State forests take out tourism awards


Forestry Corporation’s Manager Recreation and Tourism, Louise Faulkner, said the awards were recognition that State forests really do offer something for everyone.

“Strickland State Forest has won the Ecotourism category at the Hunter and Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism three years running, and this year it cemented its place in the Hall of Fame,” Louise said.

“The State Forests of the Watagan Mountains were also recognised at the Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards. This cluster of six forests – the Awaba, Heaton, Olney, Ourimbah, Watagan and Wyong State Forests – won the Adventure Tourism award.

“Meanwhile, the Forest Sky Pier, a 21-metre timber and steel viewing platform at Sealy Lookout in the Orara State Forest, won a bronze award in the Best Tourist Attraction category at the North Coast Tourism Awards.

“Forestry Corporation also won the Destination Marketing award for its Experience a Forest Playground campaign. I encourage anyone who hasn’t already paid a State forest a visit to see what they’re missing out on.”

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