Sealy wins bronze at Australian Tourism Awards

Orara East State Forest continues to add to an already impressive list of awards, with Sealy Lookout taking out bronze in the Tourist Attraction category at the Australian Tourism Awards on Sunday.

After winning gold at the NSW Tourism Awards in November last year, the popular lookout was acknowledged as one of the top three tourist attractions in Australia at the national awards ceremony in Perth.

Tourism and Partnerships Manager at Forestry Corporation of NSW, Louise Faulkner, said she was delighted to see the work involved in creating visitor facilities within State forests acknowledged at a national level.

“NSW State forests provide world-class nature-based tourism opportunities for locals and tourists and play a key role in supporting the visitor economy,” Ms Faulkner said.

Forestry Corporation has been working to put Orara East State Forest on the map as one of Australia’s finest tourism destinations, working with local partners to create scenic lookouts, walks, picnic areas and cultural experiences that enhance the forest experience.

“Sealy’s also attracted international attention,” Ms Faulkner added.

“Thanks to a strong partnership with Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, the First People’s interpretive sculpture, street art, and sound experience along the Gumgali Track to Korora Lookout has won awards in the USA.”

“We’re also very proud of Sealy Lookout’s ecotourism certification with Ecotourism Australia. Aciheved in 2017, the certification assures visitors that Sealy Lookout is managed via sustainable practices.”

The transformation of Orara East State Forest has seen visitor numbers more than treble over the past five years.

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