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Pilliga Nature Reserve

Overview

Pilliga Nature Reserve was created in December 2005. It covers an area of 80627ha. For detailed park and fire management documents, visit the OEH website.

Highlights: The Pilliga Forest is the largest remaining native forest on the Australian continent. Nearly half the Pilliga forest is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to protect this unique area including the habitat of declining woodland bird species and a large koala population.

Activities: Follow the bird route through the Pilliga Forest to observe some of the 240 bird species recorded, including barking owls, turquoise parrots and other threatened species. Enjoy the many forest drives. Picnic facilities are available at the Salt Caves. The Sandstone Caves are a special place for the Gamilaraay people and a good place to experience Aboriginal culture. Directions to access the Sandstone Caves are required as the area is not sign posted (at the request of Aboriginal Elders). The best way to experience the Sandstone Caves is on an Aboriginal Discovery guided tour.

Access: Located between Narrabri and Coonabarabran on the Newell Highway, the Pilliga forest has a complex system of tracks and roads. It is recommended that advice is obtained before visiting the area. Many roads in the area are unsealed and poorly marked. Prior to your visit, contact the Baradine office between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, for further information and directions.

For information on visitor attractions and facilities in this area, visit the Pilliga National Park webpage.

These maps give a basic overview of park attractions and facilities, and may not be detailed enough for some activities. We recommend that you buy a topographic map before you go exploring.

Contact

  • in the Country NSW region
    • Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre
      (02) 6843 4011
      (02) 6843 1370 After hours emergency
      Contact hours: 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. 10am-5pm weekends. (closed Christmas Day)
    • 50-58 Wellington St, Baradine NSW
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