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FORSTER

Beach UNPATROLLED PATROLLED UNPATROLLED BEACH TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw196
State/Region:
NSW Forster
Post Code:
2428
General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
Pebbly (0.4km) One Mile (1.6km) Burgess (2.4km) Tuncurry (3.2km) Nine Mile Beach (3.4km)

Beach

Forster Beach (NSW 196) is the main swimming beach for the growing city of Forster (population 18 372*). It is a highly developed beach with the surf club established in 1946, and now a seawall backing the beach and high-rise apartments across the road. The northern boundary of this 500 m long beach is the south entrance wall for the inlet, while at the southern end a large rock pool and reefs lie at the base of Second Head (Figs. 4.110 & 4.111). A car park, lookout and picnic area sit atop this 20 m high head. It is also the starting point for a 4 km Bicentennial walking track to One Mile Beach. The beach is moderately sheltered from southeast waves by Bennetts Head, which extends 2 km to the east. Waves average less than 1 m increasing in height up the beach. The result is a steep reflective beach in the south grading to a continuous attached bar in the north. When waves exceed 1 m, rips begin to form against the entrance wall, the pool and in the centre. Also in the north the entrance channel has strong tidal currents, troughs and sand bars seaward of the mouth, all of which are a hazard to swimmers and boats. *Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007)

Swimming

A popular beach with usually low waves and free of rips under normal wave conditions, however still stay between the flags.

Surfing

Usually too small unless the swell is big and out of the east or northeast, then the northern point can produce a good left break, while a tubing righthander forms off the south point.

Fishing

The South (entrance) Wall is the most popular spot, with the beach offering occasional gutters. The southern rocks are protected and offer a shallow sandy gutter.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
200

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Pool Pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shade Shade
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Parking Parking
  • Bus Bus

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
7
First Aids:
164
Preventative Actions:
497

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Forster SLSC Forster (Lifeguards)

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Forster SLSC

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  • Forster (Lifeguards)

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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Today 19° NNE/19.00 km/h

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FORSTER (0 km) issued at Thu 30 Jul 15:00

WATER

19

Issued at Thu, July 30 14:08

SWELL FORECAST

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • SSE
    0.8 m
  • ESE
    0.6 m
  • ENE
    0.4 m
  • S
    0.6 m
  • S
    0.6 m

Forster issued at Thu, July 30 16:50

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UV INDEX

4

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    01:18
    0.35m
  • High
    07:15
    1.43m
  • Low
    12:51
    0.46m
  • High
    19:27
    1.94m
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Newcastle issued at Thu, July 30 00:00

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TODAY'S RADAR

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