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Pilliga National Park

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A protected Pilliga Forest

The national park is a protected area of the Pilliga Forest, a 3,000 square kilometers area of semi arid woodland, gorges and sandstone outcrops and the largest such forest in New South Wales.  

A sea of wild flowers in Spring

The Pilliga Forest, or sometimes referred to as the Pilliga Scrub, in bloom. The forest is a sea of wild flowers in spring including wattles, native daises, flannel flowers and Darling peas.

The forest consists of over 900 varieties of plants species but in terms of trees, cypress pine dominates particularly in the west, with also she-oaks and eucalypts.

There are at least 40 native mammals and 50 reptiles that can be found in the park which remains a sanctuary for endangered mammals such as the Eastern Pygmy Possum and Pilliga Mouse.

First Lesson (Sculpture) - Pillaga Scrub
By Vivian Evans from Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia (First LessonUploaded by Mattinbgn) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Sculptures in the scrub

Overlooking the Dandry Gorge the ‘Sculptures in the Scrub’ are several bronze sculptures depicting the cultural heritage of the Pilliga region. This sculpture is entitled ‘First Lesson.’

Drop by the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre in Baradine to get directions and head to the campground and the ‘Sculptures in the Park’ walking trail. The camping ground has sheltered picnic areas, barbecues and toilets. The walk is 3 kilometers return. You are deep in the remote location of the Dandy Gorge so ensure you take water and supplies.

An important bird area

A 5,000 square kilometer area of this park and the Warrumbungle National Park have been declared an Important Bird area due to the important and sometimes endangered species that it supports.

The park consists of an enormous area and yet many of the points of interest have road access. The Pilliba Forest Discovery Centre at Baradine can provides maps and directions and help you plan your trip. Please do remember you are entering often remote areas that with changing weather conditions can be challenging so be prepared.