Mount Kaputar National Park
Erupting volcanoes created the Nandewar Ranges and the magnificent Mount Kaputar National Park (Cap–you–tar) between 17 and 21 million years ago. The skeleton of these volcanoes now provides a picturesque background for the residents and visitors of Narrabri Shire and a magnificent attraction beckoning exploration.
From the 1512-metre summit of Mount Kaputar, 52km east of Narrabri, you will be treated to panoramic views encompassing a staggering 10 per cent of NSW, weather permitting. This rugged wilderness rises spectacularly from surrounding flat agricultural plains. Whether you’re a nature lover, photographer, bushwalker, camper or simply seeking a little solitude, prepare to be spellbound by the grandeur of this landscape of lava terraces and volcanic plugs.
The National Park protects a wide variety of plant communities, including semi–arid woodlands, wet eucalypt forests and subalpine heaths. It's also home to a host of animal species, and provides a haven for many threatened species – including bats, birds, wallabies and quolls. Keep an eye out for the native pink slug! It often appears after rain, and is unique to Mount Kaputar National Park.
Mount Kaputar has a range of walks to suit all tastes, from pleasant bush ramblings to strenuous climbs. A guide for the marked walking tracks is available from the Visitor Information Centre or NPWS office in Narrabri.
For more information on some of the most popular attractions within Mount Kaputar National Park please click on the links below.
- Mount Kaputar National Park is located 52km East of Narrabri on the Kaputar Road, approximately one hour's drive from town.
- From the Visitor Information Centre, drive up Lloyd Street and turn right into Maitland Street, which is parallel to the Newell Highway where the Visitors Information Centre is located.
- Drive through the CBD and continue out of town, passing the RSL Club on your right hand side.
- Approximately 3kms past the RSL Club, turn left at the road signposted Airport and Mount Kaputar National Park.
- Follow this road for approximately 52kms. This road will lead right to the summit of Mount Kaputar. Approximately 6kms of this road is unsealed.
- The road is passable in wet weather, however extreme caution should be taken, as the road may be slippery and rough.
Camping & Accomodation
Two campsites are available in Mr Kaputar National Park at Dawsons Spring and Bark Hut. Both have gas barbecues, hot showers and toilets. Caravans are not allowed in the park, however box trailers are permitted.
The park also has three cabins, each with a minimum two-night stay. They are fully self contained, sleep up to six people, have a slow combustion heater for winter (wood provided) and are cool in summer. The cabins also contain limited cooking facilities including a microwave, refrigerator, toaster, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils, hot showers and tea and coffee facilities, and environmentally friendly septic toilets.
Cabin bookings are essential and may be made up to six months in advance. Bookings can be made through the National Parks and Wildlife Service website (Follow the link below to book). At 1500 metres above sea level, the cool sub-alpine environment of Mt Kaputar is a stark contrast to the hot dry plains below.
Pets are not allowed in the National Park.
- Hot showers
- Tea & coffee facilities