Forster is the larger town of the Forster-Tuncurry two town holiday resorts. Forster is also the high-rise, modern and brash tourism aspect of the region. All modern and impersonal. That said the beaches, inlets, fishing opportunities and services are first rate.

Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination; in the hotter months the population increases considerably.

The most popular beaches are Forster Main beach and One Mile beach, serviced by Forster and Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Clubs respectively. Pebbly Beach is popular with local surfers.

Forster is named after William Forster, who was briefly Premier of New South Wales and who later served as Agent General in London. The first Post Office in Forster opened on 1st October 1872, with John Wyllie Breckenridge as postmaster at a salary of £10 a year.

There are no surviving buildings from the early days. The Forster Lakes and Oceans Hotel, one and only has been looking after the locals though for many years.

In keeping with everything else all of congregational churches are in impersonal buildings. The Anglican a slight exception.

The Forster War Memorial is at the RSL car park (some 3k removed from the town centre) and saved by the presence of a tank to give the acknowledgement profile.

‘Young’ resort towns rely on the beaches and ‘there is lots of action’ to fulfill the holiday needs, so if this is you great!!!! But on its own Forster doesn’t stack for a visit.  Thank goodness for Tuncurry.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course