Forster - Beach in Forster Great Lakes NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Forster NSW

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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... Read more

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.

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Forster SLSC

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25/09

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26/09

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27/09

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29/09

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09:00 - 13:00

09:00 - 16:00

Forster (Lifeguards)

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25/09

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26/09

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27/09

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28/09

Fri

29/09

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30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:00 - 17:00

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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Information

About

Forster, NSW 2428

Length:
0.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw196

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

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

Marine Warnings

Mon, 25 Sep 10:45
Fire Weather Warning

Mon, 25 Sep 10:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Monday 25, Sep 12:27 pm

Day 28°    Night 18°
25°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwest to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore in the north at first, tending northeast to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: North to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the day.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide

11 am
1.28m
4 am
0.36m
11 pm
1.10m
5 pm
0.44m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 23°    Night 15°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

5 am
0.43m
12 pm
1.26m
6 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:50 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Mon 25th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:50 pm
Tue 26th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:50 pm
Wed 27th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm
Thu 28th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm

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.

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