Pilliga Guided Tours – self-drive

Guided tours of the Pilliga must be arranged prior to your arrival. You can arrange a self drive half day guided tour of Santos’ Narrabri Gas Project with a forest protector or a longer tour of the forest – see an example of an itinerary below.

A forest protector will reveal to you the latest developments of the Narrabri Gas Project. They will guide you through the forest on a maze of roads, and show and explain to you the infrastructure behind the gas industry. See the site of the old reverse osmosis plant which leaked, leaving a dead area in the forest. You will also see and hear the stories behind the flares, production wells, other spill areas and the controversial Leewood Waste Water Facility.

Pat Shultz conducts Pilliga and Leard Forest coal and coal seam gas three day Tag Along Tours. Other group or individual tours may be arranged. Call Pat Shultz 0428 725 852

These not for profit guided tours are designed to educate about the impacts of coal and coal seam gas mining.

Self-Drive 3 Day Tag Along Tours

Start the tour with a full tank of fuel.

Itinerary may vary. You can pick up or end the Tour at Narrabri or the Leard Forest.

Day 1
– stay at Pilliga Hotel or camp at Pilliga Bore Baths.
BYO drinking water to bore baths.
Spend some time soaking in the hot Pilliga bore baths.
Dinner at Pilliga Pub 6.30pm

Day 2
8.30am – Leave Pilliga township. Bring packed lunch, snacks, drinks, plenty of water, hat and sunscreen.
Gwagebar – Barnaby Joyce, MP for New England, has his ‘weekender’ nearby.
Baradine – visit Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, collect maps and leaflets.
11.30am – Travel 33 km on unsealed road 50 minutes.
12.30pm – Sculptures in the Scrub at Dandry Gorge – lunch and walk.
3.00pm – Leave Dandry Gorge for the Sandstone Caves, distance 90km and 1¼ hr travel time.
Stay at Pilliga Pottery. Pilliga Pottery offers meals and accommodation or camping.

You may drive up to 320km by the end of the day!!

Day 3

8.30am – Depart. Bring lunch, snacks, drinks, plenty of water, hat & sunscreen.
Guided tour of the coal seam gas fields. See the latest developments as well as drilling rig, production wells, flares, spill areas and infrastructure including the controversial Leewood Waste Water Facility.

Refuel at service station in Narrabri.

From Narrabri travel
North to Moree
South to Leard State Forest and Gunnedah.

For further information: Phone Pat Shultz 0428 725 852 Email: leardpilliga@gmail.com