Check ahead before starting your Easter trip to the State Forest – that’s the message from the Forestry Corporation of NSW after closures should hamper even the best-laid plans.
As severe weather hits many parts of the state, Forestry Corporation Tourism and Partnerships Manager Louise Faulkner expects many areas to face closures.
“There are many open state forests and sites across New South Wales for visitors to discover and explore,” she said.
“However, with many forests affected by severe weather, especially in the mid and northern coast areas where many forests remain closed due to landslides and washed out roads or bridges, please check our website and plan ahead. in advance to avoid disappointment at your forest destination destination.”
Visitors are reminded to be cautious and respectful when exploring the great outdoors.
“Whenever possible, have a good time in our State Forests over the Easter holiday, but we ask visitors to respect the rules and each other,” Faulkner said.
“This includes following fire bans, completely extinguishing your campfire, preventing excessive noise, and being considerate of your camp mates.
“There is no reservation system, so we ask everyone to be courteous and work with other visitors to share available campgrounds. Of course, also consider COVID health guidelines and of social distancing.
The warning comes after NSW Police confirmed a family of five, all tourists from the UK, were walking through bushland in Wentworth Falls when four of them were crushed by falling rocks earlier this week.
The Blue Mountains National Park, where the incident happened, has since been closed.
State forests are similar to national parks but generally smaller.
NSW has over 900 national parks and reserves.
Visitors can follow @VisitNSWForests on Facebook for up-to-date information and tips on where to visit.
For more information on visitor experiences and destinations in your local state forest, visit www.forestrycorporation.com.au/to visit.
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