Gilgandra Flora Reserve: is situated six kilometres off the
Newell Highwaybetween Gilgandra and Coonabarabran. The turn-off, to the Reserve, is about eight kilometres from Gilgandra.
The Reserve has an area of 8.5 hectares (21 acres) and is both north and south of the
Flora Reserve Road.
The Flora Reserve bulges at the seams with interesting plants. Phebalium nottii is an attractive, pink-flowered plant that is grows in the Reserve. Calytrix tetragona is a medium shrub that is common in the Reserve as is Allocasuarina gymnanthera. The seeds, of this She Oak, provide a food source for the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo. A species of Dianella (Flax Lily) also grows in the Reserve (see image).
We visited the Reserve in spring 2005 and were very impressed by the range of plants protected in the Reserve. Grevillea arenaria subsp. canescens was of particular interest. The “normal” Grevillea arenaria is a tall, spreading shrub. The Reserve subspecies is a small shrub, reaching height of one metre, with prominent red flowers.
There are picnic tables, shelters, barbeques and toilets in the Reserve.