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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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Forster SLSC

Mon

16/04

Tue

17/04

Wed

18/04

Thu

19/04

Fri

20/04

Sat

21/04

Sun

22/04

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09:00 - 13:00

09:00 - 16:00

Forster (Lifeguards)

Mon

16/04

Tue

17/04

Wed

18/04

Thu

19/04

Fri

20/04

Sat

21/04

Sun

22/04

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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

Weather

Friday 20, Apr 2:36 pm

Day 25°    Night 17°
20°C
Shower or two. Possible storm

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers. A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe. Caution: Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

11 am
1.22m
5 am
0.31m
11 pm
1.51m
5 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 21, Apr

Day 24°    Night 16°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

6 am
0.36m
12 pm
1.16m
6 pm
0.52m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:10 pm


Weather

Fri 20, Apr to Fri 27, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Fri 20th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm
Sat 21st 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:10 pm
Sun 22nd 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm
Mon 23rd 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 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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