Road Tripping the New England Highway Australia between Barraba and Tamworth is like the most devious tourist trap that Australian geography has chanced to throw up. Visitors are pretty much guaranteed to love the fact that the road is overrun by kangaroos at dawn and dusk – locals, on the other hand, grumble about the number of motor accidents they cause. Park My Van Reviews:
If you’re headed out this way, make sure to swing by Mt. Kaputar. The enormous Kaputar National Park sits ringed by and dominates the pastoral landscape of New England’s “sunburnt country.” Depending on your route you might need to navigate an unsealed road or two to get there, but once you do you’ll find an enormous playground for bushwalking, camping and exploring.
Geological formations, fauna and micro-climates vary throughout the park. I’ll leave it to others to explain how all the science actually happens, but suffice to say that this was my third visit to the park and each time I’ve experienced the surrounds in wildly different ways – clambering up the crest of a shield volcano in the rain; hiking up a quiet creek that winds itself around the base of basalt piping pillars at the Sawn Rocks formation. But however you experience the park, it's definitely worth the drive.
There are plenty of quiet towns around the park where you can learn more about the fossicking, cattle and bushranging that has historically happened in the area. If you’re in need of a night in a bed indoors, the Playhouse Hotel in Barraba is one of the best in Australia, and has a restored country cinema and art gallery on-site.
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