15 Nov 2019 - Rod Campbell
Forestry Corporation of NSW is delighted to have Sealy Lookout (Niigi Niigi) recognised with a silver in the NSW Tourism Awards (Tourist Attraction category).
Found in Orara East State Forest, the lookout showcases the natural beauty of Coffs Harbour and is a drawcard for the region’s tourists.
Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Tourism and Partnerships Manager, Louise Faulkner, was thrilled with the podium finish and congratulated the other entrants on their success.
“We’re very proud of Sealy Lookout (Niigi Niigi) and the impact it has on the North Coast’s visitor economy. It builds on the natural beauty of the region and NSW State forests to give visitors an unforgettable experience,” Ms Faulkner said.
“Our work in Orara East State forest and our strong partnership with the traditional owners, the Gumbaynggirr people, and Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, has seen visitor numbers more than treble over the last five years and continue to grow,” she said.
“We’d also like to recognise the support of Coffs Harbour Treetop Adventure Park, who have contributed greatly to the unique experience at Orara East State Forest.”
Forestry Corporation is also proud to sponsor the award’s Ecotourism and the Adventure Tourism categories.
“Our congratulations to Go Sea Kayak for winning the Ecotourism category and Emu Trekkers for taking out the Adventure Tourism category,” Ms Faulkner said.
“I’d also like to acknowledge other entrants, winners and Forestry Corporation partners, particularly The Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience and Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail.
The Giingay Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience is based out of the Sealy Lookout and won the Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category.
The Hello Koala Sculpture Trail, another Forestry Corporation partner, won gold in the Cultural Tourism category.
Ms Faulkner said the awards acknowledge the key role State forests play attracting in tourists and supporting the local tourism economy.
“State forests across NSW are magnets for tourists wanting to connect with our unique natural environment,” Ms Faulkner said.
“Forestry Corporation strives to provide high-quality, nature-based tourism opportunities for locals and visitors from further afield.
“We’re hoping these awards give visitors even more incentive to come out and see the work we’ve been doing to create world-class scenic lookouts, walks, picnic areas and cultural experiences.”
Media contact: Rod Campbell 0428058549