Mount Kaputar National Park

Exploring cultural heritage in the park

Cultural sites

Bark Hut picnic area and campground

Camping at Bark Hut in Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Boris Hlavica/DECCW)Bark Hut campground offers peaceful camping in a beautiful setting half way up a mountain. It’s a fantastic spot to set up a base and explore the beautiful Mountain Kaputar National Park on a walk or mountain bike ride, try the nearby Scutts Hut walk or Mount Coryah walk. There are also lots of lookouts nearby – so be sure to stop by to enjoy the views.

With 15 camping spots available and wood fire barbecues on site, it’s perfect for getting a group of friends together, cooking up a feast and indulging in the natural wonders of this striking ancient region. And no need to rough it too much – there are hot showers and flush toilets.

You’ll love ending your busy day by contemplating the stars above you, and the birds will perform their beautiful morning chorus for the early risers.

Activities: walking, sightseeing, mountain biking, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Bark Hut map

Getting there: Bark Hut campground is in the Kaputar Plateau section of Mount Kaputar National Park. To get there, drive south from Narrabri along Old Gunnedah Road for about 4km, then turn left into Mount Kaputar Road.

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles.

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues (free), wood barbecues (bring your own firewood), flush toilets, hot showers, amenities block, drinking water

Water supply: untreated drinking water

Camping fees: $5 per adult per night. $3 per child per night.

Contact: Narrabri, Phone: 02 6792 7300

Sawn Rocks picnic area

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area.

Sawn Rocks in Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Mike Newling/Tourism NSW)Once you’ve been wowed by the amazing columned geology on Sawn Rocks walking track, rest your legs and awaken your senses at Sawn Rocks picnic area.

If the invigorating scent of white cypress pine isn’t enough to enchant you, feast your eyes on the surrounding scenic views while enjoying a cuppa with your packed picnic.

Set in native woodland overlooking the peaceful farmland and craggy mountains of North West NSW, Sawn Rocks picnic area is an idyllic picnic spot with free gas barbecues and shaded picnic tables.

Spring is the best time to enjoy the blossoming wildflowers, showcasing a colourful display for bushwalking fans and you can expect to see striking orange yellow showy wattle and the snowy blossoms of White Box, among others, so remember your camera or sketchpad.

Activities: walking, birdwatching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Natural setting: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Sawn Rocks picnic area is in the Sawn Rocks precinct of Mount Kaputar National Park.

To get there from Narrabri:

  • Drive 3km north along the Newell Highway towards Moree, then turn right into Killarney Gap Road (Bingara Road).
  • After about 35km, you'll see the Sawn Rocks turn-off on the right.

To get there from Bingara:

  • Drive approximately 65km east along Killarney Gap Road
  • You’ll see the Sawn Rocks turn-off on the left

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Sawn Rocks picnic area is always open, but may need to close at times due to poor weather.

Facilities: picnic tables, amenities block, gas/electric barbecues, carpark, trackhead/access point, non-flush toilets

Water supply: untreated water


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

Sawn Rocks Construction

Sawn Rocks will be closed from Monday 10 March to approximately Friday 18 April. There will be no access to any of the Sawn Rocks precinct during this period. Narrabri Area is sorry for the inconvenience. Construction has been delayed by rain.

Scutts Hut

Scutts Hut is a fascinating historic site and well worth the walk-in adventure. This slice of early pioneer history is set on the scenic banks of Horsearm Creek within Mount Kaputar National Park in North West NSW. Starting from Bark Hut picnic area and campground, follow Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk along Scutts Hut trail, popular with bushwalkers and birdwatchers alike.

The hut has been fully restored to show how the early pioneers once lived. You can still see the earth floor, open fireplace, cypress logs and stringybark slabs. Built by grazier Archie Scutt in 1938, it took two years to complete. Most of the materials, including a rainwater tank, were brought up the mountainside by packhorse, which was no mean feat in those days.

There’s also optional bush camping on a grassy clearing near the hut if you prefer to take your time.

Activities: walking, birdwatching

Location:  shown on park map

Getting there: Scutts Hut is in the Kaputar Plateau precinct of Mount Kaputar National Park. To get there:

  • From Narrabri take Old Gunnedah Road south
  • After about 2.5km turn left onto Kaputar Road
  • Follow Kaputar Road for 27km to the Mount Kaputar National Park entrance
  • The Bark Hut turn-off is 14km on the right
  • The Scutts Hut trail trackhead is approximately 100m past the Bark Hut turn-off
  • It's a 9.5km walk to the hut

Road access: Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access). Dry weather only.

Facilities: trackhead/access point

Historic roads and tracks

Kaputar Plateau walk - 6km

Walking (medium difficulty, 3 hours )

General information

Rangers Lookout on the Kaputar Plateau walk, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Daniel Trudgeon/OEH)Kaputar Plateau walk is a magnificent and varied 6km walking track set deep in the heart of Mount Kaputar National Park. It’s a great walk for budding bushwalkers and avid birdwatchers keen to enjoy the wide open spaces and dramatic mountain ranges of North West NSW, near Narrabri.

Enjoy a taste of early Australian pioneer history whilst walking along the original ‘pioneer’s track’ from Coryah Gap to Dawsons Spring.

Venture through a range of landscapes and vegetation before arriving at Euglah Rock with spectacular scenic views of Camels Hump and Mount Coryah. Experienced rock climbers can test themselves on nearby cliffs while mountain bikers can ride this moderately difficult trail.

Directions: You can begin the walk from Bark Hut or the start of Rocky Plateau firetrail, 2km beyond Bark Hut on the Kaputar Road.

If you are starting at Rocky Plateau firetrail continue along the trail, passing Rangers Lookout about 1.5km down the track. Lairds lookout, with views of Euglah Rock, Camels Hump and Mount Coryah, is another 2 km further.

At the junction with Scutts Hut firetrail turn right and continue 2km along the firetrail until you meet Kaputar Road just above Bark Hut.

You can return the way you came or walk 2km up the main road to the starting point. With two cars you can leave one car at Bark Hut.

Mount Coryah walking track - 2km

Walking (hard, 1 hour 30 minutes)

General information

Walkers enjoying the spectacular view form Mount Coryah (Image: Daniel Trudgeon/OEH)Mount Coryah walking track begins at Coryah Gap carpark and climbs steeply up the stepped ridge. The terraces were formed by a series of lava flows, each new one covering the terraces beneath it.

At the base of the cliffs follow the track around to the left. The track climbs to the top terrace, evidence of the most recent eruption, and then circles around the summit of Mount Coryah in an anti-clockwise direction, providing views to the south, east and north.

From the lookout the return track passes under the northern base of the summit through an impressive stand of grass trees. It then loops back to the track junction at the base of the cliffs. The loop track is very narrow, it follows the cliff edge and can be slippery when wet. If you wish to avoid the cliff edge or it has recently rained you may wish to miss the loop and return the way you came from the lookout.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, alpine plant communities

Location:  shown on Bark Hut map

Opening hours: Mount Coryah walking track is always open, but may need to close at times during snow/ice events.

Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk - 9.5km each way (one-way route)

Walking (hard, 5 hours each way)

General information

Scutts Hut walk, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Jessica Stokes/DECCW)Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk is a 9.5km hike through the beautiful mountain scenery of Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri. As one of the more challenging walks in the park, it offers a chance to really experience the historic heritage of Scutts Hut, a hut built by an early pioneer in the 1930s.

Leaving Scutts Hut trail, the 1.7km track leading to Scutts Hut is marked. However, the 450m steep track that leads to Kurrawonga Falls isn’t, so you’ll need to keep your eyes open for the fence that runs down to Horsearm Creek just above the falls.

Enjoy a spot of birdwatching among the woodlands of silvertop stringybark, mountain gums and rough bark apples. You might want to rest and camp overnight near the historic hut as this track is very steep and difficult.

Directions: The walk starts at the junction of Scutts fire trail and Dunnet Parkway (Kaputar Road) near Bark Hut. Parking is available at Bark Hut; please do not block the fire trail. Follow the fire trail for 8km south along the ridgeline above Horsearm Creek, passing through a variety of habitats that change with altitude. Make sure you continue to head south along Scutts fire trail at the junction with Rocky Plateau trail.

2.2km beyond Jokers Spring a signpost marks the steep walking track leading off to the left. Follow the narrow track down the hill and after 1km you will reach a T-junction where the track diverges left to Scutts Hut or right to Kurrawonga Falls.

The track to Scutts Hut is 700m long and is marked by the occasional totem. The track to Kurrawonga Falls follows the fenceline for 450m until it reaches Horsearm Creek above Kurrawonga Falls. Alternatively it is possible to walk between Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls by scrambling along Horsearm Creek for 2km. While it is picturesque this route is difficult to negotiate in places.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, rainforests

Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk - 9.5km each way (one-way route)

Walking (hard, 5 hours each way)

General information

Scutts Hut walk, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Jessica Stokes/DECCW)Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk is a 9.5km hike through the beautiful mountain scenery of Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri. As one of the more challenging walks in the park, it offers a chance to really experience the historic heritage of Scutts Hut, a hut built by an early pioneer in the 1930s.

Leaving Scutts Hut trail, the 1.7km track leading to Scutts Hut is marked. However, the 450m steep track that leads to Kurrawonga Falls isn’t, so you’ll need to keep your eyes open for the fence that runs down to Horsearm Creek just above the falls.

Enjoy a spot of birdwatching among the woodlands of silvertop stringybark, mountain gums and rough bark apples. You might want to rest and camp overnight near the historic hut as this track is very steep and difficult.

Directions: The walk starts at the junction of Scutts fire trail and Dunnet Parkway (Kaputar Road) near Bark Hut. Parking is available at Bark Hut; please do not block the fire trail. Follow the fire trail for 8km south along the ridgeline above Horsearm Creek, passing through a variety of habitats that change with altitude. Make sure you continue to head south along Scutts fire trail at the junction with Rocky Plateau trail.

2.2km beyond Jokers Spring a signpost marks the steep walking track leading off to the left. Follow the narrow track down the hill and after 1km you will reach a T-junction where the track diverges left to Scutts Hut or right to Kurrawonga Falls.

The track to Scutts Hut is 700m long and is marked by the occasional totem. The track to Kurrawonga Falls follows the fenceline for 450m until it reaches Horsearm Creek above Kurrawonga Falls. Alternatively it is possible to walk between Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls by scrambling along Horsearm Creek for 2km. While it is picturesque this route is difficult to negotiate in places.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, rainforests

Scutts Hut trail - 20km each way (one-way route)

Mountain biking (medium difficulty, 4 hours each way)

The trail begins near Bark Hut and heads south along the ridge between Horsearm Creek on the left and Oaky Creek on the right. Along the way keep an eye out for Euglah Rock, Jokers Spring as well as bountiful birdlife.

Once you reach the southern gate return the way you came.

Please respect local landholders and do not trespass on private property.

Note: please do not block the trail; park your car at Bark Hut, 50m down the road.

Walking (hard)

General information

Scutts Hut walk, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Jessica Stokes/DECCW)Discover the rugged landscape of Mount Kaputar National Park on your mountain bike on the beautiful Scutts Hut trail. The 20km trail winds its way along a ridge between two creeks, through magnificent bushland with amazing views. It makes a great day ride, and while you’re cycling, keep an eye out for the abundant birdlife, kangaroos and other local wildlife.

Before heading back, hop off your bike and walk down the track to check out historic Scutts Hut to see how pioneers lived in Mount Kaputar in the 1940s and 1950s.

Directions: The trail begins at the Bark Hut camping ground. About 2 km along the trail you'll come to Jokers Spring on the left. Further along on the left is Horsearm Creek valley.

Location maps

Yulludunida walking track - 1.4km

Walking (hard, 1 hour 30 minutes)

General information

The view from the top of Mount Yulludunida, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: B Hlavica/OEH)Yulludunida walking track is an exhilarating 3-hour hike which takes you up the side of the steep bluff, a heart-pumping 350-metre rise in altitude. Adventurous and experienced bushwalkers will be rewarded with uninterrupted 360° views across Mount Kaputar National Park and North West NSW. Yulludunida walking track includes a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the mountain’s crater.

It’s a steep climb up the stairs through woodland to the top of the ridge. Crossing an old dingo-proof fence, the landscape opens up to a spectacular rocky panorama that looks like it is straight out of central Australia. Keep watching while bushwalking for scurrying lizards, patrolling birds of prey and hardy heath wildflowers growing out of bare rock. 

Retrace your steps to Green Camp and enjoy a well-earned lunch at the picnic tables.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests