Mates Gully Travelling Stock Reserve is a Mugga Ironbark/Scribbly Gum/Red Box Shrubby Open Forest. Before European settlement this type of forest occupied 20,000 ha and the current area is 40-60% of this.
Mates Gully TSR has great displays of wildflowers in spring.
Look out for woodland birds and animals. You may see kangaroos, wallabies and smaller animals like echidnas, goannas and turtles. Closer looking will find insects and spiders.
Tracks are suitable for bicycles.
The northern section has received more grazing than the southern section. Notice the change in vegetation as you go through the fence from one to the other. There is more biodiversity in the northern grazed section than the southern ungrazed section.
From Wagga Wagga, head East on the Sturt Highway past the winery at Borambola. Look for the turn to the right onto Mates Gully Road. Drive south towards Tarcutta on Mates Gully Rd for about 8 km and look for the entry gate into the Travelling Stock Reserve on your left as you enter a forested area. Immediately on entering the TSR there is a dam on the right and the track curves around it.
The northern entry is at 35 deg 14' 54" S, 147 deg 40' 56" E (approx.).
Vegetation types and species in Mates Gully (whole area including TSR)