Forster

Travel Guide
Forster which includes general coastal views, a sandy beach and a coastal town

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.

Where to stay in Forster

Island Palms Motor Inn
Island Palms Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
115 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW, 2428
The price is ¥9,283 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (733 reviews)
"Gayle's place is well worth staying, cleanliness, accessibility, safety. We will definitely book again when in Forster😊"

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2022

Island Palms Motor Inn
Hotel Forster
Hotel Forster
3 out of 5
26 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW, 2428
The price is ¥12,956 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (345 reviews)
"Had a great stay. Nice and clean, friendly staff. Comfortable beds and fit our family of 4 nicely. Breakfast was great and on time. The pool looked amazing but we didn’t get to swim as it was raining. We will definitely be back to stay next time."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Hotel Forster
The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1 West Street, Forster, NSW, 2428
The price is ¥18,860 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (468 reviews)
"The view was lovely and the room had everything we required."

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

The Dorsal Boutique Hotel
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.
The Marina Apartments
The Marina Apartments
Forster, NSW
The price is ¥11,275 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 16
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (136 reviews)
Lovely little apartment
"Comfortable and all the amenities you could need."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

The Marina Apartments
Smugglers Cove Holiday Village
Smugglers Cove Holiday Village
3 out of 5
45 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW, 2428
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly cabin in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (60 reviews)
"Every thing was great"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village
Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
2 out of 5
33 The Lakes Way, Forster, NSW, 2428
Stay at this family-friendly campground in Forster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (199 reviews)
"Very nice place to stay for a great weekend"

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Lani's Holiday Island - Caravan Park
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.

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