Kerewong State Forest

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

Recreational facilities

Swans Crossing

Camping:Yes BBQ:Yes Picnic facilities:Yes Toilets area:Yes Walking tracks:Yes

About a 20 minute drive from Kew (halfway between Taree and Kempsey) is Swans Crossing. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this camping and picnic area in Kerewong State Forest is set on former farmland. The Swan family ran a dairy and beef property on the site for many years, including clearing the forest and establishing grasses for the stock. This continued until 1964 when the area became State forest. The area is now surrounded by regenerated native forest and hardwood plantations. Swimming is also popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. Longworths Tramway Heritage Walk is located a short drive away, with other walking trails leading off from the site. Caravans and Campervans are welcome, but no power is available.

Changes to authorised hunting

Some State forests are declared for authorised hunting. For more information about authorised hunting in State forests, including licensing and applying for permits, visit:


Staying Safe


Useful information

This area is designated as ‘high public usage’ under Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Pesticide Use Notification Plan [PDF 3.83 MB].

Signs in State forests
For your safety, you should pay attention to all signs in State forests. For a guide to common signs in State forests, visit:

Kerewong State Forest

Photographer: Rob Cleary

Kerewong State Forest

Photographer: Rob Cleary

Page last updated/reviewed:24 Jul 2012