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Dawsons Spring campground

Mount Kaputar National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Dawsons Spring campground.

Getting there and parking

Dawsons Spring campground 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 from the park entrance for 20km of steep, single-lane road until you reach the T-junction, where you turn right.
  • The campground is at the end of the road

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • 4WD required in wet weather

Parking

Parking is available at Dawsons Spring campground.

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.

Winter

Experience the mist surrounding the high plateau area and enjoy the beauty of the occasional blanketing of snow. Be prepared for the temperatures about 10°C cooler than in the nearby town of Narrabri.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

21°C and 35°C

Highest recorded

43.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

7°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-5.6°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

188mm

Facilities

Water is available, however you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.

Amenities

Toilets

  • Non-flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (bring your own firewood)
  • Fire rings (bring your own firewood)

Carpark

Showers

  • Hot showers

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Camping safety

Whether you're pitching your tent on the coast or up on the mountains, there are many things to consider when camping in NSW national parks. Find out how to stay safe when camping.

Fire safety

During periods of fire weather, the Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service may declare a total fire ban for particular NSW fire areas, or statewide. Learn more about total fire bans and fire safety.

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 and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - hard

Prohibited

Gathering firewood

Firewood is not provided and may not be collected from the park.

Generators

Generators are not permitted in this campground.

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Dawsons Spring campground

Park info

Lookout, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary