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Capertee Homestead - 'Port Macquarie'

Capertee National Park

Special Offer

Stay 3, pay 2

Stay 3 nights, pay only 2 nights. Valid for stays between 29 April and 29 November 2019. Excludes NSW school holidays and public holiday weekends. Subject to availability. Book online.


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Overview

Historic Capertee Homestead, known as 'Port Macquarie', in Capertee National Park, is a great weekend getaway offering birdwatching, mountain biking, 4WD touring and walking.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Homestead
Bedrooms 4
Maximum guests 14
Facilities Barbecue facilities, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Food supplies
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking
  • Minimum 2 night stay, bookings must be made at least 1 week in advance.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in 4pm, check out 10am.
  • The homestead is in a remote location, so it’s a good idea to pick up your supplies before you arrive. The nearest town is Rylstone, around 45mins drive.
  • There's limited mobile reception in this park
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Capertee Homestead (named 'Port Macquarie') is an inspiring historic building originally built in the 1920s overlooking the river in Capertee National Park, north of Lithgow.

There's plenty of space in Capertee Homestead, with charming country style accommodation for large groups or families who want to experience a unique weekend getaway.

Early mornings and dusk are a great time to spot wallabies, wombats and kangaroos. Explore the surrounding bush on a range of walks and enjoy a picnic by the river. When it’s time to cool off, enjoy a refreshing paddle in the shallow waters.

If you want to relax, simply find a shady spot on the wrap-around verandah and enjoy some birdwatching. Gather your family and friends around in the evening and take advantage of your surroundings with a barbecue before heading inside and settling in around the slow combustion fire.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/accommodation/capertee-homestead-port-macquarie/local-alerts

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All the practical information you need to know about Capertee Homestead - 'Port Macquarie'.

Getting there and parking

Capertee Homestead is in the northern part of Capertee National Park. To get there:

  • Turn on to Port Macquarie Road (unsealed) from Glen Alice Road
  • From the locked gate on the park boundary, follow Port Macquarie Road for 5km
  • Upon arriving at Capertee River causeway, cross the river and take the road on the right to the cottage and homestead

A code to open the park boundary gate and a door code to access the cottage will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Contact 1300 072 757 if you have not received your codes.

Road quality

Please be aware that the homestead is accessed by crossing Capertee River via a causeway. At times of very heavy rain, flooding may occur, preventing access to and from the homestead. Check the weather before you set out or contact Mudgee office.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Capertee Homestead.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Capertee National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Autumn

The cooler autumn months are an excellent time for walking and mountain biking the trails and tracks within the park.

Spring

Grab your binoculars for some superb birdwatching. You might catch a rare glimpse of the endangered regent honeyeater as it builds its nest.

Summer

Enjoy a relaxing picnic on the shady banks of Capertee River, or a refreshing paddle.

Winter

Enjoy a car tour of Capertee while taking in nearby Wollemi and Goulburn River National Parks.

Facilities

  • The homestead is fully furnished and has 4 bedrooms, a separate external bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room with wood heater (firewood supplied), ducted air conditioning, 2 bathrooms with showers and toilets, external laundry and wrap-around verandah with outdoor seating.
  • The homestead sleeps 10 people: 1 queen and 1 single bed, 1 queen and 1 single bed, 1 queen bed and 2 single beds.
  • The separate external bedroom sleeps 4 people: 1 double bed and 2 single beds. There is a heater in this room.
  • Bed linen, towels, duvets and pillows are provided.
  • The kitchen has a fridge and freezer, gas oven, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, crockery, cutlery, glassware and tea towels.
  • There's a TV and DVD player but no TV reception.
  • There's a gas barbecue and wood barbecue (firewood supplied).
  • Hot and cold running water is available at the property. The water supply comes from rain water tanks so you'll need to use water sparingly. Drinking water is untreated rain water, so you may need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • Please leave the homestead clean and tidy and report any breakages, damage or maintenance issues to the Mudgee office.
  • Bins are provided. Please recycle rubbish into appropriate bins.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

This property is connected to mains power.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers. 

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Prohibited

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Nearby towns

Bathurst (60 km)

Within a 70-km radius of Bathurst are the spectacular limestone cave systems -Abercrombie and Jenolan caves - which you can explore safely on guided tours.

www.visitnsw.com

Kandos (17 km)

Kandos is a gateway to the wonderland of Wollemi National Park, the rugged home of one of the rarest plants in the world - the Wollemi Pine - and other endangered and threatened species of plants, marsupials and birds. It's a great base for bushwalking, water sports and enjoying the great outdoors.

www.visitnsw.com

Lithgow (47 km)

Hassans Walls Lookout, near Lithgow, is the highest in the Blue Mountains. Admire Mt Wilson, Mt York, Mt Tarana and Mt Blaxland as well as the pretty Hartley Valley below. To the south are the Kanimbla and Megalong valley and Mt Bindo. While there, go for a walk or ride around the lookout.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Capertee Homestead - 'Port Macquarie' is in Capertee National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Looking for things to do in Capertee?

Policeman's Point campground, Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

There are great things to do when in Capertee. Enjoy fantastic bird watching any time of the year - the protected woodlands attract the threatened gang-gang and glossy black cockatoos, and Capertee Valley is one of only three known nesting areas for the endangered regent honeyeater. You'll find a range of options if you're looking for a place to stay, including Capertee Homestead, Cottage or campground. Bookings essential. You can also hike into remote Policemans Point campground.

  • Capertee Woolshed ruins Capertee Woolshed ruins, in Capertee National Park, offer a view of the historic heritage of the area, with walking, paddling and birdwatching opportunities nearby.
  • Valley lookout Relax with a picnic lunch at Valley lookout and enjoy dramatic views inside the world’s second largest canyon. It’s easily combined with a 4WD or camping getaway in Capertee National Park, near Rylstone.

Plant life abounds

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

The park is home to rare grey grevillea shrubs, which bloom with pink and red flowers in spring. This hardy, dense shrub is found nowhere else but Capertee Valley. Fertile river flats and surrounding slopes host an ecological community of majestic yellow box, blakelys red gum and white box, providing a vital habitat for wildlife and native birds.

  • Capertee Woolshed ruins Capertee Woolshed ruins, in Capertee National Park, offer a view of the historic heritage of the area, with walking, paddling and birdwatching opportunities nearby.
  • Valley lookout Relax with a picnic lunch at Valley lookout and enjoy dramatic views inside the world’s second largest canyon. It’s easily combined with a 4WD or camping getaway in Capertee National Park, near Rylstone.

Wiradjuri country

Looking over the escarpment in Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton

Capertee National Park is within the traditional lands of Wiradjuri People. The surrounding countryside contains evidence of Aboriginal occupation in the form of rock art, scarred trees and artefacts. Traditional food plants and old travel routes are also present within the park.

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Capertee Homestead – “Port Macquarie”, Capertee National Park. Photo: Michelle Barton