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

The Forbes Drovers

Mill & Bake Wheat

A visitors' guide to stock route wilderness

The trees and ecologies which are characteristic of the Forbes stock routes include the Red Stringybark, the Red Ironbark and the White Box-Yellow Box - Blakely's Red Gum.

How to recognise the Red Stringybark

The Red Stringybark reaches around 35 metres tall, topped with round crowns which bloom with white flowers in November to February. The Red Stringybark trunks are covered with a deeply fissured grey-red bark.

How to recognise the Red Ironbark

The Red Ironbark reaches around 25 metres and sometimes 35 metres in height, with flowers blooming in May to October in white, red or yellow. A blackish bark comes from its reddish resin deposits, known as kino. The bark can reach up to 10 centimetres thick. Kino was used by Aboriginal people to keep fishing lines from fraying.

How to recognise the White Box and Yellow Box ecology

White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Woodland is a critically endangered ecology found on the stock routes and is teeming with life. The large leafy trees provide food for insectivors and nectar feeding birds. These woodlands are home to the Superb Parrots, Regent Honeyeaters and Squirrel Gliders. Poa Tussock Grass, Kangaroo Grass, sedges, daises and lilies are found in the White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum understorey. The old trees with hollows and fallen timber, are an important habitat and refuge for wildlife within the ecology.

For more information on how to travel the Drover's Trail guided by Forbes Drovers, contact the Forbes Visitor Information.

Hook & Cook Carp

Endangered Bird Species encountered on the Forbes Travelling Stock Routes

There are many birds to be spotted in the Travelling Stock Routes, including some that are rare and endangered, which are worth keeping your eye out for. For the bird spotting enthusiast, try this list of bird species with online links to facts and photos, to acquaint yourself with birds of the stock routes before you embark on the Drovers Trail.

Regent Honeyeater
Brown Treecreeper Climacteris picumnus
Speckled Warbler Chthonicola sagittata
Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis
Southern Whiteface Aphelocephala leucopsis
Grey-crowned Babbler Pomatostomus temporalis
White-browed Babbler Pomatostomus superciliosus
Varied Sittella Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Crested Shrike-tit Falcunculus frontatus
Rufous Whistler Pachycephala rufiventris
Crested Bellbird Oreoica gutteralis
Restless Flycatcher Myiagra inquieta
Jacky Winter Microeca fascinans
Red-capped Robin Petroica goodenovii
Hooded Robin Melanodryas cucullata
Eastern Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis
Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata