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Recently, AORVA have achieved conditional registration-event-style access to various state forests with the Queensland Government, a form of Queensland rec rego. This is the type of recreational access that dirtbikes have been chasing after for years and it’s great to see governments warming to the idea for our four-wheeled brothers entering state forests in a recreational context. Since the announcement from AORVA, the organisation, its members and the wider off-road vehicle community have been eagerly awaiting details about which state forests will be available for recreational access. We now have that information to share, as the Queensland Government has confirmed the first nine state forests.

Leyburn State Forest and Mia Mia State Forest are available right now, with the following state forests opening between September and December. These incoming state forests are; Oakvale, Borania, Calrossie, Yarrol, Wondai, Coomingulah and Amamoor. Not only has AORVA lobbied for these initial nine state forests to open recreationally but they also sponsor the Automobile and Motorcycle Association (AMA) to support Recreation Leader volunteers and run events and help grow the community.

Recently, the second Leyburn Forest side-by-side event was held on the first weekend of August. With a little rain the day before, conditions were ideal with a couple of fun puddles and no dust in sight. According to the AMA event Recreation Leader Grant Martin, “The track itself just got more and more fun to ride all weekend. All riders attending had a great ride with no incidents or issues.”

Leyburn is a great little town with warm showers, free camping and the oldest licensed pub in Queensland. That seems to make their steaks and beer taste even better. The Royal Hotel’s Chris and Ruth are the very off-road friendly managers, who also have some nice family cabin accommodation across the road.

A future event is being planned for 17-18 September back in Leyburn, with Mia Mia State Forest also expected to host an event in the very near future for those a bit further up the Queensland coast. For future forest events to run smoothly, AMA requires event Rec Leaders like Grant Martin to give some time and help expand the off-road vehicle community. To run events individuals need a basic level 1 official certification from the AMA. It’s all off-road fun and driving for the Rec Leader too. All info regarding this certification and opportunities to get further involved with future rides and events can be found on the AMA website

If you’re interested in being a participant on these rides or want to keep up to date with the Aussie side-by-side scene, check out AORVA’s website and become a member.