Positioned at the northern tip of the Great Lakes region, Forster spoils you with pristine beaches, national parks, fresh seafood and water sports. Whale watching is popular during migration, while local markets, film festivals and art exhibitions showcase local culture.
Things to do in Forster
With the sprawling Wallis Lake on one side and beautiful Tasman Sea beaches on the other, Forster offers an array of outdoor activities. Head to Wallis Lake for boating, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing. Alternatively, Forster Main Beach offers natural rock pools and sits next to Pebbly Beach, which is a popular spot for snorkelling.
Want to surf? Drive along The Lakes Way and stop off at Seven Mile Beach, which has excellent breaks, soft sand and stunning Tasman Sea vistas from Cape Hawke. If fishing is more your style, organise a deep-sea fishing charter or sample fresh oysters farmed in Wallis Lake. You can also explore Booti Booti National Park for nature hikes, birdwatching, mountain biking and whale watching in the winter.
Golfers will enjoy teeing off at the beachfront Forster Tuncurry Golf Club, which boasts challenging holes, a pro shop and on-site restaurant serving casual fare. Afterwards, take the kids out for a buffet dinner at Danny’s Family Restaurant or enjoy seafood while admiring uninterrupted ocean vistas at Beach Bums Cafe.
Learn more about the Great Lakes at the Great Lakes Museum in the neighbouring town of Tuncurry. It’s home to historic artefacts showcasing the region’s past, including photos and old maritime equipment. Time your visit for the monthly Car Boot Sale, when you can pick up handmade goods and watch live entertainment.
Getting around Forster
Forster is about a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney along the M1 and Pacific Highway. You can also fly from Sydney into Taree Airport, before renting a car and driving 35 minutes. Forster is best explored on foot, in a private car or by a catching taxi.