September tour – Friday 17th, Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th 2021
Armidale Branch NPA invites you to join Pat Schultz on a tag-a-long tour of the culturally and ecologically significant & wonderful Pilliga Forest. The proposed program is flexible and depends on numbers attending and weather conditions.
Thursday 16th September – If time permits it is most enjoyable to have a day at the Pilliga Hot Bore Baths prior to the tour.
Friday 17th September – Arrive at Pilliga village on Friday to camp & relax at Pilliga hot bore baths ($5) or stay in basic accommodation at a B&B & have dinner at the Pilliga Cafe.
Saturday 18th September – Leave at 8.30am to visit Yarrie Lake at risk from coal seam gas development. Drive through Pilliga forest to the Salt Cave & the Fire tower for expansive views across forest vista to Warrumbungle and Nandewar ranges. If time permits visit Gamaraay Sculpture Walk and possibly the Sandstone Caves. Stay at Barkala Homestay (Pilliga Pottery) where camping or share a room in unique accommodation is available and dine in the Blue Wren cafe.
Sunday 19th September – Leave at 8.30am to tour Santos coal seam gas fields & infrastructure, accompanied by a local Pilliga resident who will share their love and knowledge of Pilliga biodiversity and give an update on the controversial Narrabri Gas Project impacting on the forest, surrounding farmlands & the serious risks to the Great Artesian Basin For those with commitments the tour ends to allow travel home on Sunday afternoon or for those staying the accommodation is the same as for Saturday night.
Monday 20th September – For those who have more time, we’ll visit any destinations missed on Saturday or meet the Interests of participants, for example bushwalks and other related activities.
For further information please contact Pat Schultz on 0428 725 852 Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat will send out detailed information and a form to register, as bookings are essential.
Links: Barkala Homestay with Pilliga Pottery: http://www.barkalafarmstay.com.au
Pilliga bore baths : https://www.visitnarrabri.com.au/narrabri-directory/pilliga-hot-artesian-bore-baths/