Goonoo Forest and Coolbaggie Nature Reserve (Route 2)
A large forest with areas of dry woodlands, scrub and mallee. It is the single largest remnant forest in the area (~100,000ha).
The forest contains extensive Ironbark and Grey Box woodland, with areas of Allocasuarina/Casuarina and Red Stringybark. In the west, Coolbaggie Nature Reserve contains Green Mallee areas.
Some great birds can be found here including Gilberts Whistler, Yellow-plumed Honeyeater (in flowering Green Mallee), Malleefowl, Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Variegated Wren and is a good spot for cuckoos in the spring.
Access information and facilities:
Dry weather only. There are some rough trails (ironstone ridges), dry-bogging areas (sandy) and vegetation encroaching on roads in some areas, so 4WD or AWD vehicles are recommended. Do not access immediately after rain.