Looking for that sense of achievement that comes with a million-dollar view? Climbing Castletop Mountain, adjacent to Mt Kaputar National Park, near Narrabri, is the pinnacle of a refreshing weekend of bushwalking, peace and luxury accommodation right on the footstep of the Nandewar Ranges.
At 1100m with 360 degree views, Castletop is a workout but well worth the effort when you’re comfortably accommodated at Craigdon. The track to the top is an old fire trail, graded and simple. The walk requires a considerable level of fitness as it is a significant climb. The ascent starts at the dog fence, erected over 80yrs ago. As you push yourself along you will ask yourself “why didn’t I stay at the house, reading the paper and simply looking up at the mountain?” Gradually though, you find your rhythm, and before you know it, you’re at the Big Rock, the unofficial designated first stop, where you can rest, boil a billy, share an orange and recoup.
The track zig -zags, climbs and levels until you reach the plateau. Enjoy lunch as you take in the stunning 360 degree views to Lightning Ridge, Moree, Gunnedah and Rocky Creek. Descending is surprisingly easy and fun with your arrival back at Craigdon the highlight, perfectly timed to enjoy something icy cold, put your feet up and catch the sun setting over Castletop.