More often than not, the lookouts that grant patrons with the most breathtaking views often involve a strenuous hike that can be taxing both physically and in terms of time. Although many may enjoy such adventures (after all, the more energy exerted the more one will appreciate the view!), those lookouts exclude those with mobility and/or other issues that may prevent potential visitors from seeing firsthand the beautiful view.
Pearsons Lookout is located just south of the village of Capertee, providing amazing views of the majestic Capertee Valley below. In addition to being the second largest enclosed canyon in the world, Capertee Valley is also the widest canyon in the world - now if that is not impressive, then I'm not sure what is. To put things into perspective, the Capertee Valley is 1km wider than the Grand Canyon, although it is not quite as deep. There is no better nor more easily accessible place to get a bird's eye view of the Capertee Valley than Pearsons Lookout! It has been suggested that the name Pearsons Lookout may have been named after Thomas Pearson (a former Inspector of Schools who moved to the Mudgee area in 1910), or his brother Joseph Pearson (the pioneering cyclist and tourist who cycled through the area).
Located approximately 2 kilometres south of Capertee, Pearsons Lookout can be accessed through Castlereagh Highway - there are visible signs that are easily seen while driving along this road. If you are driving up north in order to get to Pearsons Lookout (for example, if you are driving from Lithgow), it will be easier if you drive into the village of Capertee first and then hearing back the way you came, as the turn into Pearson's Lookout is on a blind corner for traffic in the opposite direction.
Standing at 907m high, the viewing platform at Pearsons Lookout provides 180 degree views of the Capertee Valley. The Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks can be seen to the south, in addition to Kandos and Rylstone to the north. Some of the mountains that can be seen from Pearsons Lookout include Mount Gundungaroo (789m) and Mount Canobla (829m), in addition to the cities of Newcastle (168km away) and Sydney (136km away).
Some information on the geographical features that can be seen from Pearsons Lookout.
Despite all the different landmarks, both man-made and natural, that can be seen from Pearsons Lookout and are equally beautiful in their own right, it is no doubt Pantoney's Crown, an isolated massif on the western edge of the Blue Mountains that will capture the attention of most, if not all, visitors. Pantoney's Crown stands at an impressive height of just over 1020m, rising over 300m above its surroundings. Pantoney's Crown was named after William Lee Pantoney (1794-1870), the son of convicts William Pantoney and Sarah Smith. With such distinct features, visitors will have no problem picking out this geographical landmark seeing as it stands out from all the rest!
Feel free to stay for as long as you like and take in as much of the view as you can - entry is free and there are no time restrictions. You can even enjoy a meal here with a picnic table available right next to the viewing platform - this definitely takes 'dining with a view' to the next level!