Orara East State Forest
Some State forests may be closed on high fire risk days. Please check the latest fire information www.rfs.nsw.gov.au before visiting NSW State forests over summer, and contact the closest Forestry Corporation office www.forestrycorporation.com.au/about/contact-us for up-to-date information about forest closures.
The Forest Sky Pier was awarded Gold in the 2012 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards for New Tourism Development and received a bronze award for the attraction in 2013.
- 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, and the area now offers improved parking facilities (including coaches), toilets, picnic tables, walking trails and the Forest Sky Pier. Sealy Lookout is open daily until dusk, and is free.
Forest Sky Pier
The Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest 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 was awarded Gold in the 2012 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards for New Tourism Development. The Lookout received a bronze award for best tourist attraction at the 2013 Countrylink North Coast Tourism Awards and was a finalist for the NSW Tourism Awards 2013.
Halfway Point Picnic Area
Picnic tables, fireplace and display panel in small roadside rest area.
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Forestry Corporation Information Line
1300 655 687 or (02) 9871 3377
Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm
Forestry Corporation Visitor Centre
95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills NSW 2125
- 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)
- Find out more about bushfires (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
- Find out more about emergency and safety (www.nsw.gov.au)
This area is designated as ‘high public usage’ under Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Pesticide Use Notification Plan [PDF 3.83 MB].