We hit the tourist info to grab some local maps and info about the national park before heading up into the Sawn Rocks area, where took a nice stroll out to the organ like pipes of Sawn Rocks.
After wandering in here for a while we headed down to the other section of the park and started to the climb (driving) to the Summit of Mt Kapatur, stopping at the vantage points along the way. With the temps climbing we didn’t venture onto the longer walks and opted for a few shorter walks at a few different points along the way before we made it to the top. The view is quite spectacular and it was a bit of shame that some of the smoke and haze from the fires further out west near Pillago had created a hazy horizon as on a clear day you can see up to (apparently) about 30% of NSW.
We lunched at a lovely little picnic spot – Dawsons Spring just down from the summit and then headed back down the mountain and out to the CSIRO Compact Array telescopes about 25km out of town. Coming back down the mountain and heading west saw the temperature climb to 40+ degrees with a lovely westerly hot breeze to boot. Unfortunately the visitor centre at the telescopes were closed but you still get a great view of the scopes and the information boards are very informative.
The scopes are part of a larger array including the Coonabarabran, Canberra, Parkes and Sydney. As like the Parkes scope some of the work they do helps to stay in contact with the astronauts on the ISS.
From the scopes we headed out to Yarrie Lake, which due to the water levels had been closed to boating activities and a few days prior had had an outbreak of blue green algae so swimming wasn’t recommended either. The whole camp area was virtually deserted.