Start the day by soaking away your aches and pains in the 37-degree mineral-rich water of the Pilliga Artesian Bore Bath.
Since it was constructed in 1902, the Pilliga Artesian Bore Bath has become a popular recreational spot for swimming and camping. The therapeutic value of this water has long been recognised by locals and visitors who make regular pilgrimages to the Bath. Open 24 hours a day, relax in the Bath while enjoying the sunrise and serenity that Pilliga is known for.
Journey down Cypress Way 70km to Baradine, home to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre run by NSW National Parks and Wildlife. At the Centre you will discover the hidden secrets of the Pilliga Forest and stories of yesteryear alongside interactive displays on the unique flora, fauna and cultural heritage. The knowledgeable staff will also help plan your trip through the forest.
Head along No .1 Break Rd into the largest forest in NSW and discover the cultural delight, Sculptures in the Scrub. The magnificent sculptures were created by artists working with local Aboriginal Elders to showcase their history and culture. While wandering the Sculpture Trail, soak in the views of Dandry Gorge before descending into the sheltered oasis of Dandry Creek below. During spring and early summer, you will also be treated to spectacular wildflower displays throughout the Pilliga.
Explore the Salt Caves, where legend has it, the caves were once 30m deep, and salt hung in columns like stalactites from the roof. Take a break at the Salt Caves picnic area, which offers BBQs and toilet facilities. Hike up the escarpment to the Pilliga Forest Lookout Tower where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of a million wild acres.
Both the Salt Caves and Sculptures in the Scrub have camping areas for those looking to stay a little longer.
Stop for a late lunch or afternoon tea at Pilliga Pottery. Located 13km off the Newell Highway on the edge of the Pilliga Forest, Pilliga Pottery is home to the Blue Wren Café, which is well known for it’s woodfired pizzas and gelato. You will also find a pottery studio with workshops open to the public and a range of unique accommodation options.
Walk in the footsteps of the Gamilaroi people along the short 1.7km Sandstone Caves walking track. You’ll pass through scenic forest to the impressive sandstone hills, with some containing ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. Take some time to read over the interpretive signage for more of an insight into this special place.