Pilliga Nature Reserve
The Pilliga is the largest area of continuous temperate woodland on the Australian continent. Nearly half of this birdwatching mecca – almost 2500 square kilometres – is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the rest by State Forests. Its cypress pines, ironbark and Pilliga box trees surround many Aboriginal campsites and some rock shelters, with engravings, rock art and stone implements. As always, do not disturb any items you find. Pick up a copy of ‘Bird Routes of Baradine’ and the Pilliga brochure from the visitor centre then go for a picnic with your binoculars at the ready. Keep an eye out for turquoise parrots, glossy black-cockatoos and koalas. You may also spot mallee fowl, red-backed kingfishers, diamond firetails, and even a rare regent honeyeater. Make sure you include the waterbird haven of Yarrie Lake on your tour.
During the school holidays, and at other times on request, you can join a five-hour tag-along Aboriginal Discovery Tour. Bush campers are welcome in the reserve, but there are no camping facilities.
Warrumbungle Visitor Centre: (02) 6825 4364comments powered by Disqus