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Mount Kaputar National Park ~ Images of Australia
Located approximately 580 km north-west of Sydney, between the towns of Narrabri, Boggabri, Barraba and Bingara, is Mount Kaputar National Park. The park encompasses the mountainous region of the Nandewar Ranges, an area of some 36,816 hectares. This popular national park reaches 1,510 metres above sea level and provides some magnificent views from the summit as well as a number of lookouts throughout the park.

Mount Kaputar towers above the surrounding Western Plains of New South Wales, Australia. Protected as the Mount Kaputar National Park, this area is a rugged island of wilderness, it is 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 into the Nandewar Range, leaving behind the dramatic escarpment of lava terraces, volcanic plugs and ring dykes, and at the peak of the range is Mt Kaputar.

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

View of Euglah Rock on the descent from the summit of Mount Kaputar © Ausemade Pty Ltd
View of Euglah Rock on the descent from the summit of Mount Kaputar.

Eckfords Elevated Walkway - Eckfords Lookout - the raised walking track helps protect the fragile herbfields. There are views across the southern part of the park and to the plains beyond. This herbfield acts as a soak for the water that runs off the southern face of Mount Dowe. The high water table of the herbfield and the harsh exposed condition is unfavourable area for any trees and shrubs to grow, in contrast to the drier conditions of the forest further up. The herbfield is very sensitive to disturbance and can be easily damaged if walked on. The lookout is also a popular spot for watching Wedge-tailed Eagles soaring on the thermals. The Bundabulla Circuit connects Lindsay Rock Tops and Eckford Lookout.

Eckfords Lookout - Mount Kaputar National Park © Ausemade Pty Ltd

Eckfords Herbfield - This open herbfield is acting as a soak for the water running off the southern face of Mount Dowe, and saturating the thin soil. Notice how moist and lush this open grassy area is in comparison to the forest further up the rise. The herbfield is also catching much of the soil and nutrients eroding from the higher slopes.

The high water table of the herbfield is unfavourable for trees and shrubs to grow. Only the low growing herbs can withstand the high water content and harsh climatic conditions of this exposed cliff top. The herbfield is very sensitive to disturbance and can easily be damaged by heavy footprints, so lease stay on the walking track to protect this unique and interesting area.

Don't for get to look out for Wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) which may be hovering above you in search of prey in the open herbfields. The surround forest offers the eagles shelter and nesting sites, as well as an ideal viewing platform for spotting unaware ground-dwelling animals.

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

Eckfords Lookout Herbfield

Herbfield on the Eckfords Lookout - Mt Kaputar Lookout © Ausemade Pty Ltd
Herbfield on the Eckfords Lookout.

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