Forster

New South Wales, Australia

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View of Tuncurry from Forster side



Forster is located in New South Wales
Forster
Population: 18,372 (Forster-Tuncurry) [1]
Postcode: 2428
Coordinates: 32°10′50″S 152°30′42″E / -32.18056, 152.51167Coordinates: 32°10′50″S 152°30′42″E / -32.18056, 152.51167
Elevation: 6 m (20 ft)
Time zone:

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AEST (UTC+10)

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Location:
LGA: Great Lakes Council
Region: Mid North Coast
State District: Myall Lakes
Federal Division: Paterson
Localities around Forster:
Tuncurry Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Tasman Sea
Tasman Sea


Forster is a large coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Great Lakes Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. The usual local pronunciation of the name is 'Foster'.

At the 2006 census, The Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 18,372 with nearly half that amount being over 55 years of age.[1]

Tourism[edit | edit source]

Because of its close proximity to Sydney, just over 4 hours drive, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination; in the hotter months the population increases considerably.

The school holidays in the colder months also bring a considerable number of holidaymakers. Forster-Tuncurry is predominantly a family holiday location with large lakes and white sandy beaches.

Beaches[edit | edit source]

The most popular beaches are Forster Main beach and One Mile beach, serviced by Forster and Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Clubs respectively. Pebbly Beach is popular with local surfers.

The tiny Forster SLSC achieved national recognition in 1996 when their under-18 beach sprint relay team won gold at the Australian Championships. The team consisted of Toby Pratt, Benjamin Gambrill, Mark Shrewsbury and Aaron Thompson.

History[edit | edit source]

Forster is named after William Forster, who was briefly Premier of New South Wales and who later served as Agent-General in London.[2] The first post office in Forster opened on 1 October 1872, with John Wyllie Breckenridge as postmaster at a salary of £10 a year.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Forster-Tuncurry (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=UCL130800&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  2. ^ Reed, A.W. (1969) Place-Names of New South Wales: Their Origins and Meanings, Sydney: A.H & A.W. Reed
  3. ^ Post Office records, Sydney


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