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Mount Kaputar National Park encompasses the Nandewar Ranges, once a complex elongated shield volcano, now a rugged mountainous region that are the remnant from a series of volcanic eruptions that moved through the area between 17 and 21 million years ago. Over millions of years, erosion carved the landscape that we known as the Nandewar Range, a dramatic escarpment of lava terraces, volcanic plugs and ring dykes.

At 1,510 metres above sea level Mount Kaputar forms the highest point, whilst the national park itself demonstrates many outstanding examples of landforms associated with volcanism. These include the remains of numerous tiered lava terraces such as Lindsay Rock Tops and those south of Bundabulla and Eckford’s Lookouts. These show phases of volcanic activity, while the Governor, Ningadhun, Euglah Rock and Camels Hump demonstrate the processes of erosion whereby individual features of volcanism have been isolated. One of the most spectacular of these is Mount Yulludunida, a circular set of dykes.

One of the significant geomorphological site in the national park is Sawn Rocks. This name is given to one of the best examples of columnar jointing in Australia. The site is located in the northern part of national park and is geologically significant for its well-preserved pentagonal columns of trachyte. Sawn Rocks demonstrates the formation of parallel, prismatic columns that are formed as a result of uniform contraction during the slow and even cooling of a trachyte flow.

The national park protects a variety of plant communities that include semi-arid woodlands, wet eucalypt forests and subalpine heaths. It also provides a haven for a number of threatened animal species and is renowned for a unique pink slug that often appears after rain. Eastern Grey Kangaroo call the park home and can usually be seen especially if you are staying at the cabins or camping overnight.

For more information visit the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service - Mount Kaputar National Park website.

Source: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services - Mount Kaputar National Park.

Mount Kaputar National Park - Snapshots from Australia

Eucalypt on-route to Mount Kaputar National Park © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Eucalypt on-route to Mount Kaputar National Park.

Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Grass Tree) on the Mount Yulludinida Track © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Grass Tree) on the Mount Yulludinida Track.
Yulludinida Walking Track to the base of Mt Yulludinida © Ausemade Pty Ltd

Yulludinida Walking Track - this track takes you some 350 metres, as it winds it way through whitebox woodland and to the base of the Yullludunida crater. This so called 'crater' is not actually a crater, but a ring dyke of volcanic rock that formed when a plug of molten lava surged upward through volcanic vents, that then collapsed back on itself before solidifying. From the base of the crater, there are no marked routes, but the experience bush walker can work there way up the rock face to the summit of Mount Yulludunida. From here there are spectacular views across the western plains to the the town of Narrabri.

View across from Mount Yulludunida © Ausemade Pty Ltd
View across from Mount Yulludunida.
Summit of Mount Yulludunida © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Summit of Mount Yulludunida.
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Grass Tree) on the Mount Yulludinida © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Grass Tree) on the Mount Yulludinida.
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