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Forster
New South Wales
ForsterNSWAus2.JPG
View of Tuncurry from Forster side
Population: 13116
Postcode: 2428
Elevation: 6 m (20 ft)
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location:
LGA: Mid-Coast Council
Region: Mid North Coast
County: Gloucester
State District: Myall Lakes
Federal Division: Lyne
Localities around Forster:
Tuncurry Tuncurry Tasman Sea
' Tasman Sea
Tasman Sea

Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Mid-Coast 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 2011 census, the Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 18,904 people, while the permanent population of Forster alone was 13,116.

History

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

Tourism

Because of its close proximity to Sydney, just under 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. Notable nearby attractions the Bicentennial Trail, Cape Hawke, and Booti Booti National Park.

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 relatively small Forster SLSC achieved national recognition in 1996 when their under-18 beach sprint relay team won gold at the Australian Championships.

Climate

Climate data for Forster (Forster-Tuncurry Marine Rescue, 1896–2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.5
(99.5)
38.0
(100.4)
33.5
(92.3)
30.0
(86)
28.2
(82.8)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
30.0
(86)
39.1
(102.4)
37.0
(98.6)
36.0
(96.8)
43.0
(109.4)
43.0
(109.4)
Average high °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
26.3
(79.3)
25.5
(77.9)
23.6
(74.5)
21.0
(69.8)
18.8
(65.8)
18.0
(64.4)
19.3
(66.7)
21.6
(70.9)
22.7
(72.9)
23.6
(74.5)
25.5
(77.9)
22.7
(72.9)
Average low °C (°F) 19.6
(67.3)
19.5
(67.1)
17.6
(63.7)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
9.8
(49.6)
8.7
(47.7)
9.2
(48.6)
11.7
(53.1)
13.8
(56.8)
16.3
(61.3)
18.0
(64.4)
14.3
(57.7)
Record low °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
11.5
(52.7)
6.6
(43.9)
4.5
(40.1)
3.9
(39)
2.5
(36.5)
2.0
(35.6)
4.7
(40.5)
5.6
(42.1)
9.0
(48.2)
10.0
(50)
2.0
(35.6)
Rainfall mm (inches) 107.4
(4.228)
121.1
(4.768)
148.8
(5.858)
128.7
(5.067)
117.9
(4.642)
118.9
(4.681)
87.3
(3.437)
71.5
(2.815)
66.5
(2.618)
78.7
(3.098)
82.0
(3.228)
92.4
(3.638)
1,221.6
(48.094)
Humidity 73 74 70 69 64 68 63 59 64 68 72 72 68
Avg. precipitation days 8.3 8.7 9.9 9.0 9.1 8.7 7.9 7.2 6.9 8.1 8.5 7.9 100.2
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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