Baradine once had 12 timber mills, but these days it is known as the gateway to the Pilliga Forest. A visit to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, run by National Parks and Wildlife, is highly recommended for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

Before venturing into the Pilliga Forest buy a map and collect free leaflets and other information on the area. See the animals of the forest, watch interactive displays and discover the hidden secrets, history and Aboriginal cultural heritage of the Pilliga Forest. Check out the gift shop and art exhibitions in the room adjoining the main display.

Talk to rangers about directions, road conditions and camping. Before venturing into the forest, fill up with fuel, available during business hours only. Visit the IGA supermarket to ensure you have plenty of water and food.

When driving into Baradine you can’t miss the town’s magnificent Memorial Hall at one end of the main shopping street. Fidelis Ad Urnam translates as faithful to the urn (faithful until death).

Opposite is the Baradine Hotel which serves lunches and evening meals.

Further down the street a quirky café in the old picture theatre called The Embassy serves coffee and lunch. Continue driving down Wellington Street to the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre.