Beautiful beaches and delicious oysters

A haven for water activities, Forster is a seaside town in the beautiful Great Lakes. Enjoy gorgeous beaches such a Forster Main Beach, which has ocean baths, taste fresh plump oysters, and walk to spectacular national park lookouts. Whale watching is popular, too.

  • Diamond Head Beach - Image National Parks and Debby McGerty
  • One Mile Beach, Forster

About Forster

Dolphin and whale cruises, fishing, sailboarding and scuba diving are among the water activities in Forster, just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney in the marvellous Great Lakes region. The beaches around Forster are beautiful, starting with Main Beach and its ocean baths.

A short walk from Main Beach is Pebbly Beach, a popular location for snorkelling. Other beaches to enjoy include One Mile Beach and McBrides Beach, ideal to escape for a day. Seven Mile Beach stretches south from Cape Hawke to Booti Hill and the Ruins, great for fishing and surfing.

Booti Booti National Park

Few places offer such a superb choice of fishing, from deep-sea charters to lake, rock and river or beach fishing. Amble along the Bicentennial Trail, sample fresh local oysters farmed in Wallis Lake and explore Booti Booti National Park, a narrow isthmus between the lake and the sea.

For spectacular views, climb the stairs of Cape Hawke lookout in the national park. Whales migrate along the coast of NSW between May and November. You can take a whale-watching cruise with Amaroo Cruises in Forster. Dolphin-watching cruises are available, too.

Dunbogan Beach, Crowdy Bay National Park - Image National Parks, Gemma Worth

You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in Forster to suit various budgets. Popular events include the prestigious Jeff Wilcox Memorial bodyboarding competition and both Opera by the Lake and the Lakeside Festival are held in the twin seaside town of Tuncurry.

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 5 km from Taree’s town centre. Use the taxi services 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.

Regional Express services the airport with direct flights to and from Sydney and Newcastle. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.

  1. Booti Booti National Park

    Booti Booti National Park

    Made up of an 8km peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and stunning Wallis Lake, Booti Booti National Park was created in 1992 and covers 1,566ha of scenic headlands, beautiful beaches, refreshing rainforest, and 11km...

  2. Cape Hawke lookout

    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...

  3. Forster Town Beach

    Forster Town Beach

    Forster Main Beach is located on North Street.The beach fronts an area of 563 metres from Forster Breakwall to the Forster Ocean Baths. It is a protected beach, making it ideal for families. There...

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