FORESTS AS DESTINATIONS
Over the years State forests have evolved from production hubs
into destinations. There are award-winning tourist attractions
in forests across the state, with breathtaking views of deep
valleys, beautiful forests, dramatic escarpments and spectacular
waterfalls and pools. Forest management now includes managing
facilities like the Forest Sky Pier in the Orara East State Forest
near Coffs Harbour and facilitating hiking and ecotourism in
lush conservation forests like the central coast’s Strickland State
Forest. These destinations draw visitors from far and wide, their
popularity a testament to the sustainable forest management
that has maintained their value for generations.
While traditional bushwalking and sight seeing remain
popular activities, forests are increasingly used by thrillseekers
including mountain bikers and motor sports enthusiasts.