Dawsons Spring, Mt Kaputar National Park, NSW
Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:8 November 2016
Nestled within the eucalyptus forests and misty environs of the spectacular volcanic rock formation that is Mt Kaputar, the Dawsons Spring area serves as the ideal base from where to explore the many scenic delights of the Mt Kaputar National Park.
Average Winter Temp: 19°C
Average Summer Temp: 32°C
Traditionally inhabited by: Gamilaraay and Deriah people
Developed by the Park management as one of the two camping grounds within the National Park, the site is home to comfortable cabins as well as campsites for travellers who prefer the alfresco experience.
A number of picturesque walking routes originate from Dawsons Spring, offering the city-weary traveller welcome doses of fresh air, cool breezes, and glimpses of a thriving natural ecosystem at its best. Embark on the Dawsons Spring nature trail, the Bundabulla Circuit Walk, or the climb to the Mt Kaputar Summit. Witness the magnificent juxtaposition of lush greenery and rocky terrain unique to the Mt Kaputar National Park. Observe kookaburras, wedge-tailed eagles and snow-chested kangaroos going about their lives as if the manmade world beyond the Great Dividing Range didn’t even exist.
Lava terraces, morning mists, spectacular sunset views, Aboriginal rock art, and well preserved biomes…there is much to see at the Mt Kaputar National Park. Wander and explore to your heart’s content, and join fellow travellers at Dawsons Spring to barbecue, stargaze, exchange stories, and convert your stay into a true wilderness escape.
Attractions & Activities:
- Bird Watching
- Wedge-tailed Eagle Spotting
- Bush Walking
- Nature Trails
- Landscape Photography
- Mt Kaputar Summit
- Doug Sky Lookout
- Governor Lookout
- Lindsay Rock
- Eckford Lookout
- Bundabulla Lookout
- Horsearm Lookout
- Sawn Rocks
Caravan Parks / Accommodation:
Caravans are not permitted within the Mt Kaputar National Park. Travellers can choose to pitch a tent at the Dawsons Spring campsite, or rent one of its comfortable cabins. Caravans can either be parked at the Sawn Rocks parking area (technically within the Park but accessed from the Killarney Gap Road), or taken to any of the following caravan parks in the immediate vicinity.
Highway Tourist Village & Caravan Park
A well-equipped complex with cabins, caravan sites and tent sites, the Highway Tourist Village & Caravan Park has an easily accessible location on the Newell Highway in Narrabri. With its shady trees, manicured lawns, and abundance of tourist-friendly facilities, the caravan park makes quite an impression. Its caravan sites are powered and shaded, some even provided with ensuites. Perks include a camp kitchen and barbecue area, a solar heated swimming pool, a playground, and Wi-Fi all around!
$35/night for 2 persons, powered sites with common facilities; $15 per extra person
$47/night for 2 persons, powered ensuite sites; $15 per extra person
(Cabins and tent sites also available; tariffs for tents start at $33/night; tariffs for cabins start at $69)
Narrabri Motel & Caravan Park
An affordable, pet-friendly option for caravanning tourists, the Narrabri Motel & Caravan Park offers a series of ensuite cabins and drive-through caravan sites (both powered and unpowered) just off the Newell Highway. Facilities include toilets, a swimming pool, a camp kitchen and barbecue area, as well as a kids’ playground.
$35/night for 2 persons, powered drive-through sites; $10 per extra person
$25/night for 2 persons, unpowered sites; $10 per extra person
(A variety of cabins and motel rooms are also available; tariffs available on motel website)
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
In addition to the sites listed above, a number of affordable motor inns and with caravan parks are cropping up along the Newell Highway in Narrabri. Travellers can also find free RTA rest areas along their caravanning routes with the help of the NSW Roads & Maritime Services interactive map.