Acacia pycnostachya (Bolivia Wattle) is restricted to NSW where it is known from only three localities on the New England Tablelands; Bolivia Hill (including Anketell Forest) and Bluff Rock south of Tenterfield, and a site on private land west of Tenterfield. The locations span a distance of approximately 50 km and contain a population of @5000 plants in total.
It was growing before white people came. It’s survived the early tree-cutters and farmers, bush fires, drought and hungry stock. It’s even survived the old sheep dip that was once nearby and the box tree growing underneath and through its canopy. And it will out-survive us, too I hope.
Until recently the wild horses in Australia’s national parks were culled. Nowadays a number of Brumby rescue organisations are capturing the horses in a humane way and then taking them to Brumby rescue reserves. These two beautiful fillies were born in the wild country of the Guy Fawkes National Park just east of Armidale.
Anketell Forest was featured on the coveted 3rd-to-last page in the Travel section of the Sydney Morning Herald on Sat 27th March, 2010. The journalist Craig was a friendly interesting fellow who really seemed to enjoy himself over the few days he was here.