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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.
Beach Length: 14.3km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Caravan park
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Toilets Block M/F
Boat ramp



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