Forrest Beach is the surfing beach for the town of Ingham. It lies 20 km east of the town and the Bruce Highway, and contains a small holiday settlement, spread for 4 km along the 14 km long beach. There is a store, hotel and caravan park at the beach,... Read more
Forrest Beach is the surfing beach for the town of Ingham. It lies 20 km east of the town and the Bruce Highway, and contains a small holiday settlement, spread for 4 km along the 14 km long beach. There is a store, hotel and caravan park at the beach, together with the Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was founded in 1928. It is located in the wide foreshore reserve that backs the beach. The reserve also contains an amenities block, playground and picnic facilities. The stinger net is directly in front of the surf lifesaving club, with a concrete boat ramp just to the north. The beach lies toward the northern end of the open Halifax Bay and faces slightly south-east, exposing it to waves averaging between 0.5 and 1 m. These combine with the medium sized beach sand to build a 50 m wide high tide beach, fronted by a 50 m wide bar that is cut by small rip channels during and following waves greater than 1 m.
A moderately safe beach at high tide, however care should be taken at mid to low tide when rips, if present, will intensify. Always swim in the patrolled/stinger net area.
This is the best place to look for a wave in Halifax Bay, with beach breaks over the bar at mid to low tide.
Beach fishing only, with rip holes common along the beach. There is a beach boat ramp that can be used at high tide during low wave conditions.
A beach popular with Ingham locals and an increasing number of travellers. It is well worth the drive out to the long attractive beach for a day trip, or for a quiet holiday.Read less
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.
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0832