Take a walk in the forest
VISITING state forests is a great free activity that both kids and adults can enjoy these school holidays.
Hume region acting assistant chief fire officer Brett Haines said there was a wealth of state forests, and recreation sites within them, to enjoy right across the North East.
“From relaxing beside the King River at the Edi Cutting campsite to exploring walking tracks throughout Mansfield state forest, there are plenty of activities everyone can enjoy in state forests,” Mr Haines 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.
“Details of where state forests are located and what visitor facilities are available can be found at https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/visiting- state- forests/ places- to- visit.
“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,” Mr Haines said.
“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 Stanley and Yackandan- dah, 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.”
If campers see any irresponsible, suspicious or illegal behaviour in public land areas, they are asked to report it to Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning on 136 186.
The information could include details on what, when and where something happened, the number of people and vehicles involved, registration numbers and photos if it’s safe to take them.