Experience the world from above with a visit to this ancient landscape.
Located 52km east of Narrabri, Mount Kaputar National Park is truly something to behold. Rising 1512m into the sky, Mt Kaputar is an ancient footprint forged from a series of volcanic eruptions that occurred between 17 and 21 million years ago. Today, this rugged wilderness is a shining beacon for nature lovers, photographers, bushwalkers and wildlife watchers, and offers a breathtaking opportunity to experience a prehistoric land.
Mount Kaputar National Park protects an array of natural environments, including semi-arid woodlands, wet eucalypt forests and subalpine heaths. Wander through this spectacular landscape and allow yourself to be awed by incredible rock formations, towering forests and enchanting views, with lava terraces and volcanic plugs all evidence of a long history. From the summit of Mt Kaputar, you will be treated to panoramic views that encompass a staggering ten per cent of NSW, while around every corner lies the opportunity to glimpse threatened species like bats, birds, wallabies and quolls.
For those with time up their sleeve, be sure to linger longer and make use of the park’s two camping areas, Bark Hit and Dawson’s Spring. Both areas are equipped with hot showers and electric barbecues, while Dawson’s Spring also offers three well equipped cabins. There is also a range of walking tracks to explore, ranging from pleasant bush strolls to strenuous climbs, while numerous picnic areas offer scenic spots to relax and soak up the views.
The most iconic reminder of Kaputar’s volcanic past exists in the form of a 40m high basalt rock formation. Resembling a wall of organ pipes, Sawn Rocks is a result of slow and even cooling of molten rock, which enabled individual crystals within the rock to align perfectly with each other and create the stunning natural pillars we see today.
Located in the northern section of the Mount Kaputar National Park, Sawn Rocks is easily accessed via a 750m walking track that begins in car park. The tracks meanders through tall eucalypts, figs and ferns, and culminates in an observation platform. Stairs to the side enable access to the Bobbiwaa creek bed, while a shelter and barbecue area is available back at the car park for those wanting to soak up the scenery a little longer.
Located in the far north section of Mount Kaputar National Park, Waa Gorge is another breathtaking reminder of the region’s volcanic past. Towering tangerine streaked walls sweep up to the ancient volcanic plug Mt Waa, while the deeply etched gorge and surrounding gullies are the result of millions of years of weathering.
The walk into Waa Gorge from the car park takes about an hour, snaking past the picnic area and the ‘Mill Bullah’ (Two Eyes) waterholes before entering a wilderness area. Climb the small hill on the left of the waterholes and follow the creek for a few hundred metres until you find your way into the rocky creek bed that leads to Waa Gorge. It may be challenging, but we promise the reward is well worth it!