Population 18374

Located in the Great Lakes district, Forster is connected to its twin town, Tuncurry, by a concrete bridge across Wallis Lake, forming one large resort town. The area has an excellent reputation for its fishing and seafood, particularly its oysters.

Visitor Information

2 Little St; (02) 6554 8799 or 1800 802 692

Nearby national parks

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Crowdy Bay National Park

    Crowdy Bay National Park runs along the state’s mid-north coast, a ribbon of lowlands with rocky outcrops and sandy beaches just south...more

  • Barrington Tops National Park

    World Heritage–listed Barrington Tops National Park spans a world of contrasts, from subalpine tablelands and peaks wreathed in...more

Nearby towns

  • Taree

    Taree is a big modern town on the Manning River and the commercial hub of the Manning River district. It is well known for its handicrafts...more

  • Wingham

    Heritage-listed Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley. It has many Federation buildings surrounding the enchanting town common,...more

  • Bulahdelah

    Bulahdelah is a pretty town at the foot of Bulahdelah Mountain (known to locals as Alum Mountain because of the alunite that was mined...more

In Town

Forster Arts and Crafts Centre: the largest working craft centre in NSW; Breese Pde.

Tobwabba Art Studio: specialises in urban coastal Aboriginal art; Cnr Breckenridge and Little sts, Forster.

Pebbly Beach Bicentennial Walk: gentle and scenic 2km walk to Bennetts Head, beginning at baths off North St, Forster.

Wallis Lake Fishermen's Co-op: fresh and cooked oysters and ocean fish; Wharf St, Tuncurry.

Dolphin-spotting and lake cruises: bookings at visitor centre. Dolphins can also be seen from Tuncurry Breakwall and Bennetts Head.


Booti Booti National Park An ideal spot for water activities, Booti Booti National Park has beautiful beaches including Elizabeth, Boomerang and Blueys beaches, all fabulous for surfing, swimming and fishing. Elizabeth Beach is patrolled by lifesavers in season. The lookout tower on Cape Hawke offers 360-degree views over Booti Booti and Wallingat national parks, the foothills of the Barrington Tops, Seal Rocks and Crowdy Bay. 17 km S.

Cape Hawke: steep 400 m track to summit for views of Wallis Lake, Seal Rocks and inland to Great Dividing Range; 8 km S.

The Green Cathedral: open-air church with pews and altar, sheltered by cabbage palm canopy; Tiona, on the shores of Wallis Lake; 13 km S.

Smiths Lake: sheltered lake for safe swimming; 30 km S.

Tours of Great Lakes area

: kayak, 4WD, nature and eco-tours, including bushwalks; brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 70 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 55 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 69 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Murray's Craft Brewing Company 83 km

But there’s a-nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear, Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer. So sang the late country singing legend Slim Dusty and, more importantly, the words of the famous song were penned... Find out more

The Little Brewing Company 88 km

Australia’s new breed of brewer can arrive at the craft by sometimes circuitous routes. For Warwick Little, that included 20 years as an ambulance officer, home brewing, a wine science course and a pair of... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Ruins camping area 14 km

Cabbage tree palms and paperbarks surround this sprawling campground at the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, next to the parks office. There are a number of walks in the area, including the 7 km Booti Hill walking... Find out more

Wallingat River camping area 19 km

Perched on the banks of tranquil Wallingat River, this site is small and peaceful; campers can fish, paddle, watch for wildlife and while away the hours in solitude. It’s off River Rd, via Sugar Creek Rd. Note:... Find out more

Neranie Head camping area 26 km

Neranie Head is at the far-north end of the national park, on the north-eastern shores of Myall Lake. There’s a boat ramp nearby, and there is a short walk to the historic cemetery on Neranie Headland. You can get... Find out more

Farquhar Park Camping Ground 28 km

Farquhar Park is 8 km south of Manning Point, near the mouth of the Manning River at Old Bar. It’s 4WD only at low tide across Smiths Beach; alternatively, there’s boat access. Take your off-road camper... Find out more

Yagon camping area 31 km

This is a top location, sheltered behind the dunes, close to the beach, Seal Rocks and Sugarloaf Point Lighthouse, and away from the conglomeration of camping sites to the south around the lakes. To get here, turn on to... Find out more

Shelley Beach camping area (walk-in and boat-based camping) 33 km

This is a walk-in or boat-based campsite located 10 km north-east of Bombah Point on Myall Lake. If you’re on foot, it’s an 11 km walk via the Old Gibber fire trail, off Mungo Brush Rd. Bring drinking water... Find out more

Bungaree Bay camping area 36 km

Tucked away on the banks of Boolambayte Lake beneath paperbarks and casuarinas, Bungaree Bay is accessible from Violet Hill Rd, off the Lakes Way. The turn-off to the Lakes Way is 18 km past Buladelah on the Pacific Hwy.... Find out more

Violet Hill camping area 37 km

A great base for lakeside activities, Violet Hill camping area includes a boat ramp, a wharf and a smattering of boat moorings. There’s space for campervans and trailers, although the main campsite area is closed... Find out more

Sunnyside camping area (boat-based camping) 37 km

This charmingly named camping spot can be found on the western shore of Two Mile Lake, between this and Boolambayte Lake. Bring your own drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Mackaway Bay (boat-based camping) 39 km

You’ll find this site on the western shore of Two Mile Lake, between this and Boolambayte Lake. It’s a good spot to choose if it’s a windy day. Bring drinking water, firewood and gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Forster Beach Caravan Park

This council-operated park is just a 2-minute walk from the centre of town, located on the headland overlooking the estuary and town centre. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Forster Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park 2 km

This is a quality park on the water’s edge. It is in a quieter area of town but just a short distance from the town centre. There is a good range of facilities and bookings are required in peak periods; a... Find out more

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village 2 km

This is a quality, award-winning park with great holiday entertainment and a range of activities all year round. A good family park, it is set in a wonderful subtropical palm grove. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Beachfront Holiday Resort 14 km

A great quality park with good management, this place offers a range of facilities and is close to the beach. It is set in a quiet spot off the main road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Sandbar and Bushland Caravan Parks 23 km

Some 20 km south of Forster, this park at Sandbar is tucked away in a secluded bush location on the shores of the tranquil Smiths Lake, just a short walk from Sandbar Beach. There are in fact two separate parks here, one... Find out more

Lanis on the Beach 25 km

Close to the popular Old Bar beach and suitable for an overnight stay or a family holiday, this is a neatly maintained, peaceful family park with wonderful grassy sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Seal Rocks Holiday Park 28 km

The Seal Rocks Camping Reserve is located in an idyllic position overlooking a popular beach. The park’s powered sites are very popular and bookings are necessary. The camp’s access road still includes 2.7 km... Find out more

Dawson River Tourist Park 32 km

This park is on the banks of the Dawson River with sites right to the water’s edge. Recent developments have greatly improved this older style park.... Find out more

East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park 35 km

This is a quality, award-winning caravan park just a short walk from 14 km of unspoiled ocean beach. The park has excellent facilities for people with disabilities. It is a quiet place where a few days could slip by very... Find out more

Alum Mountain Caravan Park 37 km

Located on the northern edge of town alongside the Pacific Highway, this is an older park with basic facilities. It is very convenient for an overnight stop or as a base to explore the local lakes and forests. Dogs are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Tokelau Guest House

Tokelau Guest House is situated on the Wallis Lake foreshore, with five guest suites tucked away inside the Federation-style home (c. 1909). All suites open onto a private balcony or garden and have all the amenities one... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Talawahl Creek rest area 16 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Wang Wauk rest area 18 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Four Mile Hill rest area 25 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Newmans Road rest areas 27 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 36 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Coopernook Forest camping area 44 km

T/O to Moorland South

Large grassed campground surrounded by forest located 4km west of the highway via Forest Rd (partly unsealed).

Tom Cat Creek rest area 48 km

33km N of Taree (L) or 87km S of Kempsey (R)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 53 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 54 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Station Creek rest area 62 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Burrawan rest area 73 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 82 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.

Twelve Mile Hill rest area 83 km

15km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Medowie Road rest area 84 km

57km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Surrounded by trees just off the highway. For southbound only.

Motorway Park Area 85 km

73 km N of Taree (R) or 47 km S of Kempsey (L)

Highway Service Centre.

What's on around town

Forster Town Markets: Town Park; 2nd Sun each month. Forster Farmers' Market: Forster Visitor Centre, Little St; 3rd Sat each month.

Tuncurry Markets: John Wright Park; 4th Sat each month.

comments powered by Disqus