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Mount Kaputar
Mount Kaputar.jpg
The view west from the top of Mount Kaputar
Elevation 1,508 metres
Location New South Wales, Australia
Range Nandewar Range
Coordinates 30°12′53″S 150°8′43″E / 30.21472°S 150.14528°E / -30.21472; 150.14528Coordinates: 30°12′53″S 150°8′43″E / 30.21472°S 150.14528°E / -30.21472; 150.14528
Age of rock 18 million years
Easiest route Drive

Mount Kaputar (1,508 metres) is a mountain near Narrabri in northern New South Wales. It is part of the Nandewar Range and has been preserved within the Mount Kaputar National Park.

Mount Kaputar is located in New South Wales
Mount Kaputar
Location in New South Wales

The mountain is a prominent landmark for travellers on the Newell Highway as it rises abrutly from the plains. It is claimed that on a clear day roughly one seventh of New South Wales is visible from the top of the mountain. In the cold of winter the mountain may receive a light dusting of snow.[1][2]

The summit is accessible from Narrabri via a 57km long, winding and narrow road that is partly sealed. Neighbouring Mount Dowe (also about 1,500 m elevation) contains various telecommunications broadcasting equipment and the large antenna is visible from the Kamilaroi Highway heading south towards Gunnedah.

There is a lookout at the top of the peak called Mount Kaputar Lookout. Nearby is the Governor Lookout and Eckfords Lookout as well as Dawson Spring with cabins, picnic tables and camping facilities.[3]

Mount Kaputar is the remnants of an extinct volcano that was active about 18 million years ago.[3] Mount Lindesay was probably the centre of the volcano. The predominant vegetation on the mountain is dry sclerophyll forest.[3]

Mt Kaputar panoramic view from the summit viewing platform


See also

References

  1. ^ Snow on Mount Kaputar, Oz Forecast
  2. ^ Hutton, Geoffrey (1983). Australia's Natural Heritage (2nd ed.). pp. 102. Collins. ISBN 0002172976
  3. ^ a b c Mount Kapural National Park park guide.[brochure] New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. June 1994.

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