- Beautiful beaches & lakes
- Access to many national parks
- Diving with grey nurse sharks
Clinging to a land spit between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Forster presents the best of the life aquatic, with boating, fishing, paddling and surfing all part of its laid-back charm. The town makes a great base for exploring the Barrington Coast, with water-based adventure activities including whale and dolphin-watching cruises, scuba diving and sailboarding. Or simply relax on its beautiful beaches from Main Beach to Pacific Palms.
Life’s a beach
The coastline between Forster and Booti Booti National Park features 40km of sand, perfect for escaping the crowds and finding quietude. In the heart of Forster is Main Beach, stretching from the breakwall to the ocean baths known as The Bull Ring. Protected from large swells, this patrolled beach is great for families to play on, as well as being close to cafes and shops.
It’s also the starting point for the four-kilometre Bicentennial Walk, which leads to the rocky inlet of Pebbly Beach before continuing to the dunes of One Mile Beach. The remote Seven Mile Beach stretches from Cape Hawke to Tiona, and backs onto Booti Booti National Park.
Whether casting a line from the breakwall, heading out into the deep sea, or meandering around the lake in a tinny, Forster is a mecca for fisherfolk. Self-drive by hiring a boat from the Marina (no boating license required); or join a charter tour such as Reel Ocean Adventures for deep sea, reef and game fishing excursions with expert advice.
Meet the locals
During whale migration season between May and November, you can take a whale watching cruise with Amaroo Cruises for a close-up view of the frolicking cetaceans. You can also spot whales from the top of Bennett’s Head, which offers fantastic 360-degree views of Forster and the surrounding beaches.
At Fisherman’s Wharf, you can also join Dive Forster for memorable scuba experiences, including visiting a grey nurse shark site. They also offer tours from November to April where you can swim with wild dolphins.
Eat & drink
After a day on the water, a cold beer goes down a treat! The Coastal Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewing inspired by the natural beauty of the Barrington Coast. Sample the beers or take a tour of the brewery. Meanwhile, seafood lovers can relax over a lazy lunch of freshly-chucked oysters on the sunny deck at Hamilton’s Oyster Bar, just one of several oyster farmers growing Sydney Rock Oysters in Wallis Lake.
Getting there & where to stay
Forster is the vibrant heart of the spectacular Barrington Coast region, a 3hr 45min drive from Sydney and 35min drive from Taree Airport. Coaches and trains also run from Sydney, via Newcastle. You can make this a memorable stop on a North Coast road trip. Fly Pelican currently operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree twice a week.
You’ll find plenty of accommodation options in Forster to suit various budgets, from hotels, motels, and cottages to bed and breakfasts and holiday parks. There are also lovely riverside and beachside campgrounds in Myall Lake National Park and Booti Booti National Park.
Fly into Taree Airport
Taree Airport is 7km 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.
Fly Pelican operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree twice a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.