A perfect base for an escape to the spectacular Great Lakes region, Forster also unfurls beautiful beaches from the breakwater at Main Beach to Pacific Palms. Enjoy the surrounding waterways by swimming, surfing and fishing. Scuba diving is great in this area, as well as dolphin and whale watching cruises.
Between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Forster is the heart of the Great Lakes. Hire a houseboat for a holiday on the stunning lakes and waterways. On the oceanside Main Beach stretches south to the Forster Ocean Baths, with many nearby beaches adorning the peninsula to Pacific Palms.
Along the way, Seven Mile Beach stretches south from nearby Cape Hawke to Booti Hill and the Ruins, a great spot for fishing and surfing. For spectacular views visit Cape Hawke lookout in Booti Booti National Park, situated between lake and the sea. Surrounded by rainforest, it’s a great spot for walking.
Why Spend Your Holiday in Forster?
Forster offers superb fishing options, from deep-sea charters to lake, rock and river or beach fishing. At Fisherman’s Wharf, you can also join Dive Forster for memorable scuba experiences, such as visiting a Grey Nurse Shark site. They also do day charters and ocean swimming with dolphin tours.
Whales migrate along the coast between May and November, and you can take a whale-watching cruise with Amaroo Cruises. Time your visit with one of the great local events such as the Jeff Wilcox Memorial bodyboarding competition or the Lakeside Festival in the twin seaside town of Tuncurry.
When it comes to things to do in Forster Tuncurry, you’re spoiled for choice. Explore the waterways by boat or kayak, enjoy fresh local seafood or gourmet coffee, go beyond the beaches into the hinterland, browse the boutique shops, discover coastal & waterfront walks, ride the local legendary surf breaks, or experience a dolphin or whale cruise – and we have the best Forster accommodation perfect for every type of traveler.
What are the best beaches in Forster Tuncurry?
Whether it is a family day out or to surf the local breaks, Forster Tuncurry and the surrounding areas cater to every experience. Forster Main Beach is a family-friendly patrolled beach which features an ocean pool with a gentle sandy slope and plenty of beachfront restaurants and cafés.
- Pebbly Beach & The Tanks includes a small beach great for a quick dip or for the avid surfer. The Tanks is a natural rock formation that creates a lagoon to swim in or jump into
- One Mile Beach is great for surfing, plus it has a natural sand dune for sand surfing. It is patrolled at the southern end and includes rock pools, a park and playground.
- Burgess Beach is a secret spot with rock caves but is only accessed by a steep path from burgess road
- Mcbrides Beach is a beautifully secluded beach accessed by 4WD only via Cape Hawke road.
- Nine Mile Beach at Tuncurry is great for surfing plus it includes a family-friendly rockpool with a protected swimming area near the break wall. It also includes a kiosk, children’s play area and bbq facilities – plus for the adventurous type, the far northern end is excellent for 4WDs.
- Little St Baths is a gentle lake bath for kids which includes a waterfront cafe.
- Elizabeth Beach is patrolled and is excellent for families in pacific palms.
- Blueys and Boomerang beaches are great for surfing.
Best spots to snorkel or dive
Forster- Tuncurry and the Great Lakes region is not only renowned for its beautiful beaches, lakes and hinterlands; it also boasts world-class snorkelling and diving spots for the underwater enthusiasts. There are several popular spots listed below to dive along the coastline spanning the entire Great Lakes area.
Behind ‘The Tanks’ at Forster’s Pebbly Beach is a local breeding ground for Grey Nurse Sharks and the perfect place for underwater photos. ‘Status Rock’ is another popular, sheltered dive site with Grey Nurse sharks, turtles, Grouper and lots of schooling pelagic fish.
Please note that we advise you to contact the local dive centres: Forster Dive Centre and Dive Forster to arrange a dive or visit their website to make an enquiry, or if you are an experienced diver unfamiliar with these dive spots, we encourage you to contact them for advice as well. Both centres offer entry-level, specialty and professional diving courses carried out by expert divemasters with world recognised certifications:
Best spots to surf in Forster – Tuncurry
From the North around Diamond Beach stretching South towards Seal Rocks, there are countless popular surfing spots suitable for the beginner to the more experienced surfer.
In the warmer months, One Mile Beach or Pebbly Beach in Forster and Number 1 Beach at Seal Rocks are perfect spots to enjoy some smaller longboard waves and beach breaks. During the cooler months when there is more swell around, there are several popular surfing spots heading South – from Elim (7 Mile Beach), Boomerang Beach, Blueys Beach and Lighthouse Beach at Seal Rocks.
Check out Surfline to keep up to date with local surf reports.
For solo or group surfing lessons contact Simon from Great Lakes Surf School on 0427 823 029 or Gary at Surface Surf School on 0434 64 5796.
Best places to paddleboard
There are lots of great places to paddleboard in Forster – Tuncurry and the surrounds. Wallis Lake spans over 1400 square kilometres with plenty of great spots to paddleboard that cater to different abilities. Breckenridge channel (located behind the Wharf Street Forster) is a perfect protected spot to try your hand at paddleboarding. There are several boat sheds located on Memorial Drive and Little Street that hire out paddle boards year-round.
If you’re an experienced paddleboarder and you have brought your own, then you may wish to take your chances at one of the local surfing spots, perhaps at Forster’s Main Beach or One Mile Beach where you will often share the waves with some playful dolphins.
Here is a list of some local businesses that rent our paddleboards:
- Forster Houseboat Hire- https://www.forsterluxuryhouseboats.com.au/
- Waterline Boathouse- https://waterlineboathouse.com.au/
- Great Lake Boat Hire- http://www.greatlakesboathire.com.au/
- Forster Dive Centre – http://www.forsterdivecentre.com.au/paddleboards.php
- Aussie Boat Shed- https://aussieboatshed.com.au/
You can also hire paddle boards at Pacific Palms from Pacific Palms SUP located at Frothy Coffee at the beautiful Smiths Lake- https://www.pacificpalmssup.com.au/
Best spots to wakeboard
You won’t have far to launch your boat if you are staying in town with the boat ramps located across the road from the main street of Forster, next to Paradise Marina on Little Street, Forster or at Forster Keys.
Wallis Lake and the surrounding rivers are a wakeboarders or boating enthusiasts dream! Perhaps the most popular place to wakeboard is located on the southern side of Wallis Island that runs towards Coomba Bay, or the western side of Regatta Island.
Forster Keys is also a popular place to enjoy a family day on the water with a park running parallel to the water, making it ideal for onlookers. Forster Keys links up to Wallis Lake through Coomba Park so you can launch your boat and enjoy a full day exploring the beautiful views.
The average depth of the lake is 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in), and there usually are plenty of spots that you can find to avoid prevailing winds making it a perfect playground for wakeboarding, water skiing or tubing.
Best spots to mountain bike
Tipriders is arguably the largest network of mountain biking trails on the Eastern Seaboard. What started out 20 years ago as a couple of trails that a small group of friends made to ride on weekends, has grown into nearly 70 kilometres of hand-cut mountain bike specific single trail! The system is often referred to as the ‘Tip Trails’, owing to their proximity to the Taree Waste Management Centre. But that’s where their similarity to rubbish ends because these trails are pure mountain biking gold.
Unlike other trail systems that are based upon only one or two ‘loops’, the Kiwarrak trails are an interconnected ‘web’ of trails that intersect each other many times over. This provides riders with the opportunity to ‘choose their own adventure’ by giving them almost unlimited options of which trails to follow in order to stitch together their ride. Add to this the fact that 95% of the trails are non-directional (you can ride them both ways), and you have a trail network that offers riders an almost infinite number of paths to take.
The park and its volunteer builders embrace all styles of riding. From fast and flowy cross country (XC) trails to gravity-fed enduro style trails complete with purpose-built structures such as jumps, bridges, wall-rides, drops and roller coasters. The local mountain biking fraternity and the Manning-Great Lakes Tip Riders proudly recognise the efforts of all trail builders and maintainers, past and present.
We’re also completely chuffed to let it be known that the original trail builders who cut those very first trails all those years ago are still building and maintaining trails today!
What’s on in Forster Tuncurry this weekend?
Weekend markets –
- Blackhead Bazaar. 1st Sunday of the month, September to May, 8.30 to 1 pm Wylie Breckenridge Park, Blackhead Beach, Hallidays Point.
- Forster Town Markets. 2nd Sunday of the month, 8 am to 2 pm – Forster town park, Head Street.
- Forster Farmers Market. 3rd Saturday of the month, 8 am to 12 noon – Forster Visitor Centre grounds, Little Street
- Tuncurry Markets. 4th Saturday of the month, 7 am to 1 pm – john wright park, Tuncurry
- Pacific Palms Markets. last Sunday of the month, 9 am to 1 pm – pacific palms community centre, The Lakesway
Things to do in Forster during Winter
- Relax with a coffee at one of Forster’s awesome cafes
- Take a cruise on the Amaroo to see the Whale migration and our local dolphin population at play
- Take a stroll along one of our pristine beaches or hike one of the many national park trails
- Take a drive to Nabiac and have a bit to eat at the Greenhouse cafe
- Ascend to the top of Cape Hawke lookout and enjoy the amazing vista – you may spot some Whales!
- Relax on the Free Spirit Cruise along Wallis Lake and explore our beautiful waterways
- Indulge with some pampering at one of our amazing day spas – you deserve it!
- Catch a movie at Great lakes Cinema 3
- Check out one of our local Markets you are sure to find something unique
- Take a stroll down the Main Street of Forster and do some retail therapy
The best Forster family accommodation
The best accommodation for families is something that is close to one of the beaches. Forster Main Beach, One Mile Beach or Tuncurry Beach.
Is there pet-friendly accommodation in Forster?
There is no reason to leave your 4-legged family members behind. Check out the link to our Pet-friendly accommodation rentals.
What is the best beach accommodation in Forster?
Check out the link to our Beachfront properties INSERT LINK however the best part of holidaying in Forster Tuncurry is that it is a maze of Beaches and the Lake.
Houses For Rent in Forster: Where Can I Find Good Options?
Forsteraccom.com.au and search by location, choosing beach, lake or centrally located will give you some great options for all price ranges
Which apartments are available for rent in Forster?
Forsteraccom.com.au and search by location, choosing beach, lake or centrally located to find the best apartments
Luxury accommodation in Foster
Choose from several multi-million-dollar houses plus penthouses, search beach or lake view in the search on forsteraccom.com.au for the best luxe accommodation in Forster
Rental Properties in Tuncurry
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Where can I go for a romantic getaway on the mid-north coast, NSW?
Forster Tuncurry is one of those places you can get away and leave the everyday stresses behind. Choose secluded accommodation near the water, relax on the balcony with a beautiful bottle of wine. Turn your phones off, reconnect with each other and then take a gorgeous sunset walk on the beach or around the lake with an ice-cream.
No matter what your plans are during your stay, we have the best Forster accommodation options around, with properties stretching the beachfront, lakeside and beyond into neighbouring Tuncurry. Find your perfect place to stay, today.
If you consider yourself to be a bit of a foodie, then Forster and neighbouring Tuncurry have plenty of gastronomic delights waiting to be explored. From chilled-out cafes serving up freshly roasted brews to authentic Italian food and morning-fresh seafood, there’s something for every tastebud.
If you’re looking for the best Forster restaurants to enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast, hearty lunch, exquisite dinner and everything in between, here are just a handful of the best around. And with our stunning holiday accommodation, you can takeaway to dine at home or whip up a feast without having to get dressed up to the nines.
Best Italian restaurants in Forster
Since 2003, Frank and Teresa have been offering traditional Italian cuisine from Bella Bellissimo – sharing food and passion with Forster locals and visitors. what they serve is more than what you eat — it’s the conversation you have with Frank; that special Italian wine that isn’t on the menu yet; zucchini flowers that they grow on their farm. This is what makes their food a meal.
From a young age, Teresa was always interested in what her mother and grandmothers were cooking. One of her earliest childhood memories was of tasting raw meatball because that was how her grandmother tasted for seasoning. Thankfully, she is not doing the same with her grandkids, but it was what sparked her love of food, and how the experience BECAME so much more than just sustenance.
When Frank and Teresa got married, it was generations of family recipes coming together. Their pizza dough, amongst other recipes, is over 30 years old and is often joked amongst the Nardi family, as only being passed on to outsiders once they are married into the family (actually, no joke). “Our experience of food and family is so important, and we want to share it with everyone.”
Italian food, and especially southern Italian food — which is often regarded as peasant food — is beautiful in its simplicity. it’s all about the fresh, quality ingredients, which is why we only use the best, seasonal ingredients, that we source both locally and from Italy. Frank does a killer job growing some of our produce, and it really can’t get any better than that.
With generations of food, friends and family, Frank’s mother (née Bellissimo) is still remembered as one of the best cooks. That’s why we pay homage to the beautiful woman with our name — Bella Bellissimo.
View the Bella Bellissimo Menu here!
If you have a love for Italian cuisine, then Pezzella’s is an absolute must-visit. Italian food culture is much more than a way to simply satisfy a grumbling stomach – and eating is more than the physical act of satisfying that grumble. To eat in Italy is to celebrate togetherness. It’s a time when strangers become family around a table, good friends share a bottle of wine, stories are told, and hands take centre stage.
Put simply, to eat in Italy is an occasion, an experience that marries simple yet exquisite tastes with passion, conversation and connection.
The Melanzane that Nonno grew, watered, tended to daily and picked is now a revived Parmigiana sitting at the dinner table. In Italy, food is less about what sits on the grocer shelf and more about what your neighbour is growing this season. It’s about what is flourishing at the local farmers market – or who in the village is slaughtering their pigs next. It is an all-encompassing process from paddock to plate that combines seasonal produce, family recipes passed down from generation to generation and a whole lot of love with every stir of the “pentola“.
From our time in Italy, this is what we fell in love with. And what we strive to replicate at Pezzella’s. A small menu with an array of handmade traditional Italian dishes, with ingredients sourced as locally and organically as possible. Here at Pezzella’s we encourage big meals, great company, laughs, stories all shared over a bottle of wine or Negroni or two. Buon appetito!
View the Pezzella’s Menu here!
Best seafood restaurants in Forster?
No visit to Forster would be complete without sampling the famous local seafood – with oysters taking the top spot! Dig into delicately grilled fish, freshly shucked oysters, prawns, squid and so much more – right on Wallis lake. Not sure where to go? Here are some of the best seafood restaurants in Forster Tuncurry.
If you are looking to relax on the deck overlooking Wallis Lake with a cocktail, then Hamilton’s Oyster Bar is the place for you! Hamilton’s Oysters is a locally owned and family run business using fresh produce and more importantly their own harvested oysters – fresh from their farm on Wallis Lake. They offer a relaxed All Day Dining Experience for those long lazy lunches overlooking Wallis Lake in Tuncurry from the overwater deck.
Graham Barclay Oysters
If you are looking to grab a crisp bottle of Riesling and sit by Wallis Lake and enjoy the sunset then grab some oysters from Graham Barclay Oysters. Graham Barclay Oysters is a household name in the Forster-Tuncurry area and in the world of oysters. Employing about 35 full-time staff members as well as seasonal help, the farm grows some of the best oysters in the country and the world. The owner, Graham Barclay, is a well-known businessman in the Forster-Tuncurry area, owning both Graham Barclay Oysters and Graham Barclay Marine. As for the oysters, they have been named the best in Australia, singled out from over 500 different producers.
Best Coffee spots in Forster Tuncurry?
Looking for a caffeine boost paired with some on-the-go snacks? Forster and Tuncurry have plenty of cafes and places to grab a decent cup of coffee when you’re out and about. Here are some of the best coffee spots to check out.
Tartt & Wingman café. Located right in the heart of the town or up on Forster Main Beach, use Little Street Roasters Coffee. Whether to grab an amazing B&E roll whilst you stroll the boardwalk or to sit down and enjoy some of the tastiest meals in town is up to you. They are both a definite must when you visit.
Plunge. Located near One Mile Beach Plunge café has a selection of tasty items to grab and go or to dine in and enjoy the relaxed ambience. Amazing coffee and local produce make it an absolute must-visit when you’re in town.
Beachbums. Start the day the Forster way with saltwater, coffee and a sunrise overlooking Forster’s Main Beach & the Pacific Ocean. Their seasonal breakfast and lunch menu includes healthy and gluten-free options & veggie’s from the farm garden – as well as sweet treats and great coffee. Enjoy fabulous ocean views and a friendly atmosphere all year round, 7 days from 5:45 am. Takeaway is also available for most items.
All Things Yum. Located in the main street of Forster, not only do they have the best coffee & banter they specialise in all things yum that are oh so good for you! They offer vegan, gluten free, dairy free however you would never know, we recommend trying the caramel slice and the rocky road, seriously you will drive back to Forster just for these
Best Grazing Boxes
What could be better than having a tailor-made box loaded with beautiful food and drink perfect for a family picnic, lazy day on the beach or just so you don’t have to cook? If you’re looking for an experience rather than just food, then Sea & Salt Grazing Boxes are exactly what you’re looking for.
Sea & Salt Grazing Boxes. Sea & Salt are a premium, Pacific Palms based catering company specialising in grazing tables, cheese platters and graze boxes.
Catering for all your special events including weddings, engagement parties, elopements, proposals, baby showers, birthdays, picnics, weekends away, hens parties, recovery breakfasts, corporate functions and any other reason to celebrate!
Servicing the Mid North Coast from Seal Rocks and Bungwahl to Tuncurry. Experience more than just a love of food… Sea & Saltis a constant source of inspiration and a medium for pursuing a passion for bringing people together through artistic expression, magical experiences, local community and food crafted with love.
Nothing brings people together like crowding around a table teeming with visually spectacular and decadent food. Enjoy beautifully designed grazes – personalised and tailored to the individual or group, ensuring a show-stopping experience and feast for all senses in signature Sea & Salt style.
SEA & SALT GRAZING BOXES
Your Food, Your Way
Sometimes, you just want to enjoy a home-cooked meal without needing to spend hours getting ready to go out. Our wide range of Forster accommodation makes it possible to cook a slap-up meal for you, your family, your significant other and your friends. Nearby grocery stores are loaded with those all-essential ingredients, along with plenty of options for wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Find a property with state of the art kitchen facilities, fire up the bbq, pour yourself a long one and relax with a meal in the best place of all – home.
Whether you’re staying in one of our multi-million dollar properties, somewhere cosy on the lakeside, or an apartment next to the beach, most have loaded kitchens ready to prepare a sizzling slap-up breakfast, a long and lazy lunch, light bites and filling family dinners.
Forster Main Street (Wharf Street)
Whether you want to cook for yourself or nip out to grab a mouthwatering takeaway, Forsters main street, Wharf Street has everything you need. From fruit and veg to fresh meat, local seafood and traditional takeaways – here are some of the best places to head to.
- Lobby’s Fresh Seafood – Open from 10 am to 8 pm 7 days a week, Lobby’s Fresh Seafood is the best place in town to grab piping hot fish and chips, calamari, prawn cutlets, seafood baskets and much more – cooked and ready to eat.
- Beach St Seafoods – Another fantastic place to grab ready-to-go fish and chips, Beach St Seafoods is the number one place to head for fresh Wallis Lake Oysters, freshly grilled prawns and salmon, salad bowls, deep fried ice-cream and many more delicious treats.
- Witts Butchery – located at 44 Wharf St, Forster, NSW, 2428
- Wharf Street Gourmet Butchery – located in Shop 3/ 24-30 Wharf St, Forster, NSW 2428.
Fruit & Veg
- Forster Salad Bowl – located at 45 Wharf St, Forster NSW 2428
Find your perfect Foster accommodation today and get ready to satisfy your tastebuds, indoors and out.
Forster and the nearby town of Tuncurry offer endless opportunities for whale watching, dolphin spotting, treks, trails and hikes – along with some of the best beaches around. If you’re looking to get away from it all just a few hours from Sydney, then we have the property for you! With a variety of Forster holiday accommodation options perfect for couples, families, solo travellers and even the family pet, get ready to explore the best the local area has to offer – like a local.
To help you plan an amazing itinerary, here are just a few of the amazing experiences to enjoy when in town. Beautiful holiday accommodation, stunning natural beauty and everything you need in one place.
Whale Watching North of Sydney
During the whale watching season from June to late November, why not head out to sea with Amaroo Cruises. Experience an unforgettable Whale Watching Tour aboard the brand new $2.1M Whale Watching Adventure Cruise vessel the “AMAROO.” It will carry you into a wonderful world of majestic whales, where dreams come true. Humpback whales are the most inquisitive and acrobatic of all the great whales. They love to leap out of the water, smash their huge tails and pectoral fins against the surface, and will often approach the boat for a closer look.
Dolphin cruises run most days at 10:00 am (weather permitting). The cruise duration is approximately 2½-3 hours and includes morning tea. There are approximately 250-300 resident inshore Bottle-Nosed dolphins inhabiting the waters of Forster/Tuncurry. These local dolphins seem to be as interested in The Amaroo as we are in them. Further offshore you may encounter Common dolphins, sometimes massing in the hundreds – all as one pod. Quite a spectacle to say the least!
Dolphin Watch Cruises depart most days at 10:00 am from late November to May. These Common Dolphins are very active. Groups often surface, jump, splash and play together. The third species of dolphin you may also stumble upon is the Oceanic Dolphin. Sea birds including Ospreys, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Whistling Kites, Gannets and Albatross are a common sight, along with sharks, seals, penguins and turtles being frequently sighted
Reel Ocean Adventures
The aim of Reel Ocean Adventures is to offer passengers a fishing experience like no other in the Forster/Tuncurry area. A charter that will have you feeling welcomed from the moment you step onboard the immaculately presented 55’ charter vessel the ‘Illusion’. You’ll be treated to a happy vibrant atmosphere from the professional charter and cruise operators Phil and Noel Gogerly and Reel Ocean Adventures staff, who will have every guest feeling like they are more than just a number.
Reel Ocean Adventures focuses on charters with a difference, along with Fishing Charters, relaxing sunrise/sunset cruises and whale and dolphin watching is a major drawcard for tourists. Due to the size of ‘Illusion’ and the deck space, you’ll be able to get up close with some of the most breathtaking mammals or have space to relax and unwind on a cruise. As passengers walk around the deck, they will be able to take photos and videos to relive their experience to friends and family. Passengers will be treated to light snacks and refreshments on each charter/cruise
What are the best walks in Forster Tuncurry?
Sometimes, the best way to explore the best natural beauty, points of interest and attractions is on foot. Forster Tuncurry doesn’t disappoint on the walking trail front. Here are some of the best.
Forster – Tuncurry bridge around to the break walls.
Start at Beach Bums and grab a coffee, head north around to Forster Breakwall past the Forster Boat Harbour. Continue around to the bridge and walk along the dedicated path over the Bridge. Once to the end head to the right and walk around to Tuncurry Breakwall.
Forster boat harbour to Bennetts Head bicentennial lookout around to One Mile Beach.
Start at Forster Boat Harbour which can be accessed from the main street, head around to the right through the back of the caravan park, head past Forster Main beach and up the cliffs on the south end. Walk past Pebbly Beach and the Tanks, head up Frewin’s walk and continue up the hill along the cliffs to the lookout. Head to the right of the lookout down the windy paths through the bush until you get to the Sand Dune at One Mile Beach.
Cape Hawke lookout.
Positioned right at the northern end of the national park, this superb lookout is worth every step of the 500m hike through regenerating littoral rainforest. Pull-on your walking shoes and bring some binoculars and a camera – after approximately 420 steps you’ll reach an 8.4m tower with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. There’s Booti Booti to the south and Wallingat National Park beyond and slightly to the west. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Barrington Tops and Crowdy Bay National Park. Birdwatching is wonderful year-round here, with pelicans and terns in great abundance, but winter holds an extra special surprise – whales break the surface of the sea, blowing water, and there’s no better place to watch them in their annual migration.
Rainforest walk – North end – one-mile beach – suitable for dogs.
Head to the Northern end of the beach to where the toilets are, instead of walking out to the beach on the path head to the left to a walkway between the Golf course and the Toilets. This beautiful short walk is on a raised path and suitable for all ages. You walk along through the rainforest and end up at a small lookout at the end of the beach near the sand dunes.
Dog-friendly beaches in Forster Tuncurry?
If you’re travelling to Forster with your dog, you’ll be pleased to know that we offer some pretty amazing pet-friendly accommodation. Spend long days hiking the trails, exploring the national parks and relaxing on the beach with your four-legged fur baby. There are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in Forster/Tuncurry and the surrounding areas, but not all of them are dog friendly. Make sure you check the beach rule signs to check for timings on arrival.
Forster dog-friendly beaches
- One Mile Beach – Off leash area (North end) 5am – 8am & 5pm – 8pm
- Blueys Beach – Off-leash area 5 am – 8 am
- Boomerang Beach – Off-leash area 5 am – 8 am
- Pebbly Beach & The Tanks – On-leash but does include a long walk around Bennetts Head to One Mile Beach
- Forster Keys (Pipers Bay) – Off-leash (Great area for kayaking & paddle boarding)
Forster Dog-Free Beaches
- Forster Main Beach – Not permitted on the beach but there are walking paths around including a long walk around to the Forster Tuncurry Bridge
- Burgess Beach – Not permitted
- Seven Mile Beach – Not permitted
Tuncurry dog-friendly beaches
- Nine Mile Beach – Off-Leash (watch for 4WD) 3 pm – 8 am
- Tuncurry Dog Park – On/Off-leash area and fenced all times
- Diamond Beach – Off-leash (watch for horse riders)
Where are the boat ramps in Forster?
Looking to enjoy a little bit of seafaring on your own boat? If you’re towing and wondering where the best boat ramps are for easy access to the ocean, here are a few of the best local ones.
- Forster Boat Harbour
- Little St Baths
- Elizabeth Parade Reserve – Forster Keys
- Belton Park Point Road Tuncurry
- Elizabeth Beach Lakeside Crescent
- Pacific Palms Boat Ramp
Horse rides on the beach at Forster
Horseabout Tours is more than just a trail-ride. With experienced local guides who share their love of not just horses, but also the love of the local area and a passion for preserving the glorious surrounds – you are guaranteed an experience to remember. The horses are trained and nurtured by an experienced team and are rotated through the various grounds so they remain fresh and happy for your ride.
Each new rider is matched to a horse via a range of criteria from height, weight and experience ensuring you enjoy the most comfortable day of riding. All guides are locals and have a wealth of knowledge about the area, following strict environmental guidelines to preserve it for future generations.
How to reach Forster from Sydney?
The distance between Sydney and Forster is 223 km. The road distance is 304 km Taree Airport is 7km from Taree’s town centre. Forster Tuncurry is approximately a 3.5-hour drive north of Sydney. Follow the signs towards Taree and connect into Forster through Pacific Palms for the scenic drive or through Failford Road for the quickest time.
You can catch the train to Newcastle with a connecting bus straight to Forster or the train to Taree, where you can organise a taxi in advance. Use a taxi service to make the short trip northeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the regions of Manning Valley and the Great Lakes at your own pace.
Fly Pelican operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree six days a week and flies to Newcastle once a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.
That’s the Itinerary sorted, now where to stay?
Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly beachside property or holiday accommodation near the lake, we have options perfect for everyone. Our selection of Forster pet-friendly accommodation also makes it easy to enjoy your holiday without worrying about your pet’s wellbeing. Pack your bags, load up the car, get fido and the kids prepared and escape to a little slice of heaven just hours from the heart of Sydney.