State Forest holiday attractions on the Mid North Coast
26 Sep 2023 - Matt Deans
Families wanting to get out in nature in spring can put State forests on top of their lists for places to visit during the October school holidays.
Local forests offer a fun and free experience and there’s loads to see and do.
To help you experience the best of what the region has to offer, Forestry Corporation staff have suggested a list of popular state forest experiences in your neck of the woods.
List of popular activities in state forests on the Mid North Coast
Visit Guulabaa – Place of Koala in Cowarra State Forest – home of the ‘Big Koala’ and Wildnets
Go camping at Swans Crossing in Kerewong State Forest
Picnic at Coopernook HQ and visit the restored Foresters Cottage
Take a walk along Longworths Historic Tramway Walk in Kerewong State Forest
Go Mountain Bike Riding at Jolly Nose in Queens Lake State Forest
Cool off at Cobrabald (Wild Bull and The Bluff Camping areas)
Visit the award-winning ‘Old Bottlebutt’ in Burrawan State Forest
Go birdwatching at No. 1 Tower in Mt Boss State Forest
Visit Mid North Coast Paintball in Cairncross State Forest
Forestry Corporation’s Tourism & Partnerships Manager Leah Moncrieff said there’s been a lot of improvements to facilities and attractions in Mid North Coast State forests, helping the public to make the most of their family day trips.
“Swans Crossing Camp Ground, Longworths Tramway Historic Walk and Coopernook HQ Visitor Area are just the tip of the iceberg of family friendly locations on the Mid North Coast,” Leah said.
“We encourage people to put State forests on their day trip plans, as well as supporting local businesses along the way, especially as camping in State forests is free. And you can even take the family dog.”
Visitors are asked to check the Forestry Corporation website for closures and notices, stick to formed roads and be mindful of potential dangers. Additionally, A Solid Fuel Fire Ban applies in State Forests.
With more than 2-million hectares of State forests across NSW, there are still plenty of unique places to discover and activities to share.
“Our State forests have spectacular scenery and award-winning visitor attractions. I encourage anyone who hasn’t visited in a while to download our free VisitForests app and discover great places to enjoy these holidays,” Leah said.
“Visitors can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-date information on places to visit.”