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View from Tuncurry's netted 'Rockpool' beach
Tuncurry is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 6,186 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2428
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Localities around Tuncurry:
Tasman Sea
Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Forster

Tuncurry 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 town of Forster, which is the larger of the two towns.

At the 2016 census, the Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 19,918 people. This number grows considerably in the tourist season. The population of Tuncurry alone was 6,186.


The first land grant in this area was in 1875. The settlement was originally called North Shore and then North Forster and was renamed Tuncurry meaning "plenty of fish" in 1891 and then proclaimed a village in 1893.

The area was well known in the early days for its timber cutting and sawmills. Timber was collected from the lakes and rivers by the logpunts (droghers).

A bridge over the Coolongolook River that marks the entrance to Wallis Lake was built in 1959 linking Forster and Tuncurry and replacing the punt service that had operated since 1890.


Because of its close driving proximity to Sydney, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination, where in the hotter months, the population swells considerably. The school holidays in the colder months also bring large numbers of holidaymakers.

Tuncurry's Nine Mile Beach is a popular swimming, surfing and fishing spot. Tuncurry Rockpool is a shark netted swimming enclosure, formed by breakwalls which mark the entrance to Wallis Lake. Tuncurry's lakefront areas are characterised by wharves and jetties which provide mooring for fishing boats and pleasure craft.

The region's local cinema, Great Lakes Cinema 3, is based on the Tuncurry side of the bridge.

Sporting Clubs

  • The Tuncurry Golf Course is part of the Forster Tuncurry Golf Club
  • The Tuncurry Forster Football Club is a soccer club home to the Tuncurry Tigers
  • The Forster Tuncurry Rugby League Football Club is home to the Forster Tuncurry Hawkes
  • The Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club has regular horse racing events
  • The Forster Tuncury Touch Association offers touch football for all levels
  • The Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club offers lawn bowling to the area

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