Instead of heading along the mainstream roads towards Mount Kaputar, we decided to head along a little known track from Barraba to the top of the mountain of Mount Kaputar. The Barrabra track is a locked trail and only 8 4wds per week are allowed to traverse this trail. While there is nothing hard about the Barraba track, you do need a real 4wd with a little ground clearance and you need to adhere to the conditions. The trail heads to some 1510 metres above sea level, so with a little rain or snow the track can be closed till further notice. Barrabra is a quaint little town with basic facilities, once boasting a host of mineral mines it sits quietly in western NSW. After obtaining the key and some local information regarding the Barraba track we headed some 45km west from town passing through working established properties and a few hobby farms along a selection of sealed and unsealed roads. Entering into Mount Kaputar National Park is via a gate which isn't locked, but will inform you of basic park information and regulations. It is even evident from here that this was volcano country with deep red soil and thick undergrowth that seems to thrive in these conditions. Starting here at around 400 metres above sea level and at the base of the mountain, the road surface can be pretty rocky, but by selecting 4wd low, it normally isn't a problem for most decent 4wds.
Mt Kaputar National Park is part of a volcanic skeleton of a once active volcano, which rises to the Nandewar Ranges and now provides a picturesque background for the residents and visitors of the North Western Slopes and Plains. The Nandewar Range forms remnants of a large volcanic complex built up by repeated eruptions during the Miocene Epoch, between 21 million to 17 million years ago.
A great place to explore for a few days as there are quite a few walks along designated tracks from 5 minutes through to over night hikes, what was great to see to was that there were some wheel chair friendly viewing decks too.
This is one place that should be on every ones must do list.