Pilliga Bore Bath and Wetlands Walk

Thursday, 9th, Friday 10th of May 2013
The road from the Sculptures in the scrub to Baradine was dirt as well with heavy corrugations. We left the tyre pressure low until we got to Baradine, although the last few kilometres were sealed. We had a walk around the little township and checked at the newsagency what the road to Pilliga is like. About halfway sealed the rest is dirt, but fairly good condition. We decided to pump up the tyres in the middle of the town. I was certainly glad that thanks to the Anderson plug that I installed on the air compressor I was able to pump up all the tyres from a connection at the back of the LandCruiser.

All the same it is a time consuming exercise – Lesley managed to do the shopping at the local IGA supermarket as well as catching up with email and Social Networks after the stop at the Sculptures in the scrub without internet.

The road to Pilliga was indeed fairly good, travelling at speeds in excess of 60km/h even on the dirt road part.

The Pilliga Bore Bath is a well established bore bath. Indeed it has been operating since 1902. The warm water pours into a swimming pool sized pond at great pressure. The infrastructure has been improved thanks to the ‘Economic Stimulus Package’ during the economic downturn a couple of years ago.

After establishing ourselves, we ventured to the baths and I enjoyed the experience. Especially the high pressure inlet directed to the back of my neck seemed to improve my problems with a nerve that has been giving me problems down my left arm.

We noticed a sign advertising a wetlands walk, starting close to the bore bath. We decided to check this out on Friday morning.

The camping area allows camping for free [CAW6 NSW #395]. It is a large area where you can choose your spot. We managed to camp at the fence line, bordering a cattle property.

The caravan looks fairly clean in this photo, but the colour of the tyre cover (should be black) indicates the amount of dust collected on the dirt roads.

Our nearest neighbour pointed out an Emu grazing close to the fence. The guy talked in Swiss German and I went over for a bit of a chat.

On Friday morning we left for the Wetland Walk after Lesley started to cook a silverside in a dream pot.

I am not 100% sure, but I think the creek that runs towards Pilliga is mainly fed by the bore bath outlet. What a difference water can make. While the scenery is very dry, along this creek, the water changes it completely. I especially enjoyed spotting various birds along the creek.
(Lesley’s Photo – a spoon bill)

(Lesley’s Photo)

(Lesley’s Photo)

(Lesley’s Photo)

There were numerous gates along the way. I assume they are to keep the horses, cattle etc in their respective owners’ fields.

An inquisitive donkey is watching as we pass by.
(Lesley’s Photo)

(Lesley’s Photo)

But the main attractions for me were the birds.
(Lesley’s Photo)

(Lesley’s Photo)

Spinnifex?? were gathering along the fence line.

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