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A wild, remote and adventure-ready land of ancient forest; the Pilliga

The Pilliga Forest, situated between the towns of Coonabarabran and Narrabri, in north western NSW, offers a rugged, remote and iconically Australian landscape, not found anywhere else in the country. To accurately picture the vast size of the Pilliga Forest, think big; two Sydney metro’s big. Home to the largest native forest west of the Great Dividing Range, the Pilliga Forest consists of unmistakably beautiful Australian trees and bushland, encompassing about 5,000 square kilometres of public bushland with stunning sandstone gorges and wildlife. [caption id="attachment_7449" align="alignnone" width="1200"]Aerial view of road at Timmallallie National Park Long stretches of road that go on forever[/caption] With long straight roads like this that go on forever, this place reminds you that you’re deep in the wild, surrounded by an ancient land rich in Aboriginal culture and history.  Pilliga is the traditional Country of the Gamilaroi People and their connection to the land is visible throughout Country today.

A man looking at the Sandstone Caves in Pilliga Nature Reserve. Photo: Harrison Candlin/DPIE
Photo Information Pilliga Nature Reserve Harrison Candlin/DPIE, 2018 Standing in awe at the Sandstone Caves

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