Galore Hill Scenic Reserve, near Lockhart
It’s easy to see why Galore Hill Scenic Reserve is considered one of the most impressive landmarks in the Riverina. Situated just outside of Lockhart, the Reserve rises over 215 metres above the alluvial plains of the Murrumbidgee River, covering 500 hectares of thriving bushland. A special place to the traditional custodians, the Wiradjuri people ask that you visit respectfully, and enjoy the garray (land) and balugan (animals) and mayiny (people), past and present.
Birdwatchers and nature lovers delight! The Reserve is home to over 800 varieties of Australian native plants and a natural habitat for native flora and fauna including 140 different species of birds. Opportunities abound for photography, rock climbing, mountain biking and geology studies.
Sign posted scenic walks lead to spectacular vistas, with a short climb to the lookout tower on the summit affording panoramic views. Highlights include the family friendly Saddle Loop trail and the Morgans Caves Loop, where shallow caves were once used as refuge by the infamous bushranger, Daniel ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan.
A children’s playground rests beneath shady trees at the Saddle, while picnic facilities including free gas barbecues, shelter and toilets are available at both the Summit and the Saddle.
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