It is estimated that almost 28 million visitors experience the beautiful NSW
State forests every year and take part in free activities such as picnicking,
camping, walking or simply taking in the view. These visitors have access
to 130 visitor areas including camping and caravan areas, barbecues and
picnic areas, lookouts, designated walking tracks and visitor accommodation
Forests as tourism destinations are now the norm for Australians and the
growth in this sector has shown many people that a working forest is also able
to support a wide variety of other activities.
RIGHT: Hundreds of thousands of children have visited NSW State forests over the past
hundred years and these visits continue today. Research has shown that children are
calmer and more likely to learn when interacting with nature. This photograph clearly
captures the amazement of the children during an excursion to Cumberland State Forest.
LEFT: Visitors come to State forests to experience unique sights like Old Bottlebutt in
Burrawan State Forest, the largest Red Bloodwood tree in the southern hemisphere.