7 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN FORSTER NSW

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Forster NSW is a stunning coastal town and is home to some of the emptiest and most beautiful beaches in Australia! I’ve never heard much about Forster before visiting but this place is definitely worth a stop when traveling along the east coast of Australia.

Apart from the beautiful beaches, there are many fun-fuelled things to do in Forster such as taking a stroll along the scenic coastal walk, seeing the view from the breath-taking lookouts and sandboarding down the massive sand dune on One Mile Beach.

I recommend spending anywhere between 2 days and 1 week to explore all of the sights in Forster NSW and, of course, the beautiful beaches in Forster.

In this guide, I have put together a complete list of 7 Awesome Things To Do In Forster NSW including where to find them and what to expect.

Also, at the bottom of this Forster NSW travel guide, I have included some useful information on where to stay in Forster, the best time to visit Forster NSW and other points of interest on Australia’s east coast.

 

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WHERE IS FORSTER NSW & HOW TO GET THERE

Forster NSW is approximately an 8-hour drive south of the Gold Coast and around 3-hours drive north of Sydney.

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It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit Forster NSW as public transportation options are scarce.

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7 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN FORSTER NSW

Please see below for an overview of the 7 Awesome Things To Do In Forster that you will find in this post:

  1. Forster Beach
  2. Pebbly Beach
  3. The Tanks
  4. Bennetts Head Lookout
  5. One Mile Beach
  6. Burgess Beach
  7. Cape Hawke Lookout

 

#1 FORSTER BEACH

First up on this list of awesome things to do in Forster is Forster Beach, the most northern beach in Forster NSW and the perfect place to start your adventures!

Located near the town center, Forster Main Beach features a large sandy shoreline with azure waters. You’ll also find an oceanside swimming pool, a beach-side café and bathroom amenities.

At the northern end of Forster Beach, you can find a path to a little hill lookout behind the popular café. This lookout is a great spot to take some photos and enjoy the views of the Coolongolook River to the north and the beautiful Forster Beach to the south.

The south end of Forster Main Beach, right by the pool, is where you’ll find the trailhead for the Forster beaches coastal walkway. The coastal walkway is called the Bicentennial Walk. From this point, you can explore all of the other beaches in Forster from north to south with the journey time taking around 2-hours return.

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#2 PEBBLY BEACH FORSTER NSW

Next up on this list of things to do in Forster is Pebbly Beach which can be found right around the headland to the south of Forster Beach.

On the way, be sure to stop at the lookout for an awesome view of Pebbly Beach Forster before continuing along the coastal walkway to reach the sandy shoreline.

Pebbly Beach in Forster NSW is a common spot for beachgoers who come here to avoid the crowds on the more popular Forster Main Beach.

 

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#3 THE TANKS

The Tanks is another awesome spot worth adding to your list of things to do in Forster NSW.

Heading along the coastal walkway, The Tanks is the next beach along from Pebbly Beach, featuring some natural rock pools where kids usually like to have a plunge.

There is a staircase that leads directly down into the rock pools which makes it easily accessible for anyone wishing to go for a dip in the ocean.

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#4 BENNETTS HEAD LOOKOUT

Bennetts Head Lookout is one of the most popular lookouts in Forster NSW and for a good reason!

Boasting incredible views overlooking azure blue waters and rocky inlets. If you’re lucky enough, you might even be able to spot some whales from Bennetts Head Lookout. Be sure to pack a pair of binoculars to better your chances!

Bennetts Head Lookout boasts panoramic views of The Tanks to the north and One Mile Beach to the south.

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#5 ONE MILE BEACH

One Mile Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Forster, featuring a 500 meter long stretch of white sand, a massive sand dune, azure blue waters and rideable waves.

One Mile Beach Forster is pretty hard to beat and definitely not to be missed on your list of things to do in Forster NSW.

 

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You could easily spend an entire day down on One Mile Beach Forster with plenty of things to do such as sunbaking along the shoreline, swimming in the electric blue waters, learning to surf, exploring the lookout and sliding down the massive sand dune on a sandboard or piece of cardboard.

There is a parking lot located in the middle of One Mile Beach Forster down on the beachfront making it easy to access and it’s suitable for people of all ages to come and enjoy the spectacular One Mile Beach.

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#6 BURGESS BEACH

Next up on this list of things to do in Forster NSW is Burgess Beach which is ideally located just a stone’s throw from One Mile Beach. 

The most unique feature of Burgess Beach is the rock formations right down by the beach that stick out from the ocean. Burgess Beach is an iconic landmark in Forster NSW which makes for an epic photo so be sure to have your camera ready. You can also walk to the viewpoint on the hillside which overlooks Burgess Beach.

Burgess Beach in Forster NSW is also dog-friendly making it a perfect spot to take a stroll with your dog along this short stretch of sandy shoreline. 

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#7 CAPE HAWKE LOOKOUT

Last but not least on this list of what to do in Forster is the Cape Hawke Lookout which is a short 10-minute drive south of Burgess Beach. Cape Hawk Lookout is surrounded by lush forest and boasts a 360°view of the great lakes and the Tasman Sea.

There’s a parking lot located at the trailhead to Cape Hawke Lookout and from here it’s about a 10-15 minute walk to reach the viewpoint.

Cape Hawk Lookout in Forster NSW is a three-story viewing platform. Take the stairs to the top and enjoy panoramic views overlooking Forster NSW, the great lakes and stunning beaches.

This is a beautiful spot in Forster NSW for sunrise or sunset so be sure to time your visit for around this time.

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WHERE TO STAY IN FORSTER NSW

There are countless accommodation options to choose from in Forster so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.

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CAMPING IN FORSTER

If you’re looking for alternative options other than hotels in Forster, there are a number of caravan parks in Forster offering affordable accommodation for all sorts of travelers.

I personally stayed at Discovery Parks Forster which ios a short 10-minute drive from the center of town and lies alongside the peaceful Wallamba River. I can’t recommend this holiday park enough!

Whether you’re traveling in a campervan, pitching a tent or looking for a cabin to stay for a night or two, Discovery Parks has got you covered.

The park features a swimming pool, activity room, cafe, boat ramp, laundry amenities, hot showers and toilets, camp kitchen and BBQs, jumping pillow, free WiFi and more!

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BEST TIME TO VISIT FORSTER NSW

Forster NSW sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.

If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn, Winter, Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports. 

Summer in Forster NSW is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and rainfall.

 

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WHAT TO PACK FOR FORSTER NSW

 

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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FINAL THOUGHTS OF FORSTER NSW

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about what to do in Forster NSW, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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