Foster, Heather Downing / Foster Community

Population 1039

Foster was originally a goldmining town settled in the 1870s. The town boasts close access to Wilsons Promontory – affectionately called 'the Prom' – and is a popular base for visitors. Set in the centre of a rich agricultural area, Foster is the main shopping precinct for the Prom, Corner Inlet and Waratah Bay.

Visitor Information

Prom Country Visitor Information Centre, cnr McDonald and Main sts; (03) 5655 2233 or 1800 630 704

Nearby national parks

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • The Lakes National Park

    The Lakes National Park in Gippsland is a birdwatcher’s paradise, a tranquil retreat edged by the blue waters of Victoria and Reeve...more

Nearby towns

  • Welshpool

    Welshpool is a small dairying community in South Gippsland. On the coast nearby, Port Welshpool is a deep-sea port servicing the local...more

  • Leongatha

    Leongatha is a thriving town, considered the commercial centre of South Gippsland. Idyllically positioned as a gateway to Gippsland...more

  • Korumburra

    Established in 1887, Korumburra stands firmly as the heritage centre of South Gippsland. The township was a primary producer of black coal...more

In Town

Historical Museum: in old post office; Main St.

Stockyard Gallery: Main St.

Hayes Walk: view the site of Victory Mine, Foster's largest goldmine; starts in town behind the carpark.

Pearl Park: picturesque picnic spot.


Wilsons Promontory National Park The Prom is well loved across the state for its wild and untouched scenery. Its 130 km coastline is framed by granite headlands, mountains, forests and fern gullies. Bordered on all sides by sea, it hangs from Victoria by a thin, sandy isthmus. Limited road access means opportunities for walking are plentiful. The park features dozens of walking tracks, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging overnight hikes that take visitors to one of 11 campsites only accessible by foot. Hikes range from beginner to intermediate, and permits are required. Detailed information is provided at the park's own visitor centre: the remnants of a commando training camp from WW II. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; 32 km S.

Toora An internationally recognised wetland site located on Corner Inlet, it is renowned for the huge variety of migratory birds that nest in the area. Toora is also home to Agnes Falls, a wind farm, a lavender farm and the Bird Hide where you can watch migratory and indigenous birdlife. 12 km E.

Foster North Lookout: 6 km NW.

Wineries: Windy Ridge Winery; 10 km S.

Fish Creek: A rural village, which attracts many visitors en route to the Prom. From the novelty of the giant mullet on top of the Promontory Gate Hotel to the fish-shaped seats around town, there is more to this unusually themed town than meets the eye. Galleries and vineyards are located in the area. Access the Great Southern Trail and walk, ride or cycle your way to Foster. Nearby Mt Nicol offers a lookout with spectacular views; 13 km SW.

Turtons Creek Reserve:

features mountain ash, blackwood and tree ferns, and a small waterfall. Bush camping is available; 18 km N.

Coastal towns: popular bases during summer months; Sandy Pt, 22 km S; Waratah Bay, 34 km SW; Walkerville, 36 km SW.

Cape Liptrap: views over rugged coastline and Bass Strait; 46 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Corner Inlet 9 km

The sheltered waters of Corner Inlet yield snapper, salmon, whiting and trevally, and the area is popular with game fishermen because it offers the safest ocean entrance between Westernport Bay and Eden in NSW. Port... Find out more

Tarwin River 21 km

Estuary perch are the saltwater equivalent of Australian bass, and are highly regarded as sport fish. The Tarwin River is among the more exalted of Victoria’s estuary systems with a solid reputation for producing... Find out more

Shallow Inlet 22 km

Shallow Inlet is one of few places in Victoria where you can launch your boat off the beach. You can reach the inlet via Sandy Point or from the Wilsons Promontory side, turning from the Fish Creek–Yanakie road. ... Find out more

Venus Bay 36 km

Victoria’s annual run of Australian salmon hits the surf beaches in autumn and runs through the winter. South Gippsland beaches are traditionally among the hottest for salmon action. Winter sees beaches from... Find out more

Anderson Inlet 36 km

Some would argue that Anderson Inlet, near Inverloch, isn’t an estuary but a bay. It has three creeks, Screw, Pound and Cherry Tree, plus the Tarwin River flowing in to it, and is situated about 140 km south-east... Find out more

Port Albert 44 km

Port Albert in South Gippsland has become increasingly popular with anglers looking for size and variety.  The huge snapper that arrive every spring remain a major attraction, but they are just one  part of the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Birdwatching around Gippsland 9 km

This stretch of Victorian coast offers some of the best birdwatching in the country. Two locations, both Ramsar-listed, are worth a visit. Protected by the northern arm of Wilsons Promontory, the wetlands of Corner... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Grand Ridge Brewery 28 km

One of the country’s longest-running craft breweries began life as the Strzelecki Brewery in 1988, but operated for only a brief period before being re-branded as Grand Ridge under new ownership. Over the ensuing... Find out more

Campsites around town

Turtons Creek camping area 14 km

You can camp without facilities beside Turtons Creek about 18 km north of Foster. Near the campsite, reached via Turtons Creek Rd, which branches off the Boolarra–Foster Rd, you’ll find a lovely little... Find out more

Shallow Inlet camping area 18 km

This campground is 4 km west of Yanakie at the end of Lester Rd, just outside the boundary of the marvellous Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park. The sheltered waters of the park are ideal for swimming, canoeing and... Find out more

Little Snake Island camping areas (boat-based camping) 24 km

Little Snake Island is closer to the Gippsland coast than its larger neighbour; it’s just offshore from Port Welshpool. As with Snake Island, the only access is by boat, and a permit is needed to camp here. The... Find out more

Tin Mine Cove camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

Tin Mine Cove is at the north-eastern tip of Wilsons Promontory, west of Mt Hunter. It requires 11 km of very difficult walking to get here from Lower Barry Creek. Have a swim in Corner Inlet or at the nearby Chinaman... Find out more

Morwell River camping areas 27 km

Blackfish, trout and crayfish are the prime targets for anglers when they set themselves up along the banks of the Morwell River. If you’re a like-minded soul, head for one of the campsites strung out along Morwell... Find out more

Lower Barry Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 29 km

From the Five Mile Rd carpark, you’ll need to walk for 9.7 km to reach Lower Barry Creek – the route leads east down Five Mile Rd before branching north on a separate trail that starts just to the west of... Find out more

Walkerville camping area 29 km

Popular with many families who return year after year, this camping reserve has great facilities and is kept neat and tidy by the staff. Close by are surf beaches for adults, as well as safe beaches for kids. Walking... Find out more

Snake Island camping areas (boat-based camping) 31 km

The largest sand island in Victoria has 3 official places for campers: Swashway, Gulf and Huts. None has facilities, so you need to be self-sufficient. Surf-fishing and walking to the remote reaches of the island,... Find out more

Middle Creek camping area (bush camping) 31 km

From the small town of Yinnar, south of the Strzelecki Hwy, get onto Middle Creek Rd and follow it for 10 km to the south-east. Here, at a secluded spot beside Middle Creek, you’ll find a small bush-camping area... Find out more

Barry Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 32 km

As with the other campsites around the national park, you can’t stay at the Barry Creek camping area for more than 2 nights. From the carpark on Five Mile Rd, which leads east off Wilsons Promontory Rd, it’s... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Traralgon Park Lane Holiday Park 54 km

This is a very good quality park with gleaming amenities and excellent facilities. The park is about 2 km east of town, on the highway. It is a great base to explore the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Basia Mille Luxury Apartments

Translating as ‘one thousand passionate kisses’, Basia Mille is the home of Geraldine and Tony Conabere, and is situated along the South Gippsland wine trail. Located on undulating farmland overlooking... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Trafalgar park area 50 km

At Trafalgar

Middle of town via the service road.

What's on around town

Tastes of Prom Country: Jan.

Great Southern Portrait Prize: Jan.

Prom Coast Seachange Festival: Apr.

Mt Best Art Show: Apr.

Prom Country Challenge: fun run; Aug.

Promontory Home Produce and Craft Market: Nov–Apr.

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