Capertee is as small as a town can get but still qualifies for the Bustout synopsis. Capertee is encounted when traveling the Mudgee/Lithgow Castlereagh Hgy. The town can be encounted also from Kandos. As small as the town may be the traveller will note the townspeople are a friendly lot. As for the name Capertee, this remains unknown.
Prior to European settlement, the Capertee district was occupied by the Wiradjuri people. The first European explorer to traverse the district was James Blackman, who journeyed through to the Mudgee area in 1821. Sheep properties were later established in the area during the 1840s, producing quality wool.
The town itself dates from the time of the establishment of the railway station in 1882. The station and nearby station master's residence date from this period while several other extant buildings date from the late 19th and early 20th century. Henry Lawson mentions the wild beauty of the Capertee area in his poem Song of the Old Bullock Driver which was published in Verses Popular and Humorous (1900).
Capertee is surrounded by National Parks and grazing land. Principal employment is in coal mining, farming and tourism related services. The Capertee Valley forms a part of the catchment area of the Hawkesbury River.