Mount Kaputar National Park
encompasses the Nandewar Ranges, once a complex elongated shield volcano, now a rugged mountainous region that are the
remnant from a series of volcanic eruptions that moved through the area between
17 and 21 million years ago. Over millions of years, erosion carved the
landscape that we known as the Nandewar
Range, a dramatic escarpment of lava terraces, volcanic plugs
and ring dykes.
At 1,510 metres above sea level Mount Kaputar forms the
highest point, whilst the national park itself demonstrates many outstanding
examples of landforms associated with volcanism. These include the remains of
numerous tiered lava terraces such as Lindsay Rock Tops and those south of
Bundabulla and Eckford’s Lookouts. These show phases of volcanic activity, while
the Governor, Ningadhun, Euglah Rock and Camels Hump demonstrate the processes
of erosion whereby individual features of volcanism have been isolated. One of
the most spectacular of these is Mount Yulludunida, a circular set of dykes.
One of the significant geomorphological site in the national park is Sawn
Rocks. This name is given to one of the best examples of columnar jointing in
Australia. The site is located in the northern part of national park and is
geologically significant for its well-preserved pentagonal columns of trachyte.
Sawn Rocks demonstrates the formation of parallel, prismatic columns that are
formed as a result of uniform contraction during the slow and even cooling of a
The national park protects a variety of plant communities that include
semi-arid woodlands, wet eucalypt forests and subalpine heaths. It also provides
a haven for a number of threatened animal species and is renowned for a unique
pink slug that often appears after rain. Eastern Grey Kangaroo call the park
home and can usually be seen especially if you are staying at the cabins or
For more information visit the
National Parks & Wildlife Service -
Mount Kaputar National Park website.
National Parks & Wildlife Services -
Mount Kaputar National Park.