As we travel along this road, you are in the Pilliga or Billarga Scrublands. Pilliga is a Gomaroi word for swamp oak. Recognised as one of the iconic landscapes of inland Australia, the Pilliga Forest, is the largest forest in the state west of the Great Divide.
The Pilliga Forest is also home to plenty of mammals (kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and bettongs) as well as reptiles and frogs. More recently, some of this area has become a refuge for Australia’s threatened species. The hard work and collaboration of the Australian Wildlife Collaboration and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is protecting the future of the Greater Bilby, Western Quoll, Western Barred Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Bettong, Bridled Nailtail Wallaby and the Plains Mouse
You are approaching a turn off to the right that will take you to Dandry Gorge. If you have a couple of hours to spare, you could take this road and enjoy a relatively easy 3 km return walk along the rim of a quiet gorge. The walk will take a couple of hours. Signboards provide interesting stories and Aboriginal legends, about the willy wag tails, bush tucker information and a story on Bilirr the glossy black cockatoo.
Keep your eyes peeled, as all can be found along this very pleasant walk trail are some colourful gorge/escarpment cliffs and information on ancient ceremonial and other sites important to the local Aboriginal people.