Emerald bamboo forest

Meandering single track through forest, including a thicket of bamboo

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Emerald bamboo forest

Twisting this way and that, up and down the hill, this walk offers good exercise in cool forest. Normally a brisk walk outdoors makes me happy, but today the forlorn teddies tied to trees reflect the sadness I feel in response to the forest degradation. The chainsaw and the damage done.

Wedding Bells State Forest has been subject to logging since the mid 1800s, first selective trees by axe and bullock teams, later clear felling.

There are now large areas of weed where the sun penetrates through lost canopy. Lantana thickets thrive, providing shelter for bell miners, who drive out other birds, allowing psyllids to damage eucalpyts, leading to dieback.

Bizarrely, there is also a dense bamboo forest – what were they thinking?

This walk explores the forest to the north of Vardys Trail, while the nicer Emerald rainforest loop meanders south through sub-tropical rainforest. Join the two walks up for a 10.5km loop if you have time and want to cover more distance. Or continue climbing up Vardys trail to Boyds Hill.

Listen and watch out for mountain bike riders and trail bikes, who also use these forest tracks.

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  1. Denise

    First walk that we did following your directions. Very enjoyable to walk on a shady trail, lots of birds singing, a spooky bamboo forest. Very sad to walk past large items illegally dumped in the forest at the begining of thd track.
    Took us one and a half hour.
    Thank you so much for your directions!

    1. Coffs Trails

      Glad you enjoyed it Denise – that bamboo forest is such a spooky surprise. You?ll have to go do the Emerald rainforest walk now.

  2. Steve

    The bamboo forest is the site of a former banana farm. Much of the hills on this walk we’re cleared for agriculture (bananas) in the 1920,s. The walk passes through native species plantations planted on these cleared sites and grown for timber production. That the forests are still there and not cleared like all the paddocks and blueberry farms to the east is due to our society’s need for timber.

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