Beaches in Forster and Taree

From surf breaks to family-friendly beaches, the spectacular coastline around Forster delivers a spectacular 40km of sand-kissed oceanfront. Roll out a towel or take a plunge into the invigorating waves near relaxed seaside towns that are home to restaurants, bars and family attractions.

Coastal aerial of Pebbly Beach and Bicentennial Walk in Forster, North Coast

Best beaches

At the entrance of Wallis Lake, Forster’s Main Beach stretches from the Forster Breakwall to the Forster Ocean Baths. Sheltered by Bennetts Head, this beach is also the starting point for the Bicentennial Walk, which leads to One Mile Beach. A short walk is Pebbly Beach, a popular location for snorkelling.

Between Forster and Pacific Palms, a scenic 20-minute drive down The Lakes Way along the Booti Booti National Park peninsula, you’ll find gorgeous beaches including:

  • Main Beach, with mild surf conditions suitable for beginners and experienced surfers
  • One Mile Beach, popular with surfers and families, and patrolled during holidays
  • Pebbly Beach, named for its rock formations, this is a small, calm and sandy beach
  • Burgess Beach, a secluded beach cove framed by beautiful Cape Hawke
  • McBrides Beach, found at the end of Cape Hawkes Road, this is an ideal day escape
  • Seven Mile Beach, stretching south from Cape Hawke to Booti Hill and the Ruins, a great spot for fishing and surfing.
Kids running on One Mile Beach in Forster and Taree, North Coast


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 Forster’s 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. Please be attentive to all beach safety information and flags.


NSW Beach Safety

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Always swim between the red and yellow flags; 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