Orara East State Forest
The Forest Sky Pier won best New Tourism Development at the 2012 North Coast Tourism Awards, in 2015 Sealy Lookout won best tourism attraction and the State Forests of the Coffs won gold for specialised tourism services and in 2014 and 2015.
- Orara East State Forest Map [159 KB PDF]
Sealy Lookout is located within Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in Orara East State Forest. Sealy Lookout was originally developed for visitor use in 1968 when the local Lions Club installed barbecues and other facilities at the site. In 1970, during a tour marking the Captain Cook Bicentenary, the royal yacht Britannia docked in Coffs Harbour and Queen Elizabeth II visited the lookout to enjoy the panorama.
Forestry Corporation redeveloped Sealy Lookout in 2011, with the area now offering the Forest Sky Pier, improved parking facilities (including coaches), toilets, picnic tables, walking tracks and the adjacent Korora Lookout.
Sealy Lookout is open daily until dusk, and entry is free.
Forest Sky Pier
The Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout is a unique way to experience the Coffs Coast and mountain views. The Forest Sky Pier is located on an escarpment 310 metres above Coffs Harbour and only 9km from the city centre. It projects 21.6 metres beyond the original lookout and offers an expansive vista encompassing Coffs Harbour city, its foreshore and marina, Solitary Islands Marine Park, surrounding mountain ranges and the coastline far into the distance. On a clear day you can see 100km to the south. From Coffs Harbour, head north on the Pacific Highway for 5 minutes, then take the Sealy Lookout turn-off and follow the sealed road through hillside banana plantations and avocado groves to the lookout turn-off. The Forest Sky Pier is open daily for visitors, includes parking and toilets, is wheel-chair accessible and is free.
The Forest Sky Pier is an award-winning tourist destination, having won Gold in the 2015, 2013 and 2012 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards. The Lookout also achieved a Bronze award for best tourist attraction at the 2015 NSW Tourism Awards.
Korora Lookout is located within Bruxner Park Reserve in Orara East State Forest. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views up the coastline from the viewing deck, or simply listen to the sounds of nature from shaded "church pew" style seating. Korora Lookout is accessible via a short ridge-top walking track, which has its own amazing views. Visitor parking is on the Scenic Drive up to Sealy Lookout, just before the Sealy Lookout gates. Korora Lookout is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and entry is free.
Halfway Point Picnic Area
This small and shaded roadside picnic area features picnic tables and a fireplace.
Orara East State Forest walking tracks lead you through the wonder of a subtropical rainforest. Look for giant stangler figs, listen for the songs of the many fruit doves and if you're lucky, catch a glimpse of a bower bird. Tracks are maintained and sign-posted, and some sections include short, steep hills and a varying amount of steps. Some bushwalking experience is recommended. All walking tracks showcase beautiful rainforest flora and fauna.
Rainforest Loop Track
1.4km, 45 minutes duration, occasional steps
800m, 30 minutes duration, many steps.
2.9km, 1 hour duration, one way to Sealy Lookout
240m, 10 minutes duration, no steps
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- Important information when visiting state forests
- Call '000' in a bushfire emergency (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
- Total Fire Ban and Current Fire Danger Map (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
- Signs in State Forests
- Solid Fuel Fire Bans
Some State forests are declared for authorised hunting. Find out more about authorised hunting in State forests, including licensing and applying for permits.
Pesticide use This area is designated as ‘high public usage’ under Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Pesticide Use Notification Plan [PDF 3.83 MB].
Find out how to minimise the impact of your visit.