Porcupine Reserve is located in Gunnedah, a town in north-eastern New South Wales. It's approximately a 5 hour drive from Sydney's central business district. Gunnedah may be known to some of you as the host of the annual National Tomato Day - although unfortunately this festival has not been run since 2015, the Big Tomato can still be viewed within the grounds of the Gunnedah Services & Bowling Club.
Porcupine Hill, also known as "Bindea" (an Aboriginal name meaning "place where Spinifex grass and shrubs with needles grow", was originally used as one of the many lookout-posts for the local Gun-ee-daar tribe of the Gomarol nation; it proved to be most useful with the hill overlooking the township of Gunnedah and the vast Breeze plains. Cumbo Gunerah (the red kangaroo) was one of the mightiest and most cunning fighters in this tribe, having led a much depleted band of warriors into battle against the fierce invading Cassillis tribe. Although outnumbered almost three to one, his successful feat against all odds insured the future of his people and the land he loved so dearly.
The Binea Walking Track that starts from the carpark area at Porcupine Reserve takes visitors through a beautiful stretch of Australian bush land, en route to Avards Lookout which provides stunning views of the Gunnedah township. The walk itself is relatively short, and very manageable, with gentle shops and well paved paths and stairs. Keep an eye out for the informational signs that are scattered throughout the track, as part of a self-guided tour for patrons on this walk.
The plant community that litters this track is mainly a mix of Tumbledown Red Gum and Motherumba wattle; both plants are adapted to the shallow, stony soils found on the higher parts of the reserve. Common amongst the lower shrubs are Yellow-berry Bush (its leathery leaves are able to withstand dry conditions) and Coughbush (its leaves curry-like smell discourages leaf-eating insects and animals).
Bindea Walking Track, in association with Gunnedah Shire Council.