Doing a Google search on Stackpoole State Forest is not the most rewarding research task I have ever undertaken.
I mean, I know where it is, but I thought that I would check up to see what the landowners think of it. You know, find the Plan of Management, find a map, find some history for the site. But no, nothing. A brief mention in the NSW Government Gazette from this year about the reserve being open to shooting game animals, but that is all.
But there is evidence, on the ground, of logging and perhaps milling and certainly evidence of grazing. None of this has happened for some time, and the land has had a chance to go on growing old in its own time.
Mixed woodlands like this one are becoming so much more rare with clearing pressures for agricultural lands. The mixture of old growth mallee, cypress, melaleuca and Bimble Box makes an enchanting little forest. All the usual suspects for mixed woodland birds are present, and following on from rain, the flora is magnificent.
There are no facilities there. And perhaps it is illegal to camp, but the urge to do so was too strong. So we did. The quiet stillness of the autumn night was wonderful. No night birds unfortunately, but we cant have it all.
If you are in the area, check out Stackpoole. 25 km north east of Goolgowi (which is 50kms north of Griffith NSW). You’ll be pleased that you did.
June 26th, 2008 - Posted in Places to Visit | |