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Wolgan and Capertee valleys worth a long weekend

By Explore
Updated March 4 2021 - 12:38pm, first published February 27 2021 - 12:36pm

During smoke-choked summer 2019, I watched the Facebook feed of the historic Newnes Hotel with horror and fascination as its owner, Thomas Ebersoll, gave a blow-by-blow account of the Gospers Mountain fire approaching his beloved home and business. Miraculously, the hotel was spared by the megablaze that consumed more than 512,000 hectares during its four-month rampage; but Ebersoll’s terrifying accounts of watching the flames on the ridge piqued my interest in this curious little ghost town on the edge of the Wollemi National Park. Where the heck is Newnes, I thought – and why have I never paid a visit?

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