Nandewar Motor Inn
Corner of Newell Highway and Anne Street Narrabri NSW 2390, Narrabri, Australia
Used to be
This is situated on the main highway on the southern side of town before you get to the river.
It also hasn't been a Flag Motel since December 2004, the only one is in the middle of town.
With all ground floor units you'll have no trouble with stairs and it's sort of set in a figure 8 style.
It's one of the more popular motels in town though it's fair to suggest that some of the interior is looking a bit dated.
Unique Quality: It has all the basic stuff but no mini bar unless you're in the upmarket rooms.
It also has a pool that, in summer, you may find very useful as inland can get quite hot in Australia.
There's a restaurant as well where you my choose to have dinner or breakfast.
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Mt. Kaputar National Park
At 36,817 hectares, it's a biggie, though not on the scale of some of the outback National Parks.
17-21 million years ago (just before I was born) the area was very active, volcano-wise.
The Nandewar Shield Volcano was mainly composed of basaltic lava and, after millions of years of weathering, volcanic plugs from the central craters are left exposed.
In places the plugs are 700 metres deep and none are more dramatic than Yullundunida, a spectacular curved dyke, which rises up to 150 metres above the surrounding country. The information below comes from the National Parks and Wildlife Service:
Before becoming a national park the area of Mt Kaputar was used largely for grazing. Throughout the park you'll find remnants from the pioneering families who lived in extremely harsh conditions.
One such family were the Scutts who lived in the area above Kurrawonga Falls in a hut that still stands today. The Parry family (Mrs Parry and Mrs Scutt were sisters) lived near the Scutts but their hut was burned down in a bushfire in the 1950s.
Sheep and cattle grazed the plateau area up until the 1950s, with stockmen sometimes spending weeks at a time scouting around for their stock and keeping watch over them. It was a lonely life for these stockmen and sometimes months would go by without them seeing another human being.
History of the park
In 1925 an area of 775 hectares around Mt Kaputar was proclaimed a Reserve for Public Recreation. Two years later the local shire council gave control over to the Mt Kaputar Trust, which was a group of very interested and dedicated local people. This group gave advice and guidance on management issues within the reserve.
In 1959 the reserve became Mt Kaputar National Park but remained under the management of the trust. In 1967 the park came under control of the newly-established National Parks and Wildlife Service. A regional advisory committee now gives advice and guidance.
In 1965 two cabins were constructed providing accommodation at Dawsons Spring. A permanent water supply was provided and shower, toilet and picnic facilities built.
The Bark Hut site has been developed for picnicking and camping, including showers and toilets.
The Maya Connection
Some of the remnants of the volcanoes are spectacular, others are fascinating, some are hard to find and intruguing. The latter type is what I came across here. Beside a dried up stream bed the trachyte remnant of columnar jointing lay and my first thought was Maya. Tical, Tenochtitlan or Teotihuacan sprang readily to mind as I envisaged how a different setting would conjure up a different meaning.
An ancient temple to some long-forgotten diety, the steps to an emperor's throne, these were the scenarios I saw as I gazed in momentary awe at this fallen monument of nature. The extraordinary symmetry of this work in this unlikeliest of settings on a warm summer's afternoon held me temporarily spellbound. The promotional words of Australia's multi-cultural chammel SBS filtered through my brain - "The world is an amazing place."
I felt to touch it would be to degrade it in some way so I simply admired it with due reverence and walked away feeling inspired.
Most other visitors I imagine will simply brush past a piece a useless piece of rock that has no meaning. For those I feel sorry. I had an unforgettable 5 minutes of wonder.
Sawn Rocks II
This is a great place to wander around. You can relatively easily get to the top of the sawn rocks and there are some nice views to be had but just the fact of the cooling breeze wafting through your hair (or, what's left of it in my case!) and the flutter of the leaves as you gaze across at an eagle riding the thermals puts you at ease with the world. The rugged cliffs stand out as you come abreast of the area of the sawn rocks on your climb to the top. Very pleasing to the eye.
First views - Ningadhun
Ningadhun, the first significant plug you get relatively close to on your way to Mt. Kaputar and probably the first time you'll want to stop and get your camera out.
Do so, because it's one of the best views of this particular crag.
The Crater Walk
Yulludunida Crater walk:
4 km, 3.5 hours, difficult
This return walk begins at the Green Camp carpark and ascends 350m through whitebox woodland to the the base of the Yulludunida 'crater'. This crater is actually a ring dyke of volcanic rock. It formed when a plug of molten lava surged upward through a volcanic vent but collapsed back on itself before fully solidifying. The walking track winds its way up through the dry woodlands and ends at the base of the crater. From here, there are no marked routes to the summit of Mt Yulludunida, which offers magnificent views across the Western Plains. The remains of an old fence, built to control dingos in the 1930s, can still be seen running along the spine of Mt Yulludunida. The walk takes you up the left hand side of the large plug shown here.
Be warned, it is steep, as indicated by the length of time taken to walk a relatively short distance.
It says difficult but that doesn't make it impossible. Remember, always take something to drink with you.
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Address: Corner of Newell Highway and Anne Street Narrabri NSW 2390, Narrabri, Australia