Kids – what sounds more exciting. Sitting inside, in the dark, staring at a computer screen. OR playing in nature, enjoying the sun, spotting lizards, snakes and frogs – maybe even koalas, and uncovering relics of the past? We know what we’d pick!
The Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre should be your first stop, before heading into the Pillaga National Park. The centre tells stories of yesterday as you learn about the environment and area through interactive displays and technology. You can even “walk in the forest” and discover the Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Then, you can get out and enjoy the Pillaga National Park! The forest spans more than 500,000 hectares (that’s a lot of walking!), and features over 2,000km of trails just for you!
If you want to explore the Sandstone Caves, you can take a guided Discovery Tour. This will fascinate with the history of the Aboriginal site in the area, and the people’s connection to the land.
As you walk or drive, make sure you keep an eye out for the local wildlife – they might come over to say hi! There are the rare barking owls (did you know owls bark? We didn’t!), and the sweetly named malleefowls. You might even spot the families of koalas who recline and dine on the eucalyptus trees which are found all over the area.
Love those scaly critters? Try and track down the snakes and lizards (but not too close to the snakes!) who will be more likely to pop their heads out in the warmer months. The frogs, like the crucifix frog and the water-holding frog come out after the rain.
If you see a Shingleback, just be careful. They aren’t poisonous but they do have a strong bite!
Now…doesn’t that sound more exciting!?