forster is the jewel of the nsw north coast and the beating heart of the great lakes
Drive over the bridge to Forster and you will instantly see why people love coming back. Nestled between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by National and Marine Parks.
Within the town there is mainstream and boutique shopping, a huge range of accommodation from private ocean view houses to apartments to motels to lake side camping, award winning restaurants and Clubs, a widevariety of experiences and activities and crystal clear water everywhere.
Forster is home to some of the regions biggest events and celebrates the whale watching season each year in specatuclar style.
The townsite, then originally known as 'Minimbah', when first surveyed in 1869 but was renamed Forster in 1870 after William Forster - then secretary of lands and later Premier of New South Wales. Timbergetting, milling, shipbuilding and fishing were the principal industries in the early days with sailing ships then steamships carrying fortnightly cargoes to Sydney. The first oyster lease at Forster was granted in 1884. Forster is now famous for its oysters and is the largest provider of Sydney Rock Oysters in Australia.