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FORSTER

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

Nearby Beaches:
rockpool  (0.4km) pebbly  (0.4km) one mile  (1.6km) burgess  (2.4km) tuncurry  (3.2km)

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.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:05:06

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    1
    First Aids:
    100
    Preventative Actions:
    533

    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, 26 Jun 03:00 pm

    FORSTER (0 km)


    Cloudy.
    16.00 °C
    SSE/2 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SunMonTueWedThuFri
    17° 15° 18° 19° 20° 18°

    WATER

    19

    Issued at Sun, 26 Jun 14:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WSW
      17 km/h
      0.3m
    • W
      8 km/h
      0.1m
    • WSW
      14 km/h
      0.3m
    • WSW
      24 km/h
      0.5m
    • WSW
      35 km/h
      0.7m
    • SW
      29 km/h
      0.5m
    • WSW
      24 km/h
      0.4m
    • SW
      20 km/h
      0.3m

    Forster issued at Sat, 25 Jun 21:47

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Crowdy Head early in the morning. Becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
    Swell:
    Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres.
    Seas:
    1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.

    UV INDEX

    3



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      06:34
      0.33m
    • high
      12:43
      1.24m
    • low
      18:16
      0.56m

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    Forster issued at Sun, 26 Jun 21:50

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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