Mid western NSW is jammed packed with history, destinations and camping. On a recent trip we decided to explore several areas of interest that included traversing the Barrabra Track to Mount Kaputar, the Pilliga Forest and down to the infamous Wurrumbungles. We knew that by heading west in winter it would be rather cool, but this defiantly adds to the excitement.
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.
The entire park which has an area of around 51,000 hectares has been classed as a wilderness area, and it is easy to see why. The park is home to a number of endangered and vulnerable plants and animals,and around every corner gives way to a new selection of forests, from several old growth forests, valleys of grass-trees to some of the most westerly rainforest in NSW.