Mount Kaputar

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Mount Kaputar
Mount Kaputar, New South Wales 2.jpg
Mountain peak
Elevation 1,508 m (4,948 ft)
Location
Mount Kaputar is located in New South Wales
Mount Kaputar
Mount Kaputar
New South Wales, Australia
Range Nandewar Range
Coordinates 30°12′53″S 150°08′43″E / 30.21472°S 150.14528°E / -30.21472; 150.14528Coordinates: 30°12′53″S 150°08′43″E / 30.21472°S 150.14528°E / -30.21472; 150.14528
Geology
Age of rock Between 17 and 21 million years ago
Climbing
Easiest route Drive

Mount Kaputar (1,508 metres) is a mountain near Narrabri in northern New South Wales. It is part of the Nandewar Range and has been preserved within the Mount Kaputar National Park. The mountain is a prominent landmark for travellers on the Newell Highway as it rises abruptly from the plains. It is claimed[who?] that on a clear day roughly one seventh of New South Wales is visible from the top of the mountain. In the cold of winter the mountain may receive a light dusting of snow.[1][2]

Access[edit]

The summit is accessible from Narrabri via a 57 km long, winding and narrow road that is partly sealed. Neighbouring Mount Dowe (also about 1,500 m elevation) contains various telecommunications broadcasting equipment and the large antenna is visible from the Kamilaroi Highway heading south towards Gunnedah.

There is a lookout at the top of the peak called Mount Kaputar Lookout. Nearby is the Governor Lookout and Eckfords Lookout as well as Dawson Spring with cabins, picnic tables and camping facilities.[3]

Mount Kaputar panoramic view from the summit viewing platform

Geology[edit]

Mount Kaputar is the remnants of an extinct volcano that was active about 18 million years ago.[3] Mount Lindesay was probably the centre of the volcano. The predominant vegetation on the mountain is dry sclerophyll forest.[3]

Flora[edit]

The main vegetation types are dry rainforests, dry eucalypt forests and heathlands. A sub-alpine zone known as the Kaputar Plateau forms an elevate area 1,350 metres above sea level.[4] Here the main vegetation type is open eucalypt forest dominated by snow gum, ribbon gum and mountain gum.[4] Below this down to 1,000 m above sea level the most common trees include the silver-top stringybark and rough-barked mountain gum.[4] Heath occurs in scattered patches where exposure to high winds and shallow soils inhibits the growth of larger trees.

Fauna[edit]

The mountain is home to a giant, fluorescent pink slug, which can grow up to 20 centimetres in length.[5] This pink subspecies of the red triangle slug is found only on this single mountaintop. The peak is an isolated habitat island on which endemic invertebrates and plant species have existed for millions of years.[5] According to a park ranger there are three species of cannibal snails on the mountain.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Snow on Mount Kaputar, Oz Forecast
  2. ^ Hutton, Geoffrey (1983). Australia's Natural Heritage (2nd ed.). pp. 102. Collins. ISBN 0-00-217297-6
  3. ^ a b c Mount Kapural National Park park guide.[brochure] New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. June 1994.
  4. ^ a b c "Mount Kaputar National Park: Native vegetation". NSW National Parks. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Ben Cubby (29 May 2013). "One will really amaze you, the other just eats his mates". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Dylan Stableford (30 May 2013). "Giant, fluorescent pink slugs found on mountain". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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