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Forrest Beach
Population 1,254 (2016 census)
 • Density 18.633/km2 (48.26/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4850
Area 67.3 km2 (26.0 sq mi)
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. In the 2016 census, Forrest Beach had a population of 1,254 people.

Allingham is the coastal town within the locality.

Lady Elliot Reef lies close to the coast, about 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Forrest Beach.


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 / 18.73000°S 146.29361°E / -18.73000; 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:


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


Forrest Beach State School is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 40 Pandanus Street (18°42′41″S 146°17′39″E / 18.7114°S 146.2943°E / -18.7114; 146.2943 (Forrest Beach State School)). In 2012, the school had an enrolment of 51 students. In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 38 students with 6 teachers (3 full-time equivalent) and 7 non-teaching staff (4 full-time equivalent).

Ingham State High School is the nearest government secondary school. Gilroy Santa Maria College is a Catholic school for boys and girls in Ingham. St Teresa's College in Abergowrie is a secondary Catholic boys school but it is further north.

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