West Kaputar Rock Lookout Rises From Ashes

After sustaining significant damage during the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, the West Kaputar Rock Lookout near Narrabri has been resurrected and is now ready to welcome visitors.

Three people in sunhats standing on West Kaputar Rock Lookout platform admiring the view and the blue sky in the distance

The $72,000 reconstruction project involved the replacement of the original wooden platform with a durable steel structure to improve longevity and accessibility of the boardwalk and lookout.

During the 2019–20 bushfire season, wildfires burnt through approximately 20,000 ha of Mount Kaputar National Park (MKNP), damaging many elevated walkways, bridges, fences and viewing platforms, including the West Kaputar Rock boardwalk and viewing platform.

Contractors fabricated, constructed, and installed the new West Kaputar Rock boardwalk and viewing platform in the same location as the original structure. Works were undertaken within the existing footprint to protect the park’s unique flora and fauna, including the giant Mount Kaputar pink slug (Triboniophorus aff. graeffei).

The new boardwalk and lookout are easily accessible for people of all ages and abilities, including those in wheelchairs.

Planning a visit to Mount Kaputar National Park this Easter? Take part in a nature stroll with one of our amazing NPWS rangers. The Dawsons Spring nature stroll will be run over the Easter long weekend daily from Friday 29 March to Sunday 31 March 2024 from 10 am to 11.30 am.

A NPWS ranger will tell you about the fascinating volcanic history of Nandewar Range and how this rugged island of wilderness supports unique species like the Kaputar pink slug. The walk is a combination of wooden walkways and bitumen track on a relatively flat surface, suitable for all fitness levels. To book, visit the Dawsons Spring nature stroll webpage.

Quotes attributed to NPWS Ranger Louisa Andersen:

‘The West Kaputar Rock lookout is a firm favourite amongst visitors, offering panoramic views of Mount Kaputar National Park’s rugged wilderness.

‘It was a priority for us to replace this lookout as it provides such a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the landscape and appreciate its dramatic views.

‘We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to this area of the park in coming months.’

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