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Scutts Hut trail

Important information

Alerts for Mount Kaputar National Park: closed areas, fire bans, upcoming closed areas


Updated: 23/02/2015 06:00 AM

“The trail was rough enough to be really fun to ride on, and we were absolutely blown away by the scenery.”

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.


Getting there

Getting there:

Scutts Hut trail starts from Bark Hut campground, in the Kaputar Plateau section of Mount Kaputar National Park. To get there drive south from Narrabri along Old Gunnedah Road, after about 4km, turn left into Mount Kaputar Road.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Bark Hut picnic area and campground.

Important info


20km (one-way)

Time suggested:

4 hours each way


Medium difficulty

You should know:

  • Scutts Hut trail ends at a gate leading to Black Mountain Creek Road. Beyond the gate is private property, so we ask visitors to respect the boundary and ride back up the hill the way they came upon reaching the gate at the end of the track.
  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to wear a helmet and take plenty of drinking water
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch
  • You won't be able to ride down to Scutts Hut, but it is accessible on foot.
  • Scutts Hut trail has rough uneven surfaces and is most suitable for mountain bikes
  • Caravans are not permitted on Mount Kaputar Road
  • The trail starts at Bark Hut picnic area and campground – a good place for a picnic or barbecue before you start the ride.

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- Alerts

Mount Kaputar National Park

closed areas

Dawsons Spring hazard reduction burn (Ends Sunday 1 March)

Weather permitting, NPWS will be conducting a hazard reduction burn in the Dawsons Spring portion of Mount Kaputar National Park between 8.00am 23 February 2015 and 5.00pm 01 March 2015. The following facilities and roads may be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists:

  • Dunnet Parkway road (main access road) above The Governor turnoff.
  • Barraba track
  • Dawsons Spring Cabins and campground
  • Dawsons Spring Nature trail
  • Summit Walking track and Summit lookout
  • Bundabulla Circuit and Eckfords Lookout walking track
  • Lindsay Rock Tops walking track
  • Kaputar Plateau walking track
  • Scutts Hut trail, Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walks and Scutts Hut.
Please adhere to all local road closure signs and follow staff directions.
Be aware of possible falling tree hazards following the burn, especially off formed tracks.
Smoke may affect the Dunnet Parkway Road and the Dawsons Spring area.
 Penalties apply for non-compliance. For further information contact NPWS Narrabri area office on (02) 6792 7300. Office opening hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Please visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Scutts Hut trail, Barraba track, Bundabulla circuit walking track, Lindsay Rock Tops walk, Dawsons Spring cabins, Dawsons Spring campground, Scutts Hut, Governor Summit (Corrunbral Borawah) walking track, Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk, Kaputar Plateau walk, Mount Kaputar summit lookout, Doug Sky lookout, Governor lookout walking track, West Kaputar lookout

fire bans

A park fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Tuesday 31 March. Future bans will also apply.)
A park fire ban is in place in this park . The park fire ban remains in effect until 6:00pm 31 March 2015. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Park fire bans are in place in all reserves across the Northern Plains Region in north-west NSW. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information about fire bans in parks and reserves please contact the Narrabri area office on (02) 6792 7300, Baradine area office on (02) 6843 4000 or Warrumbungle Visitor Centre on (02) 6825 4364, or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: Bark Hut (Saturday 21 March to Thursday 2 April)Some areas of this park are closed between 21/03/2015 and 02/04/2015 due to essential maintenance on the campground / picnic area facilities, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed. Closed areas are:

  • Bark Hut picnic area and campground
  • Euglah Rock walking track and lookout
Camping and picnic facilities are available at Dawsons Campground, Mount Kaputar National Park during this period. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Narrabri area office on (02) 6792 7300 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.
Locations affected: Bark Hut picnic area and campground, Euglah Rock walking track

Leaves on the ground. Photo:John Yurasek