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“One of the Best National Parks in Australia”

Mt Kaputar National Park
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Narrabri
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

Our brief visit to the Mt. Kaputar National Park was a revelation at how well managed and relaxed a National Park could be. Congratulations to the area NPWS managers.
We had a couples cabin, "Dickson"... All you need for a relaxing stress free break.
The slow combustion fire with fan kept the place cosy and warm.
With so few people in the park during our stay, it was as if it was our own special place....I am in fact reluctant to do a T.A. report and want to keep it our secret.:)
The walks and views are a bonus which will see us back to do more walks and adventurous trails into the wilderness areas...
Be warned , it can get cold, even has falls of snow over winter, so dress accordingly.

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed mid-week in one of the cabins at Mt Kaputar. After a somewhat anxious (for me) drive up the mountain with our L-plate driver at the wheel (the journey time at least 45mins) we arrived in this gem of a campsite and felt immediately relaxed! We were very impressed with the standard of the cabins and the park itself.
With only us and two or three others at the site it was very peaceful and we spent two nights enjoying the whole bush experience. We cooked on the campfire (wood is available for cabin residents) and were joined each evening by 4 or 5 kanagroos all keen to be part of the fun! The walks are all well marked and views are beautiful.
The staff at the park office in Narrabri were also very helpful - they do a great job with the upkeep of the park.

2  Thank Elfrida456
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is a stunning eucalyptus forest. We arrived Friday evening for sunset at Doug Sky's lookout leaving Sunday afternoon. We stayed at the Dawson Springs Cabins. These cabins are run by the national parks office from Narrabri and are great facilities well equipped apart from linen. They were well equipped with timber for the log fire, BBQ facilities, Kitchen facilities and outdoor amenities for the picnicking. There were three cabins, two with six beds although fits 4 comfortably, and the third with a double and fold out sofa for four comfortably. ($77 a night excellent value). 60 kms from Narrabri to Dawson Springs and a good hour required for the drive.

The walks we attempted on this visited where the Dawson Springs Nature Trail (easy 1.5 kms, paved and boardwalk), in the morning the Kookaburras were laughing and we took a energetic walk to Mt Coryah, completing the climb and the circular walk past the grass trees and cliff faces. Take the summit in and then walk to the edge of the rim. There are more spectacular views awaiting. Then having taken a lunch break at the cabins, the Bundabulla Circuit walk called us for the afternoon stroll (it is up and down over some rocks and pathways but there are also boardwalks) taking in Horsearm Lookout, Eckford Lookout, Bundabulla lookout (spectacular) returning to Dawson Springs (all up about 6 kms). The communication towers are right there so there is telecommunications available by phone (no TV's at these cabins whilst you enjy the bush though). Then a short drive and a 300m walk to the Governor Lookout for Sunset over the Liverpool plains and west whilst sipping champers with strawberries and a cheese platter.

We visited the next morning Mt Kaputar summit a steep 2.5km walk on a wellformed track ( otherwise drive tot he lookout). The west kaputar rockface and the Mt Lindsay Tops walk (1km) plus ambling through and across the rock formations.

There are many more walks and overnight walks to Scutts Hut and the like through the valleys and but we had to leave some walks for another time to visit this Australian gem of a national park.

Overall the flora was abundant this November weekend, there were plenty of macropods grazing in the picnic areas and we were overawed by the birdlife present - king parrots crimson rosellas, kookaburras, small finches and wrens, honey-eaters and more.

All the camp grounds at $5 a night are well maintained and clean. No grass necessarily in the tenting sites due to the volcanic nature of the Nandewar range.

Be cautious driving the wildlife is abundant the road is narrow and speed limited to 40 kph and winds around the mountain range with plenty to see in the view finder. Take your time, take time and explore this beautiful park.

4  Thank CandcH
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Where else can you see over 10% of NSW from one spot i recommend staying in the cabins if you can get one makes for a top weekend with friends.

1  Thank poiter
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

The only high point in the area so definitely worth a trip up to the summit. Most of the road is sealed however there are many rest points along the way. Do drive slowly and you will be able to spot wildlife as they graze in the bushland. Take a folding chair and just stop and enjoy nature's beauty - so peasceful

1  Thank BNE747
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