From Dubbo I headed off on the Newell Highway and stoped in to the Sandstone Caves. This is not particularly well signed and is easy to miss. Parks prefer not to advertise it too much to protect the Aboriginal history in the area. Two special sites are located here. In one cave are groove marks where stone axes were sharpened on the sandstone. In another cave are rock art engravings of kangaroo and bird prints. Some estimates are around 12000 years old. Wonderful to see some aboriginal history preserved.
I finally made it in to Mount Kaputar national park. When I was in Tamworth a few weeks back the park was closed for a week for a planned burn. This meant postponing my visit till I could get back out this way again. I’m glad I did. The park is quite beautiful. The Dawsons Spring campgrounds were impressive with free hot showers, flushing toilets and electric barbeques all for $5 per night. The amenities were better than many of the caravan parks I’ve stayed at and had to pay 3 times as much.
I ended up staying for 6 nights. Spent the majority of my time studying business programs to reskill myself, eventually hoping for a career change in the new year. Eventually though I got myself out of camp and on to some bushwalking tracks.
I was very lucky it rained for a couple days as the low temperatures and cold make one of the special locals active. Pinky the slug came out for a feed. This slug is bright pink and only occurs on top of Mount Kaputar. Really very beautiful. I found 3 with not too much searching.
There were a few groups of nomads who passed through the camp during the week. I was invited on two different nights to dinner, with an incredible meal selection on offer. Travelling solo does have its benefits on occasion.
I also met Jim and Cheri again, the avid photographers I met at Barrington Tops. Jim was good enough to give me a play with his giant professional 400mm zoom lens. I had a pretty sore wrist after holding it for 5 minutes. The sharpness of the images I took were incredible.
I eventually headed off back to Narrabri where I took a short 20km drive to the Australia Telescope National Facility. Free entry to look around and see the telescopes move about. The dishes are hired by scientists worldwide to study radio waves from space.
I camped the night at Narrabri Showgrounds then headed on to the Northern section of Mount Kaputar to Sawn Rocks. This is where the famous organ pipes are. Very unique.