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Forrest Beach
Population 1,233 (2011 census)
Established 1925
Postcode(s) 4850
LGA(s) Shire of Hinchinbrook
State electorate(s) Hinchinbrook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Suburbs around Forrest Beach:
Braemeadows Braemeadows Taylors Beach
Blackrock Forrest Beach Coral Sea
Orient Orient Coral Sea

Forrest Beach is a small coastal locality in the Shire of Hinchinbrook, Queensland, Australia, while Allingham is the town name for the same location. In the 2011 census, Forrest Beach had a population of 1,233 people.


Forrest Beach is bounded by the Coral Sea to the east with long sandy beaches; it is sheltered water due to the Orpheus and Palm island group. It is bounded along the south-west by Palm Creek and contains the Palm Creek Conservation Park. There is farming in the western part of the locality. The residential development is mostly beside the northern beaches. There is a small residential area beside the southern beaches known as Cassady Beach (18°43′48″S 146°17′37″E / 18.73°S 146.29361°E / -18.73; 146.29361 (Cassady Beach)) which is named after Francis Andrew O'Connor Cassady who was chairman of the Shire of Hinchinbrook.


The name Forrest Beach derives from George Brownrigg Forrest, who was the manager of the Victoria Mill (a sugar mill) near Ingham, while Christopher Allingham was one of the first European pastoral settlers in the district, taking up the pastoral run Muralambeen.

Allingham was surveyed as a town in 1925.

The Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1927 but closed in 1956. The Hinchinbrook Shire Council initiated a meeting which caused the club to reopen in 1958-9.

Allingham Post Office opened on 1 March 1967.

Forrest Beach State School opened on 29 January 1980.

Forrest Beach War Memorial was dedicated in 2006. It commemorates Australian servicemen and women who served in all wars and conflicts. It is located at the north-east corner of the intersection of Palm Street and Pine Street (18°42′47″S 146°17′52″E / 18.713140°S 146.297743°E / -18.713140; 146.297743 (Forrest Beach War Memorial)).

Heritage listings

Forrest Beach has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

  • Off Bosworth's Road: Muralambeen Homestead (the home of the Allingham family)


There is a one-lane boat ramp into the Coral Sea at Sheoak Street.

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