Fun In The Sun
Things to Do and See:
For the young at heart there is the “Ton O’Fun” family fun park with paddleboats, mini golf, a jumping castle, a mini train, dodgems on water, odyssey thrill machines, go karts, two large waterslides, quad bikes, volleyball, a merry-go-round, pedal cars, a bistro, kiosk and picnic-barbecue areas.
The Big Buzz Fun Park at Rainbow Flat features three waterslides, a toddler's slide, a toboggan run, mini grass trikes, super grass trikes, pony rides, mono boards, peddlecarts, skatebikes, pony rides, volleyball, trampolines, swings, a swimming pool, a kiosk, shaded picnic areas and free gas barbecues.
The Pebbly Beach Bicentennial Walk commences off North St, near the ocean baths of Forster Beach. It leads eastwards over Second Head along the foreshore, between Bennetts Head Rd and the ocean, past The Tanks, through Bennetts Head Reserve and south past One Mile Beach to Burgess Beach.
Forster Art and Craft Centre is located in Breese Parade that heads off The Lakes Way at the southern end of town. (open 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. daily.)
Cape Hawke, at the southern outskirts of Forster is a roundabout from which Cape Hawke Rd heads east for 3.5 km out to Cape Hawke, one of the most northerly points of Booti Booti National Park. There is a 440-m path that winds its way to the summit of the hill. As you ascend the headland the views are increasingly spectacular. A raised viewing platform affords quite spectacular views north along the coast over Forster to Hallidays Point, north-west to the meeting of the Wang Wauk River and Wallis Lake, west to the Great Dividing Range and south along the spit.
Santa Barbara and Green Point, 4 km south of Cape Hawke Rd is a dirt track to the left that takes you out to secluded Janies Corner, a good fishing spot at the northern tip of Seven Mile Beach. 1.2 km further south is Green Point Drive that will take you west out to Green Point where there is a small settlement on the edge of the lake. At the end of this road is a restaurant and gallery. Another 2 km south along The Lakes Way is a signposted turnoff on the right that will take you to another picnic area beside the sailing club where there are catamarans and windsurfers for hire in season. 2 km further south, to the left, is Santa Barbara, a lovely picnic area with amenities.
The Ruins, 700 m south is Booti Booti National Park's information centre, situated within The Ruins campground. Here you can pick up a leaflet outlining The Booti Hill Walk (3.2 km) which heads south from here, past Booti Hill (169 m), around the headlands above Lindemans Cove to Elizabeth Beach at Pacific Palms. The gradient is steep at times but the ocean views are rewarding. Adjacent Booti Hill and Lindemans Cove is a littoral rainforest. If you wish to return there is an easy-going path that runs beside Wallis Lake and The Lakes Way.
Hallidays Point and Diamond Beach, if you follow The Lakes Way north of Tuncurry for 13 km there is a turnoff on the right which will take you the 7 km out to Hallidays Point and Blackhead Beach, a quiet sheltered coastal spot with a rock pool adjacent the surf lifesaving club and an attractive picnic area and walking track on the headland which is covered with littoral rainforest. The promontory offers views south to Cape Hawke.
How to get there:
By car, Forster / Tuncurry is a comfortable 3 ½ hour drive north from Sydney.
By rail, travel to Newcastle by train and then join a luxury coach provided by State Rail to complete your journey
By bus, Great Lakes Coaches run regular services between Sydney, Newcastle and Forster-Tuncurry
By air, a flight service is provided from Sydney to Taree where a connecting coach will complete your journey