Mount Kaputar National Park


Dawsons Spring Nature Trail, Mt Kaputar National Park, under a dusting of snow in 2005. (Image: 0)Walks in the park range from Dawsons Spring Nature Trail, an easy loop walk through sub-alpine woodlands from the Dawsons Spring picnic area, to the challenging 19km Scutts Hut to Kurrawonga Falls Walk. You can see the spectacular Sawn Rocks - a geological formation known as organ-piping - from a walk and boardwalk in the northern section of the park.

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Walking tracks

Governor lookout walking track

Wheelchair access: medium

  • Assistance may be required to access this area
  • From the carpark, there is a wheelchair-accessible ramp to the lookout.

With spellbinding scenic views over the magnificent Nandeawar and Grattai wilderness areas, Governor lookout walking track is a great addition to a car tour of Mount Kaputar National Park. The short accessible boardwalk from the carpark makes it a quick and easy stop over, ideal for families, groups and school excursions.

From the lookout, take in the dramatic volcanic landscape and the distinctive Governor rock formation. On a clear autumn day, the scenic mountain views go on forever and in winter you’ll see dramatic snow-capped peaks. It’s an ideal vantage spot to enjoy some birdwatching as wedge-tailed eagles are often seen circling above.

Experienced walkers will enjoy the challenge of Governor Summit walking track while skilled rock climbers will love the chance to test themselves.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Euglah Rock walking track

Euglah Rock walking track is an easy walk located in a dry, eucalypt forest setting and departs from the bottom of Bark Hut campground. It leads you to a lookout with scenic views of Euglah Rock, a spectacular volcanic remnant.

Euglah Rock walking track is very popular with those camping in Mount Kaputar National Park, but it’s suitable for all ages and walks of life. The path is dotted with educational signs explaining animal tracks and traces. If you’re visiting after rain, you will be accompanied by a soothing soundtrack of waterfalls crashing nearby.

Take this walk in mid-to-late spring to experience a vibrant display of colourful wildflowers. At this time of year, the area blooms in technicolour with purple hyacinth orchards, pink trigger plants and paper daisies.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

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

Mill-bullah walking track

A visit to Waa Gorge doesn’t need to end with its picnic area. Indeed, this is only the beginning: from here, you can spend an entire day exploring the nooks and crannies of the ancient formation. Mill-bullah walking track offers a good introduction, finishing at the beautiful Mill-bullah waterholes. 'Mill-bullah' means 'two eyes', and nearly anybody can see them on this medium-grade path along a shady creek.

Start your walk near the information shelter, which provides a fascinating insight into the box-cypress forest and dry rainforest of the area. The track from here is just 500m long, so it’s suitable for most visitors. For the best experience, visit in spring or autumn, when temperatures are cool, and bring some binoculars for a bit of birdwatching along the way.

From the Mill-bullah waterholes, you can continue on to Waa Gorge through Grattai Wilderness Area by taking Waa Gorge walking track.

Sawn Rocks walking track

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • The track to the lookout is sealed and slightly undulating
  • One designated disabled carspot is available

Visitors amazed by the spectacular Sawn Rocks in Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: I Brown/DECCW)The magnificent Sawn Rocks are one of Australia’s best examples of a rock formation called ‘organ-piping’ – because they look like a wall of giant organ pipes. They are a fascinating reminder of Mount Kaputar’s volcanic past.

It’s a short and easy 20-minute walk through rainforest to the lookout at the foot of Sawn Rocks. To get the perfect photograph, it’s worth timing your visit to reach the rocks after midday when the sun is shining directly on the striking cliff face. Treat yourself to a well deserved picnic or barbecue at the lovely Sawn Rocks picnic area on your return.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, wet eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on park map

Governor Summit (Corrunbral Borawah) walking track

Walker enjoying the view from the top of the Governor, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: I Brown/OEH)For a rewarding walk with breathtaking scenic views across the dramatic volcanic landscape in Mount Kaputar National Park, try Governor Summit walking track, near Narrabri. Also known as Corrunbral Borawah, it’s a great track for experienced walkers and birdwatching.

The walking track follows an easy sealed boardwalk to Governors lookout, where you can bask in the superb scenic mountain views. You’ll see majestic mountain gums and vibrant wildflowers in the spring. The second half of the track, though, will definitely get your heart racing. Ascending steeply via ladders, you’ll have to do some rock scrambling, but it’s all worth the effort.

From the unfenced summit, you can take in the magnificent 360-degree panorama across Nundewah Ranges and Euglah Rock. Raptors such as wedge-tailed eagles are often seen circling on the updrafts and clear autumn days are ideal for unending scenic views.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Bark Hut map

Mount Kaputar summit walk

Mount Kaputar summit lookout, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Boris Hlavica/DECCW)The Mount Kaputar summit walk winds its way up through towering eucalypts to emerge at a lookout with stunning 360° views of the dramatic mountain range. Starting from Dawsons Spring picnic area and following Dawsons Spring Nature trail, the walk to the summit will have your heart racing, but the spectacular view is well worth the journey.

Millions of years in the making, it’s definitely worth packing your camera to capture the beauty of the park from a bird’s eye view. To make the trip extra special, combine the walk with a stay at Dawsons Spring cabins and walk up before sunrise or sunset and watch the colours flood across the landscape. For an easier journey try driving to the summit and walking back down.

Directions: The track leaves Dawsons Spring Nature trail and winds through the eucalypts. Cross the road and continue up the hill until you reach the summit carpark. From the carpark climb the stairs of the boardwalk to the lookout at Mount Kaputar's summit. From this lookout you can see the rugged extent of the park, with the possibility of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. A plaque at the site of the original trig station will help you work out what you are seeing.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests

Location:  shown on Dawsons Spring map

Waa Gorge walking track

Waa Gorge, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: S Garland/OEH)Following on from Mill-bullah walking track, the slightly more challenging Waa Gorge walking track gives you access to Grattai Wilderness Area. This track is unformed, so be prepared for a bit of a challenge as you climb a small hill on the left side of the waterholes to follow the creek into the gorge.

The walls of the gorge are spectacularly colourful, and the cool shelter offers a nice picnic spot amid the dramatic setting of the NSW Western Plains. In spring, you’ll find a myriad of wildflowers here, and the gorge is also studded with fig trees. Don't forget your camera and binoculars for some great birdwatching.

Plant communities: heathlands, dry eucalypt forests, rainforests

Location:  shown on park map

Bundabulla Link Track

This track links Dawsons Spring Nature Trail and Bundabulla Circuit (refer to the Dawsons Spring Map).

Take care when rain is about as the rocky outcrops can be slippery when wet.

Plant communities: heathlands, dry eucalypt forests

Dawsons Spring Nature Trail

Wheelchair access: hard
There are steep sections of the track where assistance is required.

Nature Trail waterfall, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Boris Hlavica/DECCW)This easy walk loops between the information shelter in the picnic area and the bottom of the camping ground. The track winds through the sub-alpine forest of snow gum and mountain gum via a sealed track and system of wooden boardwalks and bridges. 

The headwaters of Horsearm Creek provide excellent photo opportunities, particularly if the waterfall is flowing. This walk is excellent for children and school groups. Information signs along the way help to explain the surrounding environment.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Dawsons Spring map

Walkers on the Nature Trail, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: Boris Hlavica/DECCW)

Yulludunida walking track

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

Lindsay Rock Tops walk

Lindsay Rocks walking track, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: B Hlavica/OEH)This is a relatively easy walking track with no steep sections. You'll walk through snowgum woodland and emerge on an open rocky lava flow area. The path continues across these unusual rocks to the edge of the rock tops, where the views to the south and east are magnificent. This walk links with the Bundabulla Circuit walk.

WARNING: exposed cliffs do not have barriers so keep a close watch on children and stay back from cliff edges.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Dawsons Spring map

Mount Coryah walking track

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.

Bundabulla circuit walking track

Walking through the sub-alpine woodlands along the Bundabulla Circuit walking track, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: B Hlavica/OEH)Bundabulla circuit walking track connects Lindsay Rock Tops walk and Eckford lookout walk, with plenty of attractions along the way. Following Lindsay Rock Tops walk, turn right at the signposted junction; you’ll know you’re on the right path when you pass fragrant tea tree scrub and a small bridge.

From here, the self-guided walk passes through a variety of vegetation types and rock formations, with grey kangaroos and wallaroos feeding in the undergrowth. Expect to see grassy plains and heath flowers, particularly in springtime, and lava flow remains near the lookout.

Bundabulla and Horsearm lookouts are superb spots for viewing wedge-tailed eagles, so don’t forget the camera. You might even see one of the famous pink slugs and carnivorous native snails if the weather is on the cold side. Pack a picnic lunch and extend your walk by linking the circuit to several other exhilarating walks.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, heathlands

Location:  shown on Dawsons Spring map

Kaputar Plateau walk

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.

Barraba track

If you hanker for the rugged beauty of wild and remote places, then Barraba track in Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri, will definitely get your heart pumping. Stretching from Kaputar plateau to the secluded eastern boundary, this steep track boasts spell-binding clifftop views. There’s no reward without effort, and this limited access track will challenge experienced mountain bikers and walkers alike.

Ascending the rocky track, stringybarks and blackbutts give way to majestic snow and mountain gums. You’ll pass lush ferns and grass trees before arriving at the summit, where you’ll glimpse the dramatic volcanic landscape of Mount Dowe and Lindsay Rock Tops, through the trees.

If you’re cycling or walking, enjoy a hearty picnic lunch, before heading back down. If driving, round off your trip with a visit to picturesque Horton Falls.

Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk

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

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.

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