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Forster
New South Wales
One Mile Beach, Forster - panoramio.jpg
One Mile Beach, Forster.
Forster is located in New South Wales
Forster
Forster
Location in New South Wales
Population 13,740 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2428
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
Region Mid North Coast
County Gloucester
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Localities around Forster:
Tuncurry Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Tasman Sea
Port Stephens 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 north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. Forster is known for its stunning waters and Manning Valley beauty.

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

Demographics

According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 13,740 people in Forster.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.8% of the population.
  • 82.0% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 3.4% and New Zealand 1.1%.
  • 89.8% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Anglican 28.4%, No Religion 23.4% and Catholic 22.3%.

Notable people

  • Courtney Houssos - New South Wales politician
  • Jamal Idris - former rugby league player
  • Ben Jeffries - former rugby league player
  • Adam Pearce - football player
  • Luke Ricketson - former rugby league player
  • Jack River (musician)

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