West_cheelii2.JPG (46187 bytes)Pilliga Scrub: is a huge forested area in mid-western New South Wales . State Forests and a large Nature Reserve make up the Pilliga Scrub. The Pilliga is the largest native forest area in New South Wales . The vegetation is dominated by mixed Cypress Pine (Callitris) and Eucalypts. The White Cypress Pine (Callitris glaucophylla) is logged. The timber, from this species, is resistant to termites.
The Pilliga scrub is renowned for its amazing display of understorey plants. In spring the area becomes a blaze of colour with many Wattle species. They are complemented by other native shrubs such as Grevilleas, Westringias, Prostantheras and many daisies to name a few. At least 230 bird species call the Pilliga Home.  We would not advise visiting in height of summer as the temperature is rather high and unsuitable for either avian or botanical exploration.
A map, of the area, should be purchased from either the Forestry Office in Baradine or Coonabarabran Visitor Centre. The area is crisscrossed by a bewildering number of fire trails and getting lost, without a map, is possible.
Number One Break is a 30 kilometre fire trail that runs from Baradine to the Newell Highway . This is a gravelled, straight road that provides a cross-section of the Pilliga flora. Give yourself plenty of time to explore this fire trail. In the spring of 2005 we took three hours to traverse the 30 kilometres.
The Pilliga Scrub is situated roughly from Coonabarabran, in the south, to Narrabri, in the north and to the west of Baradine.
Either Coonabarabran or Baradine are the best staring points to explore this beautiful area. Remember to wear a hat and carry plenty of water.
These are some of the plants that call the Pilliga Scrub home: Acacia cheelii , Grevillea floribunda, Calotis cuneifolia, Allocasuarina gymnanthera, Calytrix tetragona and Westringia cheelii  (see image at beginning of the article). There are links to images and descriptions in our Plant section.