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Salt Caves picnic area and Pilliga lookout tower

Pilliga National Park

Overview

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 look for birds, or a longer hike up to Pilliga Forest lookout tower.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Pilliga National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
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.

Work off your lunch with a hike up the escarpment to the Pilliga Forest lookout tower where you'll be treated to 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.

For a shorter stroll, take the 1km walk to Salt Caves Dam, a popular watering hole for the native wildlife and a great spot for birdwatching. The cave itself is an important Aboriginal site and is an excellent example of shelters used by the traditional Gamilaroi people.

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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Salt Caves Picnic Area, Pilliga National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary