Experience the vast, ancient and unique Pilliga Forest for yourself.
Situated in the heart of NSW, Pilliga Forest is a vast and unusual semi-arid woodlands that stretches over 3000 square kilometres, making it the largest native inland forest west of the Great Dividing Range. The forest has long been recognised as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in eastern Australia, as it is home to at least 300 native animal species and over 900 plant species. Pilliga Forest is also said to be the home of the Pilliga Yowie, kin to Big Foot…to discover whether this is fact or fiction, you’ll just have to explore the forest for yourself!
Sometimes called the Pilliga Scrub, the Pilliga Forest is made up of the Pilliga Nature Reserve, Timmallallie National Park, Pilliga West and East State Conservation Areas, making it one of the most unique and iconic landscapes of inland Australia. Rugged, surprising and awe-inspiring, this pocket of NSW is best explored by foot, by car or on a guided adventure.
PILLIGA FOREST CAVES
The Sandstone Caves are a must see when visiting the Pilliga Forest, although their position deep within the scrub means they usually go undiscovered. Explore the caves and uncover unique tunnels and formations that have evolved over many thousands of years, and look for grinding marks and sandstone artworks that indicate a history of Aboriginal habitation. There is a 2km looped walking track that circles the caves, while guided tours are also available for a more in depth exploration.
The Salt Caves are also worth a visit, and these days even offer a modern picnic area with barbecue facilities. As the story goes, these caves were once thirty metres deep, and salt hung like stalactites from the roof. Wild horses, wild cattle and kangaroos were often seen and local women collected the salt to cure their meat. Be sure to begin your adventure at the Pilliga Forest Discover Centre, which offers an in depth history of the forest.
SCULPTURES IN THE SCRUB
The Sculptures in the Scrub are a collection of four fascinating artworks located at Dandry Gorge. Developed by Australian artists Brett Garling, Col Henry and Ken Hutchinson and Aboriginal artist Badger Bates, the sculptures are each made from bronze, stone and stainless steel, the largest of which stands at 3.5m tall. The project was funded by the Gawambaraay Pilliga Co-management Committee, provides an opportunity for visitors to view some fine artwork against the beautiful and rugged backdrop of the Warrumbungle region. Explore the sculptures via the walking track, or take advantage of the free camping available to truly soak up with unique place.
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