Exploring Sawn Rocks, Narrabri NSW was really something else. We felt like tiny creatures walking around the bottom of what felt like a giants world.
Hidden in the Mount Kaputar National Park is the mind blowing rock formation, infamously known as Sawn Rocks, Narrabri NSW. We were in absolute awe at this natural phenomenon as we walked around the base of the rock face amongst the giant broken pieces.
Many people compare the structure to organ piping, because it really does look like a massive wall of giant organ pipes. But I likened the broken pieces on the ground to humungous bits of honey comb.
Accessing Sawn Rocks is a via a 30-minute drive from Narrabri or a 50-minute drive from Bingara in rural New South Wales, Australia.
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Sawn Rocks Narrabri
What the Heck are Sawn Rocks?
What we know today as the Sawn Rocks formation are pentagonal basalt pipes, which are the sheered off remains of a basalt lava flow. This lava came from a 21 million year old volcano called Nandewar.
The pipes, that are a whopping 40 metres high, are the result of the slow and even cooling of molten rock. Possibly the most fascinating outcome is how perfectly the individual crystals lock in with each other.
You’ll feel like you’re in the ancient ruins of a lost city!
As you walk about in the Bobbiwaa Creek below the cliff face, you will literally walk around the giant slabs that have fallen into the creek bed over thousands of years.
If you look down, you’ll notice that there are more fractures in the rocks underneath your feet, that match the shapes on the cliff face. It’s believed that these octagonal shapes go down into the earth for up to 60 metres!
Walking to the Rocks
Getting to the rocks is an easy walk alongside a shady creek bed, filled with eucalyptus trees, figs and wattles. Unfortunately a fire had come through not long before we arrived, so it was pretty sparse, but we could easily imagine how beautiful and green it usually is.
The walk from the carpark is 750m one way and takes about 10 minutes. The whole track is wheelchair-friendly, which leads you right down to a viewing platform, looking over to the Sawn Rock Narrabri formations.
If you follow the path along a little further, there’s a staircase that leads you right down into the riverbed where you can fully explore the broken shards that scatter the base of the Sawn Rocks.
Best Time to Visit Sawn Rocks
Although the rock formations are incredible anytime, the best time for photos is after midday. That way the sun will be shining directly onto the rock face and you won’t have to contend with shadows.
- AUTUMN – Offers the best temperatures with the days averaging around 25℃;
- WINTER – Cold but beautiful and misty with the chance of snow. Expect temperatures to be 10℃ cooler than Narrabri, just down the road, around 7 – 18℃;
- SPRING – Enjoy the flowering plants and abundance of birds with temperatures in the mid to high 20’s;
- SUMMER – You can expect the days to be around 25 – 35℃, so pack a water bottle, hat and suncream.
🚽 Drop toilets
🌯 Picnic shelters with tables & chairs
♨️ Gas BBQ (FREE)
🚙 Car park (accessible with any vehicle)
♿️ Wheel chair access (all the way down to the viewing platform)
🚶🏻 Walking track
Sawn Rocks Location
You’ll find the carpark for the Sawn Rocks formation in Mount Kaputar National Park, just 29 minutes (38.7km) from Narrabri in rural NSW. See map below.
You can also visit Sawn Rocks from Bingara, which is where we were camping. The drive takes about 50 minutes.
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