Galore Hill Scenic Reserve

Galore Hill Scenic Reserve
Views from Morgans Caves
Galore Hill in Spring
Information Signs
Free Gas BBQs

Galore Hill Scenic Reserve is one of the most impressive landmarks in the region, rising over 200 metres above the surrounding plains. 

It is a very special area and as such the Wiradjuri people ask that you come here respectfully and enjoy the garray (land) balugan (animals) and mayiny (people) of this place.

Covering over 500 hectares of thriving bushland, Galore Hill provides a natural habitat for a wide variety of native flora and fauna including grey kangaroos, echidnas and 140 different species of birds.

Over 850 different varieties of Australian native plants grow here and in springtime Galore Hill is a colourful array of wattles, grevellias, hakeas and flowering eucalyptus.

A lookout tower on the Summit affords 360 degree, panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Folklore has it that Galore Hill is indebted to early settler Henry Osborne for its unusual name. It is said that, after climbing to the top, Osborne shouted to the world: There's land enough and galore for me.

Signed walking tracks take in the caves of infamous bushranger, Daniel 'Mad Dog' Morgan's. These caves were used by the bushranger as a refuge from the authorities.

An entertaining children's playground rests beneath shady trees at the Saddle, while BBQs, picnic facilities and toilets are available at both the Summit and the Saddle.

Modern History

The area that now accounts for Galore Hill Scenic Reserve was formerly a Forest Reserve under control of the Forestry Commission.  In 1912 the area was let for a grazing lease to a local resident.  The Council strongly opposed the granting of the lease at the time.

It wasn't until 1968 that the Council gained control of an area of 376 hectares, and this was proclaimed as a Recreation Reserve under the care, control and management of Lockhart Shire Council.  Upon gaining control of the land, Council immediately took action to ban all stock from the area to encourage the regeneration of native plants that were seriously depleted due to intense grazing over the years.

At this time, the local Rotary Club expressed its interest in developing the Reserve as a scenic tourist attraction and picnic area.  Council worked with the club to develop an access road to the Summit, picnic facilities, walking tracks and steps to Morgan's Caves.  

In 1978 approximately 200 hectares was added to the Recreation Reserve under control of Lockhart Shire Council.  Immediate restoration works commenced and levee banks were constructed to restore and protect the degraded bushland.  These works were to take a number of years and were carried out by Council when money and resources were available.

In 1973 Council received funding to help with the construction of the lookout tower on the top of the Summit.  A geodetic station used by the Lands Department was relocated to the top of the tower to allow for sightings from the base of the hill.  1976 saw the construction of one large and two small dams within the Reserve to provide water for local fauna and firefighting purposes.

In 1977 an important milestone took place in the first planting of Australian native trees and shrubs that do not grow naturally on the Reserve.  This was to be the first of many arboretums established since then and for which the Reserve has received acclaim for during the ensuing years.  Also that year saw the installation of a cattle grid and building of an ornamental gateway with local stone at the main entrance to the Reserve.

The Galore Hill Reserve Advisory Committee was established in 1980 and consisted of citizens who had volunteered.  The Committee held no authority or responsibility, but served purely as an advisory body.  In 1981 a Civic Testimonial dinner was held for the former Shire Engineer, Frank Prichard.  A brass plaque proclaiming the plantations at the Reserve to be known as "Frank Prichard Arboretum of Australian Native Plants" was unveiled to acknowledge his works and efforts in association with the plantations.

In January 1981 overseas botanists from the 13th International Botanical Congress attended the Reserve to inspect the plantations.  Since then the plantations have been studied by local schools, community groups and by students and staff of Charles Start University.

In 1983 Frank Prichard established and financed the Galore Hill Trust.  The Trustees of this trust were authorised to use the income from this fund for improvements and maintenance of the Reserve with emphasis placed on the tree plantations.  Over the years substantial improvements and additions to the Reserve have been achieved with money from this Trust.

In 1987 the Council submitted the Reserve for the NSW Tidy Towns Competition and it was awarded first place for the best Native Bushland Area in Category B.  A major new plantation was established in 1987 as a Bicentennial project.  Two hectares were thinned and fenced-off and approximately 650 native trees were planted.  The vast majority of these trees were eucalypt species, which provide the favoured food of koalas.  It was envisaged to introduce koalas into the area when the plantation has reached a suitable size.

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Galore Hill is situated approximately 13kms north of Lockhart via the Lockhart Kywong Road.