306KM north of Sydney in the spectacular Great Lakes region, lies the beautiful coastal town of Forster. Sitting by Cape Hawk Harbour at the entrance to Wallis Lake, Forster oozes lazy holiday vibes that invite you to relax and unwind.
Forster is home to several beaches, and each one is a little slice of paradise. Take a swim at Main Beach which is patrolled during peak season, and offers ocean baths, showers, a kiosk, and picnic facilities. To the east, you will discover Pebbly Beach, which is particularly popular for snorkelling and surfing. The stunning Seven Mile Beach is also a tempting surfing spot, as well as being a fantastic place to fish. The beaches are all linked by the sensational Bicentennial walk, which begins by the ocean baths on the Main beach and runs all the way along the idyllic coastline to the delightful One Mile Beach. Here you will discover sand dunes and a picnic-barbeque area. You will also find the John Ward Rainforest Walk here – an enchanting boardwalk lined with rare sub-tropical flora and fauna species, shaded by lush greenery.
Why not spend the afternoon on a dolphin and whale watching cruise to get better acquainted with the local wildlife? Alternatively, sailboarding and scuba diving are much-loved pastimes here. If you love to fish you will be spoilt for choice with lake, rock, river and beach fishing available, as well as charters.
After a morning on the water, venture into Booti Booti National Park for bushwalking and bird spotting.
Forster is also known for being the home of the famous Forster Triathlon Festival, an annual event hosted by Elite Energy. The exciting festival features several running, swimming and cycling races for over 1,000 athletes. What better way to experience this beautiful part of the country than on foot, bicycle and water all in one day?!