Nile Creek rises and flows down over wide sandy flats. This area is one of sheep and cattle. It is said to have been much favoured by many of our artists for its scenery and colours.
The recently acquired property of Port Macquarie in Glen Alice is now one of NSW’s newest national parks. The Capertee National Park is over 2800ha and contains high conservation values including endangered ecological communities, threatened plants, animals and birds.
The Capertee National Park contributes to a largely contiguous reserve