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

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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09:00 - 13:00

09:00 - 16:00

Forster (Lifeguards)

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

Thursday 23, Feb 2:58 am

Day 28°    Night 19°
25.4°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  26°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots early in the morning then increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the late evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Crowdy Head. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre south of Port Macquarie. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

7 am
1.33m
12 am
0.46m
7 pm
1.09m
1 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 24, Feb

Day 27°    Night 19°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming easterly about 10 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

7 am
1.39m
1 am
0.39m
8 pm
1.15m
2 pm
0.29m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Thu 23, Feb to Thu 02, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Thu 23rd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Fri 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 pm
Sun 26th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 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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