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Forster: Holidays along the Waterways

Forster, on New South Wales’ North Coast, is the ultimate holiday destination for water lovers. Lounge on one of the town’s beaches, ride the waves or kayak through hinterland lakes and rivers. You could also go fishing, snorkelling, or simply stroll along the beach that connects Forster with the next town on the coast.

Surrounded by national parks, Forster is a paradise for walkers, hikers and birdwatchers. Trek through rainforests or eucalyptus forests to access scenic lookouts, or find secluded beaches for some time away from the rest of the world.

Forster boasts a range of holiday rentals, from apartments to spacious family homes, many of which have water views.

Forster’s Beaches

One of the main reasons travellers visit Forster is to spend their holidays with their toes in the sand.

Families with small children tend to prefer the 500 metre long Main Beach, with its safe, protected waters. This beach is set between Forster Break and the Forster Ocean Baths. As you swim, you might see some dolphins or whales.

A short distance from Main Beach is Pebbly Beach, favoured by local snorkelers and home to a rock pool. Meanwhile, One Mile Beach, the destination for surfers, doubles up as the area’s designated dog-friendly beach, with an off-lead zone to the north of Collendina Park.

One Mile Beach’s foreshore is teeming with activities for the whole family, with its sand dunes, rock shelters, and, handy for snack time, the Cape Hawk’s Surf Club Kiosk. As you explore One Mile Beach, keep the strong currents in mind.

Beyond the Beach: Fishing and Water Sports

Water sports are extremely popular around Forster, as the town is set between the open water and the Great Lakes. While you are in the area, do as the locals and try your luck at fishing. You will see fishermen casting their lines off the beach, lakeshore or river banks. You are also likely to see them reeling in catches to be proud of. Deep sea fishing is another possibility and visitors can book a charter for the day.

To discover local marine life, hire some diving gear and venture out in the ocean or to the depths of Wallis Lake. To stay above the surface, rent a kayak and glide along the waterways to hidden beaches and islands. If you don’t wish to head out on your own, sign up for a diving or kayaking tour.

Forster’s Walks and Hikes

There are many places where you can stretch your legs in Forster and in the surrounding area. A easy walk is the 2 km stretch along Main Beach, which links Forster to the neighbouring town, Tuncurry. On your way, stop for coffee or ice cream at one of the eateries bordering the beach and observe local boating enthusiasts at Forster’s marina.

To get your daily exercise as you take in scenic views, head to the lookout at Cape Hawke, set within Booti Booti National Park. Walk along a 500 m path, which winds through rainforest landscapes, to access the lookout. From here, you will be privy to 360 degree vistas over the coast and hinterland.

National Parks Close to Forster

There is much to do in Forster’s national parks. Start by immersing yourself in local Aboriginal heritage at Booti Booti, the strip of forest between Wallis Lake and the coast. The park also offers plenty of kayaking opportunities and lesser known surf spots.

Then, visit Wallingat National Park, home to towering Eucalyptus forests and the most elevated lookout in the Great Lakes region. Birdwatchers, be sure to bring your binoculars or cameras!

Myall Lakes National Park, a short drive from Forster, is criss-crossed by an extensive network of paths. The park features isolated beaches, backed by forests.

Forster: In Town

Travelers to Forster likely come to the area to take advantage of its natural attractions, but the town itself has a number of shops and restaurants for more urban activities.

Stroll along the waterfront to discover restaurants for all budgets. Sample freshly caught seafood on Beach Street or spend a quiet afternoon in Wharf Street’s cafes.

Stockland Forster Shopping Centre is the area’s largest mall, with numerous boutiques, restaurants and services. Only a short distance from the waterfront, the mall harbours 75+ shops, an open air cafe precinct and a children’s play zone.

Getting to Forster

Forster is easily accessible from Sydney and Newcastle, with direct coaches and trains leaving from these cities. If you have a car, drive to Forster from Sydney in 3.5 hours. Reach your destination in under 2 hours if you’re leaving from Newcastle.