Forster - Beach in Forster Great Lakes NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Forster NSW

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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22/01

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23/01

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24/01

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26/01

Sat

27/01

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28/01

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Forster (Lifeguards)

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22/01

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23/01

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24/01

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25/01

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26/01

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27/01

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28/01

09:00 - 17:00

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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

Weather

Wednesday 24, Jan 6:52 pm

Day 27°    Night 21°
25°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

1 am
1.16m
7 am
0.50m
1 pm
1.23m
8 pm
0.34m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 25, Jan

Day 28°    Night 21°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

2 am
1.19m
8 am
0.52m
2 pm
1.17m
9 pm
0.35m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Wed 24, Jan to Wed 31, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:00 pm
Thu 25th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 26th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 27th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 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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