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Mount Kaputar, the third peak from the left, is the range's highest peak.
|Elevation||1,508 m (4,948 ft)|
in New South Wales
|State||New South Wales|
|Type of rock||Shield volcano|
The Nandewar Range, a mountain range that is part of the Great Dividing Range, is located in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The range is situated approximately 30 km (19 mi) east of the township of Narrabri.
Location and features
The range is located on the western, inland, side of the New England region, and generally forms the watershed divide between the Namoi River and Gwydir River catchment basins to the south and north respectively. The Macdonald River starting south of Walcha drains west to Warrabah National Park where it changes its name to the Namoi then is added to by the Manilla River, Peel River and Mooki River. The Horton River runs north to the Gwydir. Both rivers together drain large segments of the Nandewar Range.
The eastern part of the Nandewar Range starts at the Great Dividing Range south of Uralla. As this is already in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales it is low, hilly and not particularly distinctive. The main road between Barraba and Bingara crosses the range. At its western end, however, the Nandewar Range culminates at Mount Kaputar, a complex of volcanic origin, from which spectacular views of the flat inland plains of New South Wales can be seen.
Small patches of rainforest mark the western limit of some tree species. The foothill areas of the Nandewar Range are used for grazing and cropping. There are forests in some of the higher areas. The Mount Kaputar area is included in Mount Kaputar National Park.
The range is occasionally dusted with light snow in winter.
The first is a volcanic plug called 'Ninghdoo' (pronounced locally as Ningy-doo) or 'Nungadhun'. The names Nandewar, Kaputar and Ninghdoo are the traditional Kamilaroi names for these features.
Mountains within the Nandewar Range include;
- Bushy Mountain, (1,260 m or 4,134 ft)
- Castletop Mountain
- Gins Mountain
- Grattai Mountain, (1,412 m or 4,633 ft)
- Mount Dowe
- Mount Kaputar
- Mount Lawler
- Mount Lindesay, (1,373 m or 4,505 ft)
- Mount Ningadhun, (1,373 m or 4,505 ft)
- Mount Waa
- Mount Yulludunida
- Round Mountain
- Hutton, Geoffrey (1981). Australia's Natural Heritage. Australian Conservation Foundation. p. 102. ISBN 0-85802-063-7.
- Mount Kaputar National Park Park Guide (1994). New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service.