Forster has everything for fresh water or salt water sports enthusiasts

Published: 09th September 2011
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Fresh water, salt water or both, if you love the water, then Forster, in the NSW Great Lakes area, is where you want to go. Since it is only about a three hour journey to this magical part of the state, it is also an accessible paradise.

There is nothing secret about the great fishing that can be found in the Forster area: it was originally settled by fishermen. If you like oysters, then you'll love visiting Forster-Tuncurry. Wallis Lake, which separates the two towns, is a big oyster farming center and you can buy them fresh or freshly prepared in Forster and Tuncurry. In 1959, a bridge was constructed over Wallis Lake. Now the two towns are jointly administered and officially called "Forster-Tuncurry," but most people still refer to the whole area as Forster.

When surfers head off in that direction, they rarely say they are going to one of the many great surfing spots in the Forster-Tuncurry region. They just say they're "going to Forster." Almost every surfer who visits the region checks out One Mile Beach, since it's so easy to get to. After that, there's the rest of the 28 mile (45km) coastline to check out. Every surfer has his favorite Forster "secret" spot that he keeps to himself and his closest friends.

The surfers will frequently criss-cross Booti Booti National Park in search of waves, taking the main road, Lakes Way. Take the drive along Lakes Way and you will discover some beautiful vacation spots that are popular destinations for both young surfers and fishermen and their families.

Boomerang Beach is a favorite destination for all water lovers, as are Bluey's and Elizabeth Beaches. From these charming villages, you are virtually at the water's edge and just a stone's throw from Wallis Lake. This part of the Forster region is a real fisherman's paradise. From his base at Boomerang, he can go rock and beach fishing in the morning and evening or spend the day fishing for trout on the lake. Surfers can always count on finding good waves somewhere along one of these beaches.

As the crow flies, it's not far from Boomerang Beach to Seal Rocks, but you have to take a circuitous half hour route around Smiths Lake to get there. Much of the drive is through untouched bushland, so getting there is an adventure in itself. That's part of the magic of the Forster area, though. You can be in a bustling community with great amenities one minute and feel like you're exploring a wilderness the next. If you love the great outdoors, but like the comforts of home, then Forster is ideal.

This is probably why Forster is so popular with Sydney families. It is close enough to get to in a few hours, but far enough away to make you feel like you have really escaped. While the major Forster centers do get crowded during the major holiday seasons, you can still find a comfortable Forster accommodation any time of the year. Whether you want to camp out under the stars or luxuriate in style, you will find something to suit your tastes in Forster.

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