Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar
Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar

Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar

During our journey west we planned to explore some of the National Parks along the way. Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar National Park was high on our list of places to visit. The park is located just 40km north of Narrabri in country NSW and is home to a spectacular columnar rock formation.

Sawn Rock Day Use Area

Sawn Rock Day Use Area

Sawn Rocks is a 40 metre high cliff face with an unusual honeycomb rock structure. The area was formed by two volcanoes more than 21 million years ago. The Basalt lava flow formed hexagonal columns known as ‘organ piping’.

Rainforest Plants National Park

Rainforest Plants National Park

The Sawn Rock picnic area is absolutely gorgeous! We parked the car and took a look at the information boards. The boards explained the history of the area and featured a map directing hikers to the Sawn Rocks viewing platform.

Mount Kaputar National Park Hike

Mount Kaputar National Park Hike

The hike was only a short 700 metre stroll along a wide tar pathway. There were seats along the way and more informations boards explaining the various flora and fauna.

The kids ran ahead whilst I took my time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Everything was so lush and green, even the smell of the bush was evocative and inviting. When we arrived at the viewing platform the rocks were even more amazing in real life than the pictures I’d seen.

Sawn Rocks Platform Viewing Area

Sawn Rocks Platform Viewing Area

Each of the columns looked as if they’d been painstakingly chiseled from the rock cliff. They were so perfectly formed it didn’t seem possible they could have been made in nature.

Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar

Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar

The second part of the hike takes visitors down to the creek bed below the cliff face. We descended the stairs and found more of the spectacular columns at the base of the cliff. These were columns that had fallen of the dramatic rock face.

Fallen Columns at Sawn Rock

Fallen Columns at Sawn Rock

We were all in awe of these stacked honeycombed rocks. We were able to walk right up to the rocks for a closer look, the kids even climbed on them as some of them had fallen in a way that made a perfect staircase.

Sawn Rocks Honeycomb rock formation

Sawn Rock Honeycomb rock formation

Brett took a picture of the kids sitting on this perfectly squared off piece of stone.  Organ piping structure occurs when basalt lava cools slowly. This slow cooling allows the individual crystals within the basalt to align perfectly. The rock then cools from the outside inwards which causes shrinkage fracture cracks that produce a hexagonal pattern.

Kids at Sawn Rocks National Park

Kids at Sawn Rocks National Park

Hexagonal rock formations from lava flows are not rare, but Sawn Rock Mt Kaputar is one of the best examples of this geological wonder.

Sawn Rocks from Creek Bed

Sawn Rocks from Creek Bed

We walked back to the picnic area and decided to make use of the BBQ facilities.  We were really impressed by the standard of facilities at the Sawn Rock Picnic area. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables. gas BBQ’s, well maintained composting toilets and beautifully landscaped native gardens.

Sawn Rocks Picnic Area

Sawn Rocks Picnic Area

There is no overnight camping in the Sawn Rocks picnic area but there are two camping area’s in Mt Kaputar National Park.  The first is Dawson Springs Campgound which is accessible to campers, vans and tents and also has cabins available to rent.  A more remote camping area is the Barkhut picnic area and campground.  Bark hut is located halfway up Mt Kaputar and has just 15 camp sites.

Mount Kaputar NP

Mount Kaputar NP

Sawn Rocks Mt Kaputar Picnic Area

Killarney Gap Rd
Narrabri NSW

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Comments

  1. Hi Julie, I enjoy reading about your travels, you guys sure know how to do it right. Beautiful pictures!

  2. Beautiful photos of National Park!

  3. What a beautiful place – thanks for sharing your photos.

  4. What a gorgeous place!! On a wet and rainy Melbourne day, I am absolutely hanging out to get outside. This looks like amazing place to visit!

  5. Looks like an awesome place. I’ve never been there before. There is always so much to explore in our own backyard.

  6. Wow such a spectacular formation. It reminds me a little of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. Stunning.

  7. Looks like a great place to explore! And sounds like you had a fun time. Love the pictures — thanks.

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