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Mount Kaputar National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Kaputar National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    For Kaputar Plateau:

    • Drive south along the Old Gunnedah Road from Narrabri, then turn left onto Kaputar Road
    • The park entrance is a further 27km
    • From here the road up to the plateau is steep and winding, with sections of gravel road
    • No caravans are permitted beyond this point

    For Sawn Rocks: 

    • Travel north along the Newell Highway from Narrabri for about 3km
    • Turn right onto Bingara Road (Killarney Gap Road)
    • After about 35km you'll see the turn-off to Sawn Rocks on the right

    For Waa Gorge from Narrabri:

    • Travel north on the Newell Highway for 3km
    • Turn right onto Killarney Gap Rd (Bingara Road)
    • Head along this road for about 21km and turn left at the turn-off to Terry Hie Hie (Melburra Road SR3)
    • After approximately 30km you’ll reach a T junction. Turn right on Allambie Rd to Waa Gorge.
    • The last 8km is dry weather access only and passes through private property. Please respect landholders by leaving gates as you find them, slowing for stock and staying off wet roads.
    • Travel 6.5km to the park entrance, making sure to close the gate. The Waa Gorge car park and picnic area is a further 1.5km.

    From Moree:

    • Travel east on Gwydir Highway towards Warialda
    • After 6.2km, turn right towards Terry Hie Hie and continue south through the village of Terry Hie Hie.
    • At the cross roads near Berrygill Creek tennis courts, take the left fork on the gravel road. Continue through Berrygill Aboriginal Area past Clifton property.
    • Turn left on Allambie Road to Waa Gorge. The last 8km is dry weather access only and passes through private property. Please respect landholders by leaving gates as you find them, slowing for stock and staying off wet roads.
    • Travel 6.5km to the park entrance, ensuring you close the gate. The Waa Gorge carpark and picnic area is a further 1.5km.

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    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    Best times to visit

    There are lots of great things waiting for you in Mount Kaputar National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

    Autumn

    This is one of the best times of year to visit the park, with ideal temperatures for bush walking, cycling and camping.

    Spring

    A beautiful time of year to enjoy the abundant wildflowers and birds.

    Summer

    Escape the heat of the plains by heading up into the park. The mountains can be up to 10°C cooler than the surrounding towns and provide a relaxing refuge from the heat. Bring a book and relax under the shade of a towering snow gum.

    Winter

    Experience the mist surrounding the high plateau area and enjoy the beauty of the occasional blanketing of snow. The clear, sunny winter days are a great time to explore Sawn Rocks and Waa Gorge.

    Facilities

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Water

    Untreated water is provided at Dawsons Spring, at Bark Hut, Sawn Rocks and John Perry picnic areas.

    None of the watercourses in the park provide reliable year-round water - you must take your own with you when walking.

    Weather 

    Weather in Mount Kaputar National Park can deteriorate quickly.

    • Do not use walking tracks during high winds
    • If severe weather is predicted it is advised that you leave the park
    • If caught in severe weather move into open areas
    • Be prepared that temperatures on the plateau can be about 10 degrees cooler than in the nearby town of Narrabri

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit; it helps emergency services locate you, using your smartphone's GPS.

    Please note, there is limited mobile phone reception in this park. You’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000) or use the Emergency + app.

    Prohibited

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Mount Kaputar National Park

    Contact

    • in the Country NSW region
    • Mount Kaputar National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

      • Narrabri
        (02) 6792 7300
        (02) 6792 4680 After hours emergency
        Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
      • 1/100 Maitland Street, Narrabri NSW. (Accessible via Dewhurst Street)
      • Fax: (02) 6792 1133
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    Nearby towns

    Narrabri (31 km)

    Explore Pilliga Forest to see salt caves, native flora and fauna, and bore baths, or enjoy camping and bushwalking in Mt Kaputar National Park. Mt Kaputar's summit offers magnificent panoramic views, and there's excellent cabin accommodation within the park.

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    Moree (85 km)

    Join a Heritage and Art Deco Guided Walk to uncover Moree's outstanding collection of period architecture. Wander along the main street of Moree which showcases heritage-listed buildings influenced by American, Egyptian, Greek and Spanish design practices. 

    www.visitnsw.com

    Barraba (126 km)

    Barraba is a birdwatcher's paradise - spot the rare Regent Honeyeater on one of the region's 14 bird routes, which have fine tree cover and good public access. There are plenty of great spots for bushwalking, such as through remnant rainforest in Mount Kaputar National Park.

    www.visitnsw.com

    View across landscape of Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary