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FORSTER

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw196
State/Region:
NSW Forster
Post Code:
2428
Length:
0.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
pebbly  (0.4km) one mile  (1.6km) burgess  (2.4km) tuncurry  (3.2km) nine mile beach  (3.4km)

Beach Status

OPEN

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • 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
  • Bus Bus

Regulation Symbols

    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

    Patrol Information
      Mon 01/02 Tue 02/02 Wed 03/02 Thu 04/02 Fri 05/02 Sat 06/02 Sun 07/02
    Forster SLSC
    09:00
    -
    13:00
    09:00
    -
    16:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    54
    Preventative Actions:
    309

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

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    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

    Sun, 07 Feb 09:00 am

    FORSTER (0 km)


    Cloudy.
    20.60 °C
    WSW/11 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SunMonTueWedThuFri
    26° 19° 26° 19° 26° 19° 27° 19° 27° 18° 27° 20°

    WATER

    25

    Issued at Sat, 06 Feb 15:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • S
      13 km/h
      0.2m
    • SSE
      16 km/h
      0.3m
    • SW
      17 km/h
      0.3m
    • S
      24 km/h
      0.5m
    • S
      21 km/h
      0.4m
    • S
      21 km/h
      0.5m
    • SSW
      11 km/h
      0.2m
    • ESE
      12 km/h
      0.2m

    Forster issued at Sat, 06 Feb 19:11

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore north of Port Macquarie early in the morning and again in the evening.
    Swell:
    Southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, tending southerly around 1 metre during the morning.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing, easing during the day.

    UV INDEX

    12



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      01:39
      0.51m
    • High
      08:13
      1.84m
    • Low
      14:49
      0.33m
    • High
      20:47
      1.46m

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    Newcastle issued at Sun, 07 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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