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Scutts Hut trail

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Alerts for Mount Kaputar National Park: closed areas


Updated: 15/04/2015 05:22 PM

“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

Closures Due to Aerial Pest Operation (Ends Saturday 25 April)

Some areas of Mount Kaputar National Park and Deriah Aboriginal Area the park will be closed due to aerial pest operations from Wednesday 22 April to Saturday 25 April 2015. All visitors are advised to stay on formed tracks only and obey all closure notices. Closures will vary across the period to minimise disruption. The following areas will be closed at the following times.
7am Wednesday 22 April to 12:30pm Saturday 25 April

  • Upper Bullawa Creek picnic area 
7am Wednesday 22 April to 5pm Friday 24 April
  • Coryah walking track
  • Yulludunida walking track
  • Barraba track
  • Scutts firetrail
  • Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walking track
  • Rocky Plateau Firetrail and Kaputar Plateau walk
7am-12 noon Wednesday 22 April
  • Deriah Aboriginal Area
8am-12 noon Thursday 23 April
  • Waa Gorge
1pm-6pm Thursday 23 April
  • Lindsay Rock Tops walking track
  • Bundabulla circuit
  • Eckford Lookout walking track
  • The Governor lookout and walking track
Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact NPWS Narrabri area office on (02) 6792 7300.
Locations affected: Scutts Hut trail, Barraba track, Mount Kaputar summit walk, Waa Gorge walking track, Bundabulla circuit walking track, Lindsay Rock Tops walk, Bark Hut picnic area and campground, Scutts Hut, Governor Summit (Corrunbral Borawah) walking track, Mount Coryah walking track, Scutts Hut and Kurrawonga Falls walk, Kaputar Plateau walk, Waa Gorge picnic area, Doug Sky lookout, Governor lookout walking track, Mill-bullah walking track

Leaves on the ground. Photo:John Yurasek