Tourist Drive 2
Tourist Drive 2 connects the village of Capertee on the Castlereagh Highway with the towns of Kandos and Rylstone (84 kms) and on to Mudgee (55 kms) via this beautiful valley. It is a scenic entrance to the Rylstone Region well worth the deviation, or alternatively, a scenic return route to Sydney.
From Sydney, turn off the Castlereagh Highway at Capertee village. There is now only 8 kms of unsealed road, generally in good condition during dry weather. The road descends into the Capertee Valley through rocky outcrops providing panoramas of the cliffs and valley floor. The road turns north towards Glen Alice at the intersection with the Glen Davis Road (see side trip options below), passing through rolling pastoral and woodlands surrounded by the rugged escarpments of the Capertee Valley. The Dunville Loop, leaving from Tourist Drive 2 and returning to it, is a 30 minute side trip that passes closer to the escarpment walls and is particularly beautiful in late afternoon light.
Tourist Drive 2 leaves the Capertee Valley at Mt. Marsden (point of the Great Divide) and then enters the broad valley of the Cudgegong River. Taking a left hand turn at Dabee Road, it then enters the town of Kandos, famous producer of Kandos Cement. The town was developed in the early 20th century to support the cement works and boasts many cement buildings and a good industrial museum open on weekends. The drive then proceeds on to historic 19th century Rylstone with its collection of fine stone buildings, shops, cafes, pubs and a charming showground on the banks of the Cudgegong River.
Tourist Drive 2 then continues via the Lue Valley to Mudgee, 55 kms distant. See Mudgee Loop Drive above.
Total distance: 137 kms from Capertee to Mudgee.
Estimated time: 2 hours at average driving speed (without side trips), longer if you linger and explore.
1) You can penetrate even further into the valley by going on into Glen Davis. This now sleepy village, named after the Davis brothers of the Davis Gelatine Company, but originally known as Green Gully, was developed as the site of a shale oil industry during WWII that lasted 12 years before closing. The site of the refinery is on private land and not accessible. The Capertee River, which drains the valley, has cut a gorge from here through to the Colo River that then joins the Hawkesbury River. The rock walls towering above the valley are spectacular, especially in late afternoon light. Food and drink are available at Glen Davis.