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Pilliga Nature Reserve, NSW, Australia

Here a few photos taken at Pilliga NR. Pilliga NR is part of what used to be known as the "Pilliga scrub", an area between Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Pilliga and Wee Waa in inland NSW that contains the largest contiguous piece of bushland left in NSW outside the Great Dividing Range. Based on its hot and dry inland climate, it features various types of vegetation, including eucalypts, mulga and other small trees and shrubs (e.g. various species of wattles). The dominant type of bird habitats are sclerophyll woodland and scrub. The presence of Casuarina trees ("She-oaks") makes the area a home of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo. This park is notably different from the nearby Warrumbungle NP. We visited the Nature Reserve under the guidance of a NWPS officer in April 2009. Note that some photos presented on this website are available FOR SALE.

(See also Pilliga scrub.)

The Sandstone Caves in the Pilliga NR are a special place; with the help and consent of the local Aboriginal community, this great site has been developed for public access (the only part of the Pilliga NR that is open to the public)

Salisbury Waterholes in rainy weather (locally also referred to as "good" weather)

Salisbury Waterholes in drier conditions

Cymbidium canaliculatum ("Tiger Orchid") can be found in the park in considerable numbers

Glossy Black-Cockatoo

Superb Parrot; significant numbers of these birds are seen in the area when grass seeds are ripe, i.e. in late autumn

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