Forest fun is always free

A TRIP to the woods might be just the ticket for you and your family these holidays.

Visitors are welcome in State forests across the Coffs Coast but they are asked to observe a few simple rules so the forests can be maintained for others to enjoy.

“We simply ask that families keep their dogs under control so that everyone can enjoy the bush,” said Forests NSW community forester David Wilson.

“Camping in State forests is free and people are able to use them as a base for exploring many regional areas including other tourist attractions within State forests.

“Forest visitors will be able to see some of the areas that are being planted to produce future crops of timber for the people of NSW near many of the camping areas.”

Mr Wilson said visitors should remove their own rubbish and consider other forest users.

“Mountain biking is an increasingly popular sport and there are plenty of opportunities in State forests to explore.

“People riding bikes or motorcycles or using four-wheel-drives should stick to formed tracks and not go bush bashing.

“Drivers are also asked to note that there is now a 60km/h speed limit on all gravel roads in State forests that are not otherwise signposted.

“Fire is unlikely to be a problem over this holiday period but there is every chance of stormy weather and visitors need to be mindful of falling branches.”

Go to www.dpi.nsw.gov/forests/recreation for more information on where to go, what to do and what to bring.



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