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Pilliga Nature Reserve

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Pilliga Nature Reserve was created in December 2005. It covers an area of 80627ha. View the detailed park and fire management documents.

Highlights: The Pilliga Forest is the largest remaining native forest on the Australian continent. Nearly half the Pilliga forest is managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to protect this unique area including the habitat of declining woodland bird species and a large koala population. Other species that live here include eastern pygmy possums, swamp wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, red-necked wallabies, barking owls, squirrel gliders, and the south-eastern long-eared bat. 

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, barbeques and toilets are available at Salt Caves picnic area in nearby Timmallallie National Park.

The Sandstone Caves are a special place for the Gamilaraay People and a good place to experience Aboriginal culture. Take a short walk along Sandstone Caves walking track.

Access: Located between Narrabri and Coonabarabran on the Newell Highway, the Pilliga forest has a complex system of tracks and roads. It's recommended that you seek advice before visiting the area. Many roads in the area are unsealed and poorly marked. Before you visit, please contact Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre for information and directions.

For more 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.