Town of Pilliga
The township of Pilliga owns its start to the early development of the timber industry. Pilliga was once an important centre on the Cobb and Co route, but today is renowned for its Artesian Bore Baths. The area has strong historical ties from the 1830s, when it was settled by the early squatters and to the 1950s when indian trader, Nabob Allem and his family based themselves in Pilliga and peddled their wares in a horse drawn wagon to the grazing families in the district.
Nabob Allan made quite an impression on the town, as is evidenced in an article printed in the Coonamble Times after his death, beginning "Nabob Allen died last Friday. And the people of Pilliga, HIS people, are mourning his loss. For Nabob Allan was the ‘King of the Scrub', ‘King of Pilliga', and unofficial Mayor".
Pilliga Bore Baths
Constructed in 1902 as a permanent town water supply after severe drought, the Bore has become a popular recreational spot for swimming. The therapeutic value of this mineral rich water has long been recognised by locals and visitors who make regular pilgrimage to the 37 degree pool to soak away their aches and pains. A roof coversthe pool area and it has lighting for night time bathing. Reacquait yourself with the recently renovated and improved Bore Baths. New facilities include an amenities block, camping and BBQ facilities.
The picturesque Pilliga Lagoons are a bird watcher's paradise attracting a high diversity of bird species including some coastal migratory birds.
A wander in the cemetery reveals a fascinating montage of the lives and trials of the past. Of particular interest are the rough-hewn graves of the Indian traders.
Pilliga Forest-"A Million Wild Acres"
Ever heard of the Pilliga Yowie? The Pilliga Forest, with its vast and unusual semi-arid woodlands spanning over 3000 square kilometres, is said to be the home of this Big Foot kin. Seekers are drawn from across the globe in search of this mystical (or is that mythical?) creature.
Yowie's aside, the Pilliga Forest has been long recognised as one of the most important areas for biodiversity in eastern Australia, home to at least 300 native animal species and over 900 plant species including cypress pine, ironbark, eucalypt, broom plains, and beautiful spring wildflowers.
The scenery within the Pilliga Forest is distinctly unique and making a trip into the scrub quite an adventure. As you drive across one of the many crisscrossed roads you may come across remnants of the past (chimney stacks, abandoned timber mills and a cobblestone road) and the future (gas wells).
From spring through to summer the Pilliga Forest comes alive with an abundance of native wildflowers which can be experienced on mapped tourist trails.
It is advisable to purchase a Pilliga Forest map from the Baradine Discovery Centre and Pilliga Gwabegar CTC Centres as there are 2,700 km of tracks through the scrub and although most are marked, it would be easy to take a wrong turn.
Birds are abundant throughout Narrabri Shire. Great bird watching destinations include Yarrie Lake, the Pilliga Forest, Pilliga Lagoons and Mt Kaputar National Park. Pick up a brochure at Visitor Information Centre, for a guide on what birds you may hope to spot in the different areas.