Sandstone Caves of Pilliga National Park, NSW

20161002_114417The sandstone caves are not sign posted, as requested by the Aboriginal Elders, but it is easy to find. From Coonabarabran head north along the Newell Highway, drive approx 35 km and on your right you will see a dirt road called Yaminba Trail, follow it to you”ll see a carpark on the right. Contacting the Aboriginal Discovery Centre in Baradine or Coonabarabran information center for help with directions and road conditions.

The walk is an easy 2km loop track, Australian bush flowers and huge Xanthorrhoea australis (Grass tree/black boys) are scatted through the bush and following the path along to the caves. The caves are breathtaking, there are a series of cathedral caves and overhangs. High cliffs of sandstone in their natural formations the colours and patterns leave you staring in amazement.

The caves themselves are large open areas, you are able to enter to look around, keeping in mind this is aboriginal sacred land. From here looking out from the caves the veiw of the surrounding landscape and plains is amazing. A few of the caves have been  fenced off to protect the aboriginal rubbings, which are large rocks they used to sharpen their weapons and other rock art and engravings

Unfortunately our modern graffiti artist have no respect for this part of Australian history. The gated areas have gaps large enough to still get a few great pictures. This walk is a must see if in the Pilliga area, we spent hours wandering around in amazement of this natural beauty. The sandstone caves also have a picnic area and toilets, it was very hot and dry, so remember the sunscreen, water, insect repellent and your camera.

National Park web site – Here

Google Map – Here

GPS Coordinates -31.011362, 149.416144

 

Author: Andy and Trish

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