Forster/Tuncurry are "Twin towns" where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. A bridge links the two towns which are surrounded by National Parks and State Forests, and have long stretches of secluded beaches.
Located 300kms from Sydney, this pretty area is a lovely stop-over on your way up or down the Pacific Highway to Brisbane & Sydney, or to come and stay for week's holiday. We always make sure we come into here, never tire of seeing what has changed since our last visit.
I go for a stroll around the shops and the lovely harbour area, then we head to the beaches.
The Beaches here are varied, from nice sandy ones such as Tuncurry Beach or Nine Mile Beach, or the Tuncurry Rockpool, an enclosed swimming area behind the Breakwall. This one is very popular with families, or anybody who wants a safe swimming area. It has a kiosk, childrens play area and bbq's.
Forster Main Beach is located on North Street and fronts an area from Forster Break wall to the Forster Ocean Baths. It is a protected beach and usually doesn't have much surf.
The Tanks is a gorgeous small inlet for swimming and relaxing. You can reach The Tanks from Head Street across the Reserve.
Burgess Beach is a small quiet beach accessed by a steep path which runs off Burgess Road, it has plenty of small rock cave formations.
The Beaches have something for everyone, Waves for the surfers, safe areas for children & swimmers, and rock pools for hopping over and exploring!
Remember, sometimes deadly "Blue ringed Octopus" are in the rockpools, so if something small turns bright Blue, this means danger! DO NOT TOUCH!
We enjoy our time here, there is plenty of accommodation, eating places, everything the holiday maker could want!
There are dozens of different walks that you can do in this area. The only one that I have done is the Pilot Hill rotary walk
Leave you car at the car park, and start the walk at John Holland Park at the Boat Harbour. This walk took me along the foreshore, past plenty of Pelicans, [they are always around where people are fishing, always hopeful of getting a free feed!]
I passed by some huge Norfolk Island pines and from this area there were great views of Wallis Lake inlet and the breakwall. Continuing my walk along, I had more lovely views, this time of Nine Mile beach beyond to Crowdy Head and below to Forster Main Beach. Here, I descended a wooden walkway and continued along the beach where there are some painted murals.
By the Toilets, it takes you through bushland to Second Head with two ocean view lookouts. More stairs to reach Pebbly Beach and onto the ‘Tanks’ swimming area (there are toilet facilities here)
The Tanks’ is a natural rock pool which has formed due to water tanks being situated there to provide water for the steam train which transported rock from Pebbly Beach to the Breakwall.
Next, was Bennetts Head, another great vantage point to spot dolphins and watch the day go by, more Toilets here, a Playground and a kiosk.
There are plenty of seats to sit and have a rest and to take in the views on this lovely walk, well worth doing!
The listed website, will give you all the walks that you can do in the area, perhaps one day, I will get to do some more, hope so!
it is a nice walk to the end of the breakwall at tuncurry.. There is a netted area for safe swimming along the way . There is also a path around the lakes edge, which is good for walking or riding. You can often see dolphins in the lake.
Diamond Beach is one of my favorite "Beach getaways" If you want quietness, a lovely sandy Beach pretty well to yourself, then come here!
We stayed at the Diamond Beach Holiday Park in our own Caravan, there are Villa's available, and it is nearly Beach front. Just a short walk through the sand dunes to the beautiful 5 Mile Beach. I walked the Beach to Halliday's point and back, tried fishing, and had a great time "boarding!" At night, it is peaceful, just the sound of the Ocean to send you to sleep.
Blackhead Beach at Halliday's Point is patrolled during summer and features ocean pools, excellent fishing and picnic areas and barbecues.
There is a rainforest walk where there are interesting coastal landforms as well as areas of coastal rainforest. The walk takes in two headlands - Black Head and Red Head and is joined by Black Head Beach.
Brochures about the walks are available from the Visitors Centre in Taree.
A great location to "CHILL OUT!"
LOCATION....Midway between Taree and the Great Lakes region.
Only a short drive from Forster/Tuncurry
Watch for the turnoff on the Pacific Highway between Nabiac and Rainbow Flat
Halfway up the cost between Tuncurry and Old Bar is Black Head and Diamond Beaches. Quiet, Secluded and a great place to take kids and relax on the beach without so many people mulling around. Its great.