Located in northern New South Wales, 570 km northwest of Sydney and 52 km east of
Narrabri, Mount Kaputar National Park
comprises much of the Nandewar Range, and includes Ningadhun, Yulludunida Cliffs, Yulludunida Crater, Kaputar Plateau, Sawn Rocks,
Waa Gorge Mt Lindesay, Mt Dowe and much more.
Mt Kaputar is a
place of contrasts with the high peaks subject to sub-zero
temperatures, frost and snow in winter and patches of rainforest
flourishing in the lower areas. There is a mix of fig trees, lilly
pillies and tangled rainforest vines, alongside snow gums, snow
grass and alpine daisies.
Perched on the edge of the Western Plains and
surrounded by farm land, Mt Kaputar is an island sanctuary for a
wide range of plants and animals. In recognition of this natural
environment, the vast majority of this Park (80%) has been declared
There are many walks and trails,
plus areas for picnickers and campers, including cabins that can be
booked through the National Parks & Wildlife Service.
Here we have a picture of the open herbfield at Eckfords Lookout. It acts as a soak for the water running off the
southern face of Mount Dowe, and saturating the thin soil.
The Governor (Corrunbral Borawah)
is an easy 2 km
walk, that takes you to the top of a spectacular remnant of a lava flow, with breath-taking views in all direction.
The Nandewar Range was once occupied by the Aboriginal people
of the Kamilaroi nation. Today, little is known of the indigenous cultural
significance of the mountain range and what importance it played in their lives.
Some 25 sites have been recorded in the park, that include campsites, artefact
scatters, marked trees, axe grinding grooves and some rock carvings.