"To spend time alone in the Australian bush is to experience our union with nature, it is powerfully reassuring." - Jack Thompson

Stock Route Wilderness

The Forbes Drovers

The Environmental value of stock routes

As a place of wilderness remnants, wildlife corridors and home to the rare and endangered, the Travelling Stock Routes of Forbes are a nature lovers delight.

Forbes is an important place of stock route conservation. A significant proportion of the remaining New South Wales stock routes lie in Forbes Local Government Area. Stock routes are publically owned and managed, once covering 2.27 million hectares in New South Wales, they have been reduced to just 740,000 hectares and are linked by 6,500 stock routes. Forbes boasts over 58,000 hectares of stock routes, much of which is covered in untouched wilderness.

Stock Routes have both important environmental heritage and value. They contain rare and endangered woodland vegetation, which has otherwise been largely cleared for sheep and wheat farming and an expanse of undisturbed wilderness.

Red Gums with metres of girth, year round gum flowers blooming in the crown and flocks of sulphur crested cockatoos watching down from tree tops, are just some of the natural treasures waiting for you on Forbes Stock Routes.

Travelling Stock Routes are recognised as vital wilderness corridors, enabling species to connect and breed between habitats. Wilderness corridors are a vital link to help native birds and animals cope with climate change, allowing them to move for water, away from fire and to feed on fresh vegetation.

Visitors to stock routes will hear the peaceful chirp and call of communities of nectar feeding songbirds. Many of the birds of the Forbes Tavelling Stock Routes are on the endangered list, including the Regent Honeyeater, Crested Bellbirds and Chestnut Rumped Thornbill.

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