Sandstone Caves in Pilliga Forest

Wednesday, 8th May 2013
We wanted to stay overnight at the Sculptures in the scrub in the Timallallie National Park. But on the way we wanted to check out the Sandstone Caves walking track. This walking track is less than one kilometre off the Newell Highway, but there is no sign towards it. There is a sign but all it says is Yaminba Trail. I think they don’t really want to encourage too many visitors. It certainly is worthwhile to take the dirt road to the start of the walking track. Take it slowly and you will not have any troubles getting there.
(Lesley’s photo)

(Lesley’s photo)

The track itself is well maintained, actually it looks like it was fairly recently established. There are a few steps to climb up and down.

I don’t know what I was expecting. I was completely surprised by the sheer size of the sandstone cliffs.

The patterns worn into the sandstone over thousands of years are amazing.
(Lesley’s Photo)

The size of the overhangs are incredible. Look at Lesley as a comparison to the cliff.

Further along the track we get to caves that have bars to prevent vandalism. These caves have Aboriginal markings, such as the grooves created by sharpening stone axes.
(Lesley’s Photo)

In this photo you can see engravings of Emu and Kangaroo footprints. It’s amazing to think that these were created thousands of years ago by the Gamilaroi people.
(Lesley’s Photo)

It is not only the caves that are interesting; the whole area is interesting.
(Lesley’s Photo)

It is difficult to give justice to the caves in photos. All the same here are some more of my impressions.

On top of the sandstone rock, you can see for miles across the Pilliga forest.

Along the path I noticed these incredible spiderwebs, engulfing plants.

If ever you are in the area I think you should take the time and the effort to walk along this magnificent area. To find out more check this link.

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