Four wheel driving and trail bike riding
Forestry Corporation maintains an extensive network of roads and fire trails throughout its forests. These serve a practical purpose - allowing access for timber harvesting and for protecting the forests from summer bushfires. But the roads also conveniently provide a host of exploration opportunities for people with four-wheel drives or trail bikes.
You can pick and choose: get away from everything, or take a more structured approach and follow some of the major routes to scenic spots in the forest. Some Forestry Corporation maps and brochures recommend special forest drives.
All terrain vehicles (ATV) or quad bikes cannot be used in State forests. Conditional registration of ATV or quad bikes is not considered full registration and does not permit their use in State forests. For information on conditional registration of ATV or quad bikes visit the Roads and Traffic Authority website.
Four-wheel-drives and trail bikes are welcome in State forests, but please remember to stick to defined tracks to avoid damage and erosion. Please remember to drive cautiously, as forest roads are unsealed, can be narrow and winding in places and may become slippery in the wet.
Remember that these roads are also used by logging trucks and other forest visitors. Other heavy equipment such as excavators, bulldozers and graders can be encountered in the forest at any time so always drive at a speed which will allow you to stop if you meet any other vehicles.
Rules of the road
All the normal rules of the road apply to driving in State forests. Drivers and riders should understand that if you are driving in State forests:
- Your vehicle must be registered
- You must be a licenced driver or motorcycle rider
- You must wear safety equipment as required by law.
Before you visit
Take a look at important information when visiting state forests for tips on safety and sustainable recreation.
Remember, permits are required from Forestry Corporation for commercial activities and most organised events in State forests.