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According to legend, the Salt Caves were once thirty metres deep, and salt hung in columns like stalactites from the roof. Wild horses, wild cattle and kangaroos were often seen and local women collected the salt to cure their meat. The Salt Caves are an important Aboriginal site and are an excellent example of shelters used by the traditional Gamilaroi people.
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. For those looking to stay longer book a spot at the adjacent informal campground which has basic facilities and is suitable for tents, caravans and camper trailers.
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 to the north-east.
For a shorter stroll, take the 1 kilometre walk to Salt Caves Dam, a popular watering hole for the native wildlife and a great spot for birdwatching. Please note all plants, animals and rock features are protected.