Things to do in Forster - in the Water!
The New South Wales coastal town of Forster is known for its crystal clear waters and endless opportunities for aquatic adventures. Make sure you pack your bathers, goggles and a towel when you head to this stunning holiday destination.
Free Spirit Cruises
Take one of Waterline Boathouses's Free Spirit cruises to get a close-up look at the aquamarine waters of Forster's Wallis Lake. The child-friendly, wheelchair-accessible boat is the perfect way to spend your day out, and many people have been lucky enough to spot dolphins frolicking in the water as they've cruised through.
Wallis Lake is one of Australia's cleanest lakes, and has four rivers feeding into it. Along with being a popular boating spot, it's beloved for its fishing, swimming and water skiing options. Try the Free Spirit lunch cruise, which takes you on a 2.5-hour eco-cruise around the lake. This gives you the chance to spot some dolphins in their natural habitat as well as fit in a lunch break. There's also a shorter coffee cruise option, which offers special group rates. Speaking of groups, special charters include the Great Lakes Winery Cruise, Wallamba River Cruise and Pacific Palms Cruise, so get in touch to discuss these options with the Free Spirit team.
If you'd rather go it alone, Waterhouse Boathouse offers a range of boat and kayak hire options, letting you be the captain of your own ship.
Action Divers and Ocean Quest Deep Sea Fishing
Team up with Action Divers and Ocean Quest Deep Sea Fishing Charters Forster for a thrilling day on the water.
Start off with a dive in the Forster region with the only PADI 5 Star Dive Centre within two hours of the region. There are plenty of areas to explore in Forster's deep blue sea, including Idol Bay. This dive offers the widest variety of marine life in Forster, giving you the chance to encounter loggerhead turtles, blue gropers, sea urchins, moray eels and red line shrimp. You'll be submerged to just under ten metres below sea level, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore all the nooks and crannies of this stunning dive area.
Another superb location is at The Bait Grounds. This spot is perfect for boat diving, shore dicing and even snorkelling, meaning everyone can participate. The reef is around 75 metres long and 20 metres wide, covered in kelp that is home to an abundance of sea life. Keep your eyes peeled for red line cleaner shrimp, Wobbegong sharks, baitfish and even the occasional grey nurse shark.
For yet another superb dive, try Haydens Rock. It's a large rocky outcrop halfway between Pebbly Beach and Forster's Main Beach, and is suited to everyone from the absolute beginner through to the advanced diver. Here you can see small tropical fish, blue groper, stingrays and bull rays. If you look closely in the reef, you may even spot puffer fish and crayfish species.
If you'd rather stay dry while you explore these waters, check out a fishing charter from Ocean Quest Deep Sea Fishing. Take home some snapper, flathead, leather jackets, trevally or trag to feed the family.
Try a half day fishing charter where everything is provided, from the equipment and bait, right through to lunch. The team will help you with baiting books, reeling in fish and even cleaning off your bounty at the end of the day. Charters depart from Forster Boat Harbour, with a 9.1m tri-hull 'Habana' vessel transporting you through the water with two powerful engines, making this one smooth, stable ride. There's an on-board toilet and top deck viewing platform, which provides the chance to spot a few whales when you feel like taking a break from fishing.
After the charter you have the choice to take home your freshly-caught and cleaned fish to enjoy with your lovely ones or cook it straight away on the waterfront barbecues.
Great Lakes Surf School
Learn how to surf or extend your skills with Great Lakes Surf School. It operates between Forster and Seal Rocks on NSW's mid north coast, and offers a safe, fun and education surf experience in a pristine location.
The school offers expert surf tuition for all ages and levels of ability. Learn about ocean awareness, including surf lifesaving, resuscitation and safety, along with how to read ocean behaviour and weather patterns to stay safe in the waves.
Beginners will enjoy the chance to ride a surfboard, as well as learn surf awareness and unwritten rules in the water. Those at intermediate level can enjoy lessons on turning, taking off, dropping down a forming wave and other surfing manoeuvres. Even advanced surfers have plenty to gain from the Great Lakes Surf School, including video-guided technique improvements, contest strategies, fitness training and specialised mental and physical skill drills.
Forster Dive Centre
Forster Dive Centre has a range of water activities to enjoy, one of which is stand-up paddle boarding.
Explore Forster's calm estuary waters on a stable paddle board that is a cross between a kayak and a surfboard. Beginners can start by kneeling on the surfboard and paddling from there, moving to a standing position once getting settled on the water.
Paddle boarding is a fantastic full-body workout that is as soothing as it is challenging. You will need to factor in wind speeds and currents before you take to the water, however.
You may also wish to try kayaking around the Great Lakes. Hire one of Forster Dive Centre's kayaks to get an upper body workout as you float along the water.
Of course, Forster Dive Centre also offers a range of scuba diving opportunities, with SSI scuba diving courses ranging from Try Scuba Diving through to Divemaster levels. Dive sites include Big Seal Rock, Idol Bay, Forster Barge, Forster Pinnacle and Latitude Rock.