Take care when bush camping

Recent rains have reduced the bush fire risk to campers
Recent rains have reduced the bush fire risk to campers

HOLIDAYMAKERS camping in state forests can pitch a tent or unpack a van safe in the knowledge that good rainfall has minimised the bush fire risk.

Bushland campsites on the Coffs Coast and right through from the Queensland border to Eden are favourable for day visits or for a week or more of camping.

"Camping in state forests is free, and people can take their dogs provided they are under proper control, and even take their horses along for a ride if they wish," Forests NSW manager of public programs and community interaction, Joanna Bodley said.

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.

"Mountain biking is an increasingly popular sport and there are plenty of opportunities in State forests to explore," Ms Bodley said.

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

Campers and day visitors are reminded 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 on the coast over this holiday period, but there is every chance of stormy weather and visitors need to be mindful of falling branches," she said.

A big tourist attraction this summer is expected to be the upgrade to Sealy Lookout with a new walkway out over the forest with spectacular views along the coastline.

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