Forster: On the Wild Side
Forster holidays encompass every sort of outdoor activity imaginable, rendering this Great Lakes destination ideal for hikers, bushwalkers, kayakers and anyone who loves being close to the water. Not only does Forster offer several beaches, the town has three interconnected lakes in its vicinity, so visitors can enjoy great surf as well as placid, peaceful waters. This natural, seemingly untouched part of the North Coast lets you explore its wonders at your own pace and features holiday rentals for every budget.
Discovering Forster’s Beaches
Boasting an oceanfront position, Forster is home to several beaches. The Main Beach is protected and safe for families with small children. Its 500 metres stretch from Forster Break to the Forster Ocean Baths. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales as you swim or walk along the sand! Pebbly Beach is another family-friendly beach with a unique feature: a rock pool. Of course, be mindful of the weather before you venture out. Pebbly Beach also remains a favourite spot for snorkelers.
If you’re bringing the family pet on holiday or are a keen surfer, head over to One Mile Beach, which includes an off-leash zone north of Collendina Park. The waves here can be quite strong, so caution is advised. At one end of the beach, you’ll find a sand dune and at the other, a rock shelter. And if you’re hungry, Cape Hawk’s Surf Club Kiosk operates at One Mile Beach.
Exploring Local Waterways
Forster benefits from a unique position, between the ocean and the Great Lakes network. As such, you can partake in a number of water-based activities along the coast and beyond. Fishing is a favourite local pastime, and with good reason. Around Forster, you can fish anywhere, from lakes to the river and even at the beach, and be certain of a good catch. If you want to learn more about marine life, you can go diving in the ocean or Wallis Lake. Contact Forster Dive Centre to organise your underwater adventure.
Finally, there is no better way to explore Forster and its surrounds than by kayak. Rent some gear and head out to explore the lakes: you’ll glide through gentle waters teeming with life and discover uninhabited islands and untouched beaches. Alternately, gain a different perspective of the shoreline and navigate the sea’s more challenging waters. You can hire kayaks and fishing equipment right in Forster at Blue Peter Boatshed.
Land-Based Outdoor Adventures
Continue your exploration of Forster and the Great Lakes out of the water, as numerous paths have been built for walkers and cyclists. First-time visitors to the area will enjoy a hike up to the top of Cape Hawke in Booti Booti National Park, just south of Forster, from which they can admire 360 degree views of the surrounding towns, coastline and hinterland. For a more urban experience, you can take a leisurely stroll from Forster to Tuncurry. To get the most of this 2km affair, walk along Forster’s Main Beach, lined by cafes, past the marina and over the bridge that connects the two towns, then make your way to Tuncurry’s break wall. If walking isn’t quite your thing, why not try horseback riding on the beach or in the bush? Horse About Tours in Tuncurry have exclusive access to hinterland and coastal trails and will be happy to arrange some equestrian activities for you.
National Parks around Forster
Forster is surrounded by national parks which are a wonder to explore time and time again. Booti Booti National Park can be found between the ocean and Wallis Lake. You can surf in the morning and kayak until sunset or immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, as this park once was an important landmark for the area’s ancient inhabitants. Depending on how long you’re staying around Forster, you can also visit Walingat National Park, composed primarily of Eucalyptus forests, which features the highest lookout point in the region, or head over to Myall Lakes National Park, which harbours deserted beaches, lush forests and trails to connect it all.
Final Notes on Forster
While Forster is a nature lover’s paradise, the town of 18,000 still offers a full range of services and amenities. When it comes to eating out, there are plenty of waterfront restaurants to choose from- you must try some seafood at Beach Street! Locals also speak very highly of the coffee on Wharf Street. And if you’re in need of some retail therapy, head over to Stockland Forster Shopping Centre. With all the modern conveniences of a big city, Forster is the perfect base for your Great Lakes getaway.