Visiting state forests is a great free activity that both children and adults can enjoy these school holidays. Acting assistant chief fire officer for Gippsland, Craig Chapman, said there is a wealth of state forests, and recreation sites within them, to enjoy right across Gippsland. “From checking out the stunning Toorongo Falls, exploring walking tracks throughout Briagolong State Forest or going on an adventure on the Gippsland Lakes Discovery Trail, there are plenty of activities everyone can enjoy in state forests,” Mr Chapman said. “Many have free camp sites in beautiful bushland where you often spot local wildlife. “You can also just enjoy a day trip with a picnic and perhaps a stroll along one of the many walking tracks.
“People are also able to ride horses, trail bikes and go four wheel driving in state forests as long as they remain on the formed roads. “To explore Victoria’s state forests on a trail bike you must have a motorcycle licence or learner permit and your trail bike must be registered. All road rules apply so you must always wear an approved helmet, keep left and ride safely, according to the conditions. “There are some fantastic trail bike areas with loading ramps, barbecues, toilets and track signs close to Neerim South, Rawson and Mount Taylor near Bairnsdale, which is also great for mountain bike riders too. “Forest Fire Management Victoria officers will be undertaking regular patrols of state forests throughout the school holidays to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.”