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Salt Caves picnic area

Timmallallie National Park

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Pause at Salt Caves picnic area on your exploration of Pilliga Forest and Timmallallie National Park. After a barbecue lunch, take a short walk to Pilliga Forest lookout tower, or a longer hike up to look for birds.

Picnic areas
Please note

  • Rainwater is available at the picnic area, however you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.
  • It’s a good idea to check road conditions before setting out – contact Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre for up to date information 

Enjoy your lunch in the company of the birds at Salt Caves picnic area in Timmallallie National Park. It’s a scenic spot to pause for a picnic or barbecue on your exploration of Pilliga Forest.

Pilliga Forest lookout tower is situated just above the picnic area, and offers breathtaking views across the vast Pilliga Forest. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Warrumbungles to the south-east, and Mount Kaputar Park in the north-east.

Work off your lunch with a short 1km hike to Salt Caves Dam, a popular watering hole for the native wildlife and a great spot for birdwatching.  

Before you head out to the Salt Caves, get the low down on where to go at the award-winning Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, in Baradine.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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  • Aerial view of Salt Caves picnic area, Timmallallie National Park. Photo © Rob Cleary

    Salt Caves campground

    Salt Caves campground is a good base when visiting Timmallallie National Park and Pilliga Forest. Explore the nearby Salt Caves and walk up to Pilliga Forest lookout tower.

  • View of Pilliga Forest lookout tower from below. Photo © Jessica Stokes

    Pilliga Forest lookout tower

    Pilliga Forest lookout tower is in Timmallallie National Park near Salt Caves picnic area. It’s a great place to soak up sweeping views of the forest and distant mountain ranges beyond.


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