NSW State forests offer Easter fun and adventure — but be safe

People planning their holiday travels and activities should put State forests on top of the list. These special public places are not only free to visitors, but offer fun, adventure and memories.

Forestry Corporation of NSW is however reminding visitors to be safe and respectful as they explore the great outdoors.

Forestry Corporation’s Manager of Tourism and Partnerships Louise Faulkner said State forests are a great place for families to get together over the Easter period.

“With more than two million hectares of State forests, there are plenty of unique places to discover and activities to share,” Ms Faulkner said.

“There are so many areas where you can bring the family and picnic or camp for free – even the family dog is welcome!

“State forests contain thousands of kilometres of roads and trails for four-wheel driving, mountain biking, trail biking, horse riding and bush walking.”

While there is plenty to do and see in State forests, visitors are reminded to be safe and respectful of others and the environment so that everyone can enjoy their experience.

“Have a great time in our State forests this Easter break, but we ask visitors to respect the rules and each other,” Ms Faulkner said.

“This includes observing fire bans, fully extinguishing your campfire, avoiding excessive noise and considering your fellow campers.

“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.

“Visitors can also follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information on special places to visit.”

Forestry Corporation’s top tips for visiting state forests

1.Camping is free in NSW State forests, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy the great outdoors.

2.Dogs are welcome in NSW State forests so you can bring your four-legged friend on your family picnic or camping trip.

3.There are plenty of dedicated bushwalking tracks waiting to be explored. Improve your fitness, reap the health benefits of being outdoors or just take a gentle walk to relax.

4.Many State forests have mountain bike tracks managed by local clubs under permit. These tracks are available to ride outside Club events (you could even consider joining your local club).

5.Horse-riders - you can ride your horses on roads and fire trails in State forests.

6.Four-wheel driving and trail bike riding are allowed on formed roads and fire trails in State forests. But don’t risk a fine, remember: no licence, no rego, no ride.

7.Many State forests have fireplaces for barbecues (you can collect fallen wood to make a fire) and great spots to enjoy a picnic. You can enjoy a fire in most State forests, but not all - check our website for locations of solid fuel fire bans or visit the Rural Fire Service website for information about total fire bans. In an emergency, contact 000.

8.Make sure you share your experiences via #visitnswforests and @visitnswforests. The ‘Visit NSW State Forests’ Facebook page will be sharing visitor happy snaps over the holiday period, so don’t forget to tag your shots – you could be a star!

For more information about visitor experiences and destinations in your local State forest, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au.

Media contact: Rod Campbell 0428 058 549