Over the years, we've spent a lot of time in "the forest" which we occasionally refer to as "the Watagans". In actual fact "the forest" is compromised of several adjoining areas: Olney State Forest, Watagan State Forest, Watagan National Park and Heaton State Forest. There are no distinct boundaries, although the National Park area is sign-posted to ensure visitors are aware of the usual rules regarding domestic animals etc.
The Pokolbin State Forest is not much further afield than "the Watagans", however we had never visited and were glad that our geocaching adventures led us there in early February. It is a far less developed area than our usual forest without established facilities.
We were pleased to set up our trusty picnic table at a rustic lookout, overlooking much of the Hunter Valley. The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed clear views in all directions.
Later in the day we bushwalked along a ridgeline to reach some huge boulders where we sat looking over another part of the Hunter Valley, with wedge-tailed eagles soaring overhead. Hard life, eh?!
We spotted a few potential camping spots while driving about and it may be we enjoy a longer visit in the not-too-distant future.