Awaba State Forest

Camping:No Walking track: Yes 4 wheel driving: Yes Designated cycling track: No Designated horse riding track: No Canoeing / Kayaking: No Swimming: No Fishing: No Accommodation: No Fireplace/BBQ: No Caravan site: No 2 wheel access: Yes Picnic area: No Toilets:No Wheelchair access: No Lookout: No Hunting: Yes

Hunter Tourism Awards Gold Winner 2013 and NSW Tourism Awards 2013 Finalist

South west of Newcastle on the NSW Central Coast, Awaba State Forest is bordered by Heaton and Watagan State Forests. The Great North Walk runs through Awaba State Forest.

Forests in this area have been harvested for timber for many decades – some for over 150 years. The forests you see today are regrowth forests which means they have been harvested many times over and grown back. Today's forest management practices protect biodiversity, soil and water quality and cultural heritage sites while also allowing for sustainable timber production. NSW State Forests – here today, here tomorrow. Find out more about sustainable forest management.

The State Forests of the Watagan Mountains (Awaba, Heaton, Olney, Ourimbah, Watagan and Wyong State forests) have won the Gold Award for Adventure Tourism in the Hunter Central Coast Tourism Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014, earning their place in the Tourism Hall of Fame. They also received a bronze award in the tourist attraction category in 2011 and won the silver award for adventure tourism at the NSW Tourism Awards in 2013.

Hunter Central Coast Tourism Gold Award Winner

Recreational facilities

Delta Force Paintball Newcastle


This is a commercial enterprise within Awaba State Forest. Delta Force Paintball Newcastle is privately operated and available for public bookings. For information, visit or phone: 1300 981 428.

Page last updated/reviewed:13 Jun 2017