Today we are heading up into the clouds and exploring the vast untamed beauty of the Nandewar Ranges.
Start your day be heading out to Sawn Rocks in the northern section of Mount Kaputar National Park. You will experience an almighty wall of organ pipes without stepping foot inside a church. Sawn Rocks’ towering 40m high pillars are undoubtedly the most iconic reminder of Mount Kaputar’s volcanic past. The 750m easy walking trail meanders through tall eucalyptus, figs and ferns to an observation platform affording uninterrupted views of the rock formation. Located 35km east of Narrabri along Killarney Gap Road, we suggest allocating 1.5hrs for the return trip to Narrabri.
After returning to Narrabri head southeast along Kaputar Rd 55km (1hr) where you will reach the 1510m summit of Mount Kaputar National Park. At the summit you will be treated to panoramic views encompassing a staggering 10 per cent of NSW. Rising high above the surrounding agricultural plains, millions of years of erosion have forged this volcanic wilderness into the Nandewar Ranges you see today. The higher you ascend into the clouds the cooler it becomes, with the temperature of the summit often being 10°C lower than the agricultural plains below. Picnic at one of the lookouts or take a hike and explore the rugged landscape, there is something for every type of adventurer at Mount Kaputar. We recommend allocating at least half a day to explore Mount Kaputar.
Campgrounds and cabins are available for those looking to stay longer.
On the return from Mount Kaputar take a detour via the Deriah Aboriginal Area, located at the foothills of the Nandewar Ranges. The reserve forms part of the traditional country of the Kamilaroi people and allows visitors to explore the unique wildlife of the area and learn more about Aboriginal cultural heritage.