Capertee is a quiet little tablelands village, located 186 km’s north of Sydney. It sits on the peak of the Great Dividing Range and has a population of about 180 people.
Grazing, farming, timbergetting and the local mines and power stations constitute the basis of the local economy. In 1851 a 48kg gold nugget was discovered n the area by an Aboriginal prospector and other finds were then made on the Turon River and in nearby creeks. This greatly increased traffic on the Mudgee road and inns began to appear.Capertee village sprang from one such inn.
The railway arrived from Wallerawang in 1882. Consequently Capertee acquired a school; in the form of a tent, which was replaced by a pre-fab building in 1883. More importantly the railway enabled the exploitation of the areas known mineral resources- coal limestone and mineral shale.
Just 2km’s couth of town is Pearsons Lookout. It furnishes outstanding views of the Capertee Valley to the east. At nearly 30km’s across it is the largest enclosed valley in Australia. Camping facilities are available at the Turon Gates camping area, on the Turon River. There are log cabins and camping sites, with opportunities for horseriding, canoeing, fishing, sailing and bushwalking.