Upgrades unveiled at Sealy and Korora Lookouts

Visitors to Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest will be able to enjoy better and safer access to the Gumgali Track to Korora Lookout, more parking and upgraded toilet facilities from this weekend, with significant upgrades to the area being completed this week.

Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Strategic Projects and Programs Leader Justin Black said the upgrades were needed to cope with the area’s increasing popularity.

“We’ve completely transformed Orara East State Forest over the past five years by installing the award-winning Forest Sky Pier and an accessible undercover picnic area at Sealy Lookout, creating a new viewing platform at Korora Lookout and developing the unique Gumgali Track that tells the story of Gumgali the black goanna through sculpture, street art and sound,” Mr Black said.

“As well as the scenic lookouts, walks and picnic areas that have made Sealy Lookout famous, we’ve also developed a great partnership with Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, who now run regular cultural showcases in the forest and a Nyanggan Gapi (Perfect Coffee) van on weekends.

“We have just won the Australian Interpretation Award for Gumagli Track, Sealy Lookout is a finalist for the NSW Tourism Awards this year for the 5th time and the area has proved so popular that visitor numbers have more than trebled and continue to grow every year, so we needed to improve basic facilities to cope with demand and give our visitors a really positive experience.

“While we’re really just upgrading the basic facilities, we’ve been able to incorporate some nice finishing touches, including stamping artwork developed local artist Yowa, who was involved in creating the spectacular street art mural along the Gumgali Track, along the new separated path to the Gumgali Track.

“We thank visitors for their patience during the work and encourage people to pay us a visit to check out the upgrades.”

For more information about cultural showcases or the Nyanggan Gapi (Perfect Coffee) van, visit Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation.

Media contact: Elizabeth Fowler 9407 4265/ 0408 779 903