The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
It’s easy to see why Forster’s beaches have long been a main attraction in this area. Gorgeous stretches of sand, turquoise waters and a largely temperate climate make this stretch of NSW North Coast and its surrounds a popular getaway. Make the most of the local waters by joining a whale watching cruise, fishing, sailboarding or scuba diving - all popular activities.
Beaches around Forster
Divided by the narrow entrance of Wallis Lake, the twin towns of Forster-Tuncurry are popular family holiday destinations with beaches that stretch along more than 40km of coastline.
There are many family-friendly beaches in the area, most of which are patrolled. Forster’s Main Beach, stretching from a breakwall to the Forster Ocean Baths, is close to the centre of town and generally has very mild surf conditions which are suitable for both beginner and experienced surfers. The north end, near the Baths and by the entrance of the channel, does experience tidal currents and rips so please be attentive to all beach safety information and flags.
Nearby Pebbly Beach, named for the rock formations at either end, is a small, calm, sandy beach. For a more secluded beach cove, try Burgess Beach nearby. Framed by the beautiful Booti Booti National Park and Cape Hawke, its rocky outcrops are great for exploring.
Forster’s coastline also encompasses some of the most beautiful, quiet and varied surf locations in northern NSW. When the swell is large, head to the rock reef break known as Haydon's Rock, located at the southern end of the main beach. At Burgess Beach, you'll enjoy great body surfing when the conditions are right; Nine Mile Beach has spots with great waves most of the time, and Boomerang Beach and Blueys at Pacific Palms are also well-known surf beaches.
Other beaches not to miss include One Mile Beach and McBrides Beach, ideal for a day escape. Nine Mile Beach stretches south from Cape Hawke down to Booti Hill and the Ruins, and is great for fishing and surfing. There is a great little rock pool at the southern end of Nine Mile, and there are ocean baths at the southern end of One Mile Beach.
Enjoy NSW beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips
Always swim between the red and yellow flag; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.