Nature, culture and history
Grey-green brigalow contrasts with the red clay soils on the undulating eastern plains. Bonewood and softwood scrubs also occur on clay soil. Other soil types support different vegetation—poplar box on clay loams, silver-leaved ironbark on sandy soils, and open grasslands on basalt-derived black soils.
The Great Divide and range country is timbered with stunted eucalypts. Taller ironbarks and 'yellow jackets' also occur with a shrubby wattle understory. Bottle trees emerge above softwood vine scrubs.
Several springs seep from foothills and creek beds. These oases, lush with tree ferns and coral ferns, attract many birds including king parrots, figbirds and wompoo fruit-doves.
You might glimpse red-necked and swamp wallabies sheltering in thick understorey by day. Look for stocky dark wallaroos around rocky ridges and sandstone outcrops. The grunting calls of koalas can sometimes be heard along the escarpment.
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