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Explore the ancient rainforests and countless waterways of this coastal town, from scenic estuaries and sheltered beaches to refreshing rivers and wild surf breaks.

Bordered by stunning North Coast beaches and curving estuarine foreshore, Forster is an idyllic holiday location for adventure and relaxation on the water. Explore magnificent ocean beaches, the Great Lakes Region and Wallis Lake. Bushwalk along mountain trails, go on dolphin-watching tours and taste fresh Wallis Lake oysters.

Visit Forster Main Beach. This exceptional family-friendly beach has good surf breaks, an ocean bath, rock pools and shallow lagoons. Take kids to nearby Burgess Beach or One Mile Beach, the latter patrolled by lifeguards during summer. McBrides Beach offers a secluded cove in Booti Booti National Park; however, this beach is unpatrolled. Hunt for the best surf breaks along Pebbly Beach or Seven Mile Beach, which begins at Cape Hawke and extends to Booti Hill.

Try deep-sea fishing or go whale watching in winter. Check out the scenic waterways around Wallis Lake and the Wallamba River, which feeds into Forster’s beautiful surrounding estuary. Kayak across the still lake or join a charter boat tour.

Discover Forster’s contemporary Aboriginal culture at Tobwabba Art, an indigenous owned and operated collective that promotes and supports the region’s talented artists. Try fresh oysters from Wallis Lake farms, paired with a glass of regional wine.

Forster is close to breathtaking natural reserves, including the Booti Booti National Park and its ancient rainforests, pristine beaches and headlands. Hike through littoral rainforest to the summit of Mount Hawke and be rewarded with panoramic North Coast views.

Forster is located in the North Coast region of New South Wales. It is 308 kilometres (191 miles) from Sydney and accessible via regional bus and train, as well as by plane to nearby Taree Airport. Stay in ocean-fronting hotels and self-contained cabins or try camping by the main beach and in the national park. The array of beaches and watersports attractions makes Forster a great summer holiday location. Alternatively, enjoy a quieter winter experience in the stunning Great Lakes and North Coast regions.

Top hotels in Forster

Island Palms Motor Inn
Island Palms Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
115 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$106 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in the heart of Forster, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Leon Island, Forster Marina and Miles Island. The Sanctuary and One Mile Beach are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (638 reviews)

"We were pleased to find that the bed had a blanket, rather than a doona, which seems to be extremely popular lately. We cannot sleep under a doona because they get too hot, so we try to avoid accommodation that go with this trend. There has been an unwritten rule about motel parking, that is plainly ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2020

Island Palms Motor Inn
The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 West Street, Forster, NSW
The price is AU$207 per night from 14 Dec. to 15 Dec.

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Forster Town Beach, Pebbly Beach, and Miles Island. Forster Marina and Leon Island are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (402 reviews)

"Location couldn’t have been better, going to sleep with the waves crashing on the beach was awesome. Room was a great size for a couple for 2 days & very clean. Bed was extremely uncomfortable though, more than 2 nights would have been hard to do."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2020

The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
Tuncurry Motor Lodge
Tuncurry Motor Lodge
3.5 out of 5
132 Manning Street, Tuncurry, NSW
The price is AU$99 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tuncurry Rock Pool, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Forster Town Beach and Forster Marina. Forster-Tuncurry ...

4.3/5Excellent! (231 reviews)

"Property very clean and well proportioned. Friendly staff. Advised the staff one of the bedside lamp bulb was missing, it was replaced when we came back from walk. Very efficient."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2020

Tuncurry Motor Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Forster

Tiona Palms Holiday Park
Tiona Palms Holiday Park
2 out of 5
4451 The Lakes Way, Tiona, NSW
The price is AU$145 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Situated on the beach, this campsite is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Booti Booti National Park and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Elizabeth Beach. Shelly Beach and Boomerang Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)

"Location is fantastic. Facilities were clean. Staff very friendly and accomodating. Path to beach might need some trimming. Would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2020

Tiona Palms Holiday Park
Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
3 out of 5
33 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW

This family-friendly Forster campsite is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Forster Marina and Forster-Tuncurry Golf Course. One Mile Beach and Great Lakes ...

4.1/5Very Good! (173 reviews)

"Friendly staff, great place and good value for money"…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2020

Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
Beachfront Hallidays Point
Beachfront Hallidays Point
3.5 out of 5
21 Redhead Road, Hallidays Point, Red Head, NSW

Offering direct access to the beach, this Red Head campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Black Head Beach and Diamond Beach. Shelly Beach and Pebbly Beach are also ...

3.7/5Good! (138 reviews)

"Great location. House was very clean. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Will come back ."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2020

Beachfront Hallidays Point
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Forster


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5/5 - Excellent

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30 Mar. 2020

Loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Mar. 2020

Love Forster and Tuncurry, what’s to say? The area has everything you could need.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Feb. 2020

It was lovely for a wedding on the lake but the mosquitoes drove us crazy.

4/5 - Good


3 Feb. 2020

Great climate. Fabulous food. Beautiful waterways. Low key.

3/5 - Okay


9 Jan. 2020

Hasn’t changed in over 20 years. A little underwhelming

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Dec. 2019

Absolutely beautiful, loved it!

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