72 hours in fabulous Forster

As a relative newbie to Forster, I’m still awestruck every day by the beauty of this place and the incredible lifestyle it offers for both locals and holidaymakers. Sandwiched between the ocean and Wallis Lake, there’s something magical about the simplicity and authenticity of this small town. It’s not about flashy man-made things like theme parks or water parks. It’s about enjoying being in nature, eating the freshest seafood, spending time in and on the water, and enjoying the breathtaking views with family and friends.

We’re certainly not the only ones to think this. There are so many families that have been coming here for years – and now the next-generation are coming with their kids, too. In fact, we’re finding that more and more younger folks are relocating here, chasing the laid-back, beachy lifestyle – and it’s no wonder.

I love spreading the word about Forster and all it has to offer. Here’s what I’d do if I had just 72 short hours to spend here.

Day one

Just under four hours’ drive from Sydney or a short drive from Taree, it’s easy to get here, so you’ll be ready to go as soon as you arrive. First, you’ll check into Sails Luxury Apartments, of course! It’s a great choice – the apartments are gorgeous and it’s super central, with breathtaking beach-front views. But what really makes it stand out from the crowd is the friendly, family culture from the long-serving team.

Once you’ve checked in and taken a minute to enjoy the view from your balcony, you’ll want to get out there and enjoy yourself. Luckily, the amazing town beach is directly in front of the apartments, complete with the Bull Ring, an amazing sea-water pool sitting right on the golden sands. It’s fully guarded, so it’s a good place to relax while the kids safely swim.

Next up, it’s time for a coffee at The Beach Bum Café while watching the dolphins – though we’re spoilt for choice, and there are loads of lovely cafés and restaurants to choose from. Next up, it’s time for lunch, so you could try ISOLA, a real favourite of mine with a great wine list. The oysters are a must-try while you’re visiting – Graham Barclay oysters are grown in the crystal-clear waters of Wallis Lake, and are renowned as being some of the best in the world. It’s a lovely chilled vibe with great service and delicious fresh fish.

You might want a post-lunch snooze after your busy morning, so you’re refreshed and ready to hit the shops – which are amazing. Forster has loads of buzzy, trendy little boutiques and cool, interesting knick-knack stores, and it’s a brilliant way to while away a few hours. After you’ve shopped till you drop, you might want a quick dip in the Sails Apartment pool, before getting ready for dinner. For a bit of a change after your seafood lunch, Spice Money is an Asian-fusion restaurant with excellent chefs and a fantastic outlook overlooking the water.

After all that excitement, it’s probably time for a nourishing sleep on a super-comfy bed!

Day two

So yesterday you hit the beaches – today it’s time for the lakes. We’re all about the water, here. It’s just crazy beautiful round the lakes. If you want to be a bit more active, there’s jet-skiing, paddle boats, kayaking – whatever you fancy. But one of the nicest, most relaxing things to do is to pack a picnic and hire a boat. You can easily spend a full day cruising around the lakes, stopping for a picnic on the sand and leaping into the water when you need to cool off. It’s great for fishing, too.

For a perfect end to a chilled day, you might want to visit one of the amazing fresh-produce markets and pick up some fruit, veggies and fish. Then you can dine on your balcony as you watch the sun go down.

Day three

After a leisurely breakfast, I’d recommend taking to the saddle. Horse riding can be a wonderful way to spend a morning. Kids love riding along the beaches here and it’s great for everyone, from novices to experienced riders.

After a spot of lunch, I reckon you’d want to hit the beach again – and I’d suggest trying the beautiful One Mile Beach this time. The kids are sure to tire themselves out sliding down the huge sand dune at the end, over and over again. It’s great for surfers and kite-surfers on windy days, too, and is patrolled during the holidays and on weekends. If you’re feeling fit, you can walk up the steep track to Bennett’s Head Lookout, a viewing platform with spectacular 360-degree views that showcases Forster’s best attributes.

Forster really is all about the beauty of nature, simplicity, great vibes and amazing, fresh food. So pack your swimming togs, your beach towel, your sunscreen and a good book. There’s not much more you need for a truly idyllic trip.


By Belinda Gates, Sails Luxury Apartments

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