Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre

Pilliga National Park

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The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is the best place for visitors and tourists to collect information about the Pilliga Forest before setting off on their adventure.

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Opening times

9am to 4pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.

Please note

Start your exploration of Pilliga Forest at the award-winning and wheelchair accessible Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre. Located in Baradine, known as the gateway to Pilliga Forest, the Discovery Centre is an ideal place to drop in.

Pilliga Forest is a large and diverse outback landscape. To make the most of your visit, it’s a great idea to drop by the Centre to pick up maps, seek advice from friendly staff, and find out about guided tours, as well as which are the best birdwatching routes.

Interactive displays will give you your first taste of this dramatic landscape and inspire you to get out there and explore. This first ‘walk in the forest’ will reveal plants and animals, and Aboriginal cultural heritage - Pilliga like you’ve never seen it before. You’ll often find art exhibitions from local artists and other cultural contributions to the community taking place here.

The centre is architecturally designed and environmentally sustainable, making it the tourism centrepiece of the region. It boasts a conference room which is open to the public for hire, making it a great place if you’re looking for somewhere unique for a private function.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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All the practical information you need to know about Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre.

Getting there and parking

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is located at 50-58 Wellington Street, Baradine.

To get there from Narrabri:

  • Travel south on the Newell Highway for 71km
  • Turn right at the Baradine exit onto No.1 Break Road and travel 30km (unsealed road, 2WD accessible weather permitting)
  • Turn left onto Indians Lane Road and continue to Baradine
  • Arriving in Baradine, cross the bridge and turn left onto Narren Street towards Coonabarabran
  • Following the signage to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, turn right onto Wellington Street. The Discovery Centre is 320m on your left.

To get there from Coonabarabran:

  • Take the Baradine Road from the intersection at the Poplars Motel and travel 45km
  • When you reach Baradine, continue past the oval and school then turn left onto Wellington Street
  • The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is 320m on your left.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


There's street parking outside Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

You may experience a great range of temperatures on any day in the park. In summer it's generally hot in the daytime and temperatures often exceed 40C. In winter nights can be very cold, but you can enjoy clear sunny days. Rainfall is also highly variable, ranging from drought to prolonged wet periods, with the average annual rainfall around 600mm. Creeks may quickly become impassable after heavy rain.

Summer temperature


15°C and 35°C

Highest recorded


Winter temperature


2°C and 21°C

Lowest recorded



Wettest month


Driest month

June to September



  • Flush toilets

Drinking water

Step-free access

There is step-free access from the street parking to the main entrance of the Discovery Centre along a concrete ramp that goes over the curb and a pebblecrete pathway.

Inside, the Discovery Centre is wide, open and all one level.

  • Step-free main entrance to the building
  • Step-free outdoor pathways

Accessible doorways

The main entrance has an automatic sliding door.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).


Disability access level - easy

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is flat and step-free, with easy access for wheelchairs, prams, mobility scooters and people with reduced mobility.

There is:

  • A concrete ramp that goes over the curb to provide wheelchair access from the street parking to nearest pathway
  • A flat, pebblecrete path that leads to the main entrance of the Discovery Centre. 
  • An automatic sliding door at the main entrance
  • Flat wide, open space inside the building with easy access to the displays
  • Specially designed accessible toilets



Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.


NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Learn more

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is in Pilliga National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A bird watcher’s paradise

Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, Pilliga Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

Pilliga Forest is a mixture of eastern and western climates, making it very attractive to birds – more than 230 species have been recorded. You’re bound to see some of that range during your time at the park, and if you keep a close eye out and bring some binoculars, you’re definitely see even more. Pilliga is one of the few places left in NSW where you can catch sight of the grey-crowned babbler. It’s a bird that lives in family groups and roost together in domed nests of sticks. Other birds you may see include glossy black cockatoos, brown treecreepers, regent honeyeaters, barking owls, and red-capped robins. For more information about great bird watching opportunities in Pilliga, be sure to pick up a copy of Bird Routes of Baradine from Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre.

  • Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre is the best place for visitors and tourists to collect information about the Pilliga Forest before setting off on their adventure.

Aboriginal culture

Sculpture in the Scrub, Pilliga Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

Pilliga is traditional Country of the Gamilaraay People and much evidence of their ancient connection to the land exists in the park today. On your exploration of the park, you may see stone tools, grinding grooves, modified trees, and rock art. Find out more about the Gamilaraay People and their ancient culture on a guided tour of Sandstone Caves, a place containing Aboriginal rock art and engravings.

Marsupials territory

A forest view in Pilliga Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary

Pilliga Forest supports a vast number of mammals, including swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, and eastern pygmy possums.

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