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Olney State Forest...
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This section of the Great North Walk starts from the Cedar Brush track head and winds up into the Olney State Forest following bushtracks and service trails down into the Wollombi Brook gully. From here the walk heads south along the Lyre Bird trail to the Basin Campsite. The Basin Campsite provides more than enough space for large groups to camp as well as a picnic shelter fire place and a toilet. It is a fair drive around for the car shuffle but a nice walk into the campsite.
About the region
Olney State Forest is a popular visitor area and part of the beautiful State Forests of the Watagan Mountains. Located west of Lake Macquarie, Olney is bordered by Wyong State Forest, Watagan State Forest and Watagan National Park. Along with adjacent Heaton State Forest, Olney State Forest is the main area for visitors to State Forests on the Central Coast. Forests in this area have been harvested for timber for many decades, more than 100 years. The forests you see today are regrowth forests, having been harvested many times over and grown back. Today's forest management practices protect biodiversity, soil and water quality and cultural heritage sites while also allowing for sustainable timber production.