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

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

Friday 26, May 8:02 am

Day 20°    Night 10°
20°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly below 10 knots becoming south to southeasterly in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

8 am
1.37m
2 am
0.19m
8 pm
1.72m
2 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 22°    Night 11°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore.

Tide

9 am
1.34m
3 am
0.16m
9 pm
1.73m
2 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm
Sat 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm
Sun 28th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm
Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 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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