Barraba track

Mount Kaputar National Park

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Overview

For spectacular scenic views of remote volcanic mountains, steep Barraba track offers mountain biking, walking, and a 4WD tour in Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri.

Distance
8km one-way
Time suggested
1hr
Grade
Medium
Price

$10 fee for 4WD permit.

Entry fees

If driving, you’ll need to buy a vehicle permit to use Barraba track. Day use vehicle permits can only be bought online or by calling the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. You’ll receive the gate code in your confirmation email.

What to
bring
Sunscreen, hat, drinking water
Bookings
Bookings are required for vehicle entry. Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • 4WD use of this track requires a gate code and permit with very specific conditions which may affect journey time, routes and availability.
  • This track is closed during wet weather. Please check the park alerts for this track's status before setting out on your journey.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
  • Barraba track is a multi-use track and if driving you must proceed with caution. Please look out for oncoming traffic, bicycles and pedestrians.
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If you'd like to explore a quieter and more remote area of Mount Kaputar National Park, then Barraba track offers a unique scenic experience. Stretching from Dawson's Spring on the Kaputar Plateau to the secluded eastern boundary of the park, Barraba track passes through a series of strikingly different vegetation and drops 360 metres in elevation.

At the western end of the track, on the Kaputar Plateau, you'll find snow gums and towering mountain gums dominating the sub-alpine environment. As you approach the middle section of the track you'll see grass trees and lush tree ferns. And between the John Perry picnic area and the boundary of the park you'll discover stringybarks and blackbutts forming a tall, shady forest.

The impressive range of vegetation on display isn't the only highlight of Barraba track though. You'll also be treated to glimpses of the dramatic landscape of Mount Dowe and Lindsay Rock Tops through the trees.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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All the practical information you need to know about Barraba track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Very steep

  • Distance

    8km

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Some bushwalking experience recommended

Getting there and parking

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    Barraba track is in the Kaputar plateau precinct of Mount Kaputar National Park. Please note vehicle access to Barraba track is by permit and gate code only. You’ll receive the gate code in your permit confirmation email. To get there:

    From Narrabri:

    • Take Old Gunnedah Road, and turn left onto Kaputar Road.
    • Travel 27km to the park entrance, and follow the road up the mountain. Please be aware, it's a very steep, narrow and winding road.
    • At the T-junction, turn right and drive 250m.
    • The gate to Barraba track will be on your left. Please ensure your vehicle doesn't block the gateway.

    From Barraba:

    • Travel west on Trevallyn Road, and turn left onto Mount Lindesay Road.
    • Continue left on Mount Lindesay Road as it becomes an unsealed track to the park boundary.

    Road quality

    Barraba track is 4WD accessible only. Check the weather before you set out as the road to Barraba track can become boggy when it rains.

    Parking

    • There are no formal parking areas at either end of Barraba track.
    • At the north end of the track, the nearest available parking areas are at Dawsons Spring campground and Lindsay Rock Tops.
    • Informal parking is also available midway along Barraba track at John Perry picnic area .

    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

    • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
    • Firewood is not supplied and may not be collected from the park
    • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.

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    Safety messages

    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.

    • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.
    • This park or attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.

    Cycling safety

    Hundreds of cyclists head to our national parks for fun and adventure. If you're riding your bike through a national park, read these mountain biking and cycling safety tips.

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

    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 pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Learn more

    Barraba track is in Mount Kaputar National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A harsh lifestyle

    Scutts Hutt, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Ian Brown

    Several pioneering families lived in the Mount Kaputar area in extremely harsh conditions. Stockmen looked after sheep and cattle on the Kaputar Plateau, often going for months without seeing another person. Enjoy a walk to the historic Scutts Hut to experience the pioneers' harsh lifestyle. The Scutt family lived in the hut in the 1940s and 50s, and it has been carefully restored to its original condition. Most of the materials to build the hut and furniture were brought in by horse - even the rainwater tank.

    An ancient heritage

    Views from Eckfords lookout, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Mount Kaputar National Park is the traditional Country of the Gamilaroi Aboriginal people. The park provided a rich resource for food, medicines, shelter and weapons and the landscape is part of Dreaming stories. Reminders of the Gamilaroi's connection to this ancient landscape are evident in Aboriginal rock carvings, campsites, marks on trees and axe grinding grooves throughout the park.

    Colourful locals

    Pink Slug (Triboniophorus aff. graeffei), Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary

    Mount Kaputar is famous for a very unusual, colourful local - a bright pink slug. It can be seen after rain on rocks, trees and amongst the leaf litter. With birds from both the east and west meeting together at Mount Kaputar, the park is also a wonderful place to go bird watching. More than 185 bird species live in the park, so don't forget your binoculars. A torch will also come in handy for seeing some of the other locals that come out at night, including possums and greater gliders. And watch out for the many kangaroos and wallabies, too.

    • Dawsons Spring nature trail Dawsons Spring nature trail is an easy walk from Dawsons Spring campground in Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri. Great for families, you'll enjoy seasonal waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife spotting.
    • Euglah Rock walking track Ideal for walking with kids, Euglah Rock walking track in Mount Kaputar National Park leads to a lookout offering stunning scenic views of Euglah Rock and beyond.

    Action or relaxation

    Verandah of Logan cabin, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Simone Cottrell/OEH

    Mount Kaputar National Park is packed with walks, cycling and 4WD trails, plus plenty of scenic spots for camping and picnicking. Test your mountain bike legs up the steep Mount Kaputar Road to the Kaputar Plateau, or the challenging Barraba track. Enjoy a bite to eat at a serene picnic area before walking it off as you take in the stunning scenery. Don't miss the incredible Sawn Rocks formation. There's so much to see, why not book a cabin or set up camp for a few days to make the most of your country getaway.

    • Sawn Rocks picnic area Sawn Rocks picnic area is located at the start of Sawn Rocks walking track in Mount Kaputar National Park. It’s ideal for barbecues and picnics with scenic views of North West NSW.
    • Waa Gorge picnic area Waa Gorge is one of Mount Kaputar National Park’s most stunning attractions, and this picnic area offers enough sights to enjoy the show over a long lunch.

    Over 20 million years in the making

    Mount Kaputar, Mount Kaputar National Park. Photo: Ian Brown

    Two volcanos pushed Mount Kaputar high above the plains, and millions of years of erosion have carved a dramatic landscape of narrow valleys and steep ridges. Many of the mountains are ancient lava terraces. Experience ancient history for yourself by standing on Lindsay Rock Tops - an excellent example of a lava terrace. Or visit Sawn Rocks to see one of Australia's best examples of a spectacular rock formation called organ-piping - it really does look like a wall of giant organ pipes.

    • Bundabulla circuit walking track Bundabulla circuit walking track connects several walking tracks together. It offers a terrific bushwalking experience with places to picnic along the way and views of Mount Kaputar and surrounds.
    • Dawsons Spring nature trail Dawsons Spring nature trail is an easy walk from Dawsons Spring campground in Mount Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri. Great for families, you'll enjoy seasonal waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife spotting.
    • Doug Sky lookout Doug Sky lookout in Mount Kaputar National Park offers scenic views over north-west NSW and Warrumbungles.
    • Kaputar scenic drive Kaputar scenic drive is a 20km driving route through dramatic landscapes, with access to lookouts, picnic spots and walking tracks.
    • Sawn Rocks walking track This easy walk beside a shady creek bed leads you to a spectacular rock formation - the unique, organ-pipe cliff face of Sawn Rocks and scenic views.
    • The Governor lookout walking track Enjoy scenic mountain views over Grattai wilderness area from The Governor lookout walking track.
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    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Southern boobook. Photo: David Cook

      Southern boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)

      The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    • Closeup of a laughing kookaburra's head and body. Photo: Rosie Nicolai/OEH

      Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

      Of the 2 species of kookaburra found in Australia, the laughing kookaburra is the best-known and the largest of the native kingfishers. With its distinctive riotous call, the laughing kookaburra is commonly heard in open woodlands and forests throughout NSW national parks, making these ideal spots for bird watching.

    Plants

    • Wonga Wonga vine. Photo: Barry Collier

      Wonga wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)

      The wonga wonga vine is a widespread vigorous climber usually found along eastern Australia. A variation of the plant occurs in the central desert, where it resembles a sprawling shrub. One of the more common Australian native plants, the wonga wonga vine produces bell-shaped white or yellow flowers in the spring, followed by a large oblong-shaped seed pod.

    • Grass trees, Sugarloaf State Conservation Area. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

      Grass tree (Xanthorrea spp.)

      An iconic part of the Australian landscape, the grass tree is widespread across eastern NSW. These Australian native plants have a thick fire-blackened trunk and long spiked leaves. They are found in heath and open forests across eastern NSW. The grass tree grows 1-5m in height and produces striking white-flowered spikes which grow up to 1m long.

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