Spend the day high above the plains discovering the ecological gem that is the Mt Kaputar National Park and uncover the secrets of the Deriah Aboriginal Area.
Tour – Day 2
Mt Kaputar National National Park
Today you’re heading for the sky! From the 1512m summit of Mt Kaputar, 52km east of Narrabri, you will be treated to panoramic views encompassing a staggering 10 per cent of NSW, weather permitting.
Allow: 3 Hrs minimum
Explore the rugged island of wilderness that is Mt Kaputar National Park, an ancient footprint left behind by a series of volcanic eruptions between 17 and 21 million years ago. Rising spectacularly from surrounding flat agricultural plains, millions of years of erosion have forged this volcanic wilderness into the Nandewar Ranges you see today. 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 our native pink slug! It often appears after rain, and is unique to Mt Kaputar National Park.
For those with time to thoroughly explore the park, two camping areas with hot showers and electric barbecues are available as well as three well-equipped cabins at Dawsons Spring, which can be booked through the NPWS office. Mt Kaputar has a range of walks to suit all tastes, from pleasant bush ramblings to strenuous climbs.
Deriah Aboriginal Area
Allow: 2 Hrs minimum
Uncover the secrets of this recently opened reserve, located at the foothills of the Nandewar Ranges. The Deriah Aboriginal Area forms part of the traditional country of the Gamilaroi people and is a beautiful place to explore the unique wildlife of the area and learn more about Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Stop for a barbeque at the Wagun Picnic Area and learn about the Wagun (willy wagtail) dreaming amongst the short Culture Sculpture Walk. The nearby Biruu gaba lookout offers spectacular views across the Nandewar range.
From the Kaputar Road, turn right onto Eulah Creek Road and follow it for 11km. Turn right into Carinya Road and follow the route uphill to enter the Deriah Aboriginal Area. Part of this access route is unsealed.