6.9 out of 10

Forster

Ranked 33rd best suburb in Hunter
-32.260074932341 152.511906102945
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  • Cost of Living
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
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  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Beach Lovers
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Reviews

2/5
Jan 06, 2017

"Beautiful area, unfortunately and sadly the overall lacking in people with even average intellengence. With a culture that reflect this. Poor leadership and understanding of ordinary decent qualities."

Recommend to those who are leaders and create change.
Pros
  • Close to some of the best beaches on the Mid North Coast
  • not much.
Cons
  • Great for a holiday, living, not so much.
  • its just not an inviting invigorating town. why anyone would drive 4 and a half hours to spend summer in a caravan park here is beyond me.
  • lots of old christians. no work. dont believe that its good for professionals as there are none here.
gailm5
gailm5 Before you knock people's intellingence in a wide scale which is quite judgmental ,perhaps you need to seek how to spell it. !
Feb 27, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I love forster/tuncurry ❤️☀️🍻&🏄"

As above
Pros
  • Close to some of the best beaches on the Mid North Coast
  • Great local markets
  • Laidback lifestyle
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful area- Friendly people"

As someone who has recently moved to Forster from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, I can safely say that it truly is a beautiful area to live. I am exercising and enjoying my surrounds more than I ever would have in Sydney as I don't have the huge travel time to work and the family orientated neighbour hood is making me focus on the simpler things in life. It has been said that Forster is boring and there is nothing to however I would have to disagree. Sure, I'm not able to do all the same things that I was able to do in the city however I see this as a good thing as it forces me to be more creative with my time. I truly believe that only boring people get bored and there are so many great things to discover about the Great Lakes for those who seek to find them.

P.S This was written by a 23 year old not a retiree.
Pros
  • Close to some of the best beaches on the Mid North Coast
  • Great local markets
  • Laidback lifestyle
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to holiday - think carefully before moving"

We moved to Forster 4 years ago after holidaying here since childhood.

Pros:

Stunning beaches
Nearly endless waterways to explore if you have a boat (although lots of Wallis Lake is very shallow which can be frustrating.
Laid back lifestyle, little traffic, no endless traffic lights.
Public school is quite good, good with bullying etc, good Principal. Quality schools in general.
Great Lakes Campus is, in my opinion, a good school and is turning out some pretty good students.
Most amazing, blue water and ocean views you'll see just about anywhere, teeming with dolphins - just gorgeous.
Nice community spirit (provided people know you....) If one of their own is in trouble, the locals will rally around and help out. If you're new, well, good luck with that.
Beautiful swimming spots.
Big sporting culture - if you're into the whole triathlon, running festival thing, you'll love it.

Cons
Very cliquey - if you move here expecting to make friends in a hurry, think again. Most people here have been hanging out with each other since preschool and the networks and 'groups', which are often glued together with family ties, are very hard to penetrate. People love to gossip and know everyone else's business, probably because it is a small, relatively isolated town. Very high elderly population.
If you're into a healthy lifestyle ie. farmers markets, health food stores, etc, again - this may not be the place for you. There is a farmers' market here once a month and to be honest, it is abysmal and barely qualifies as a farmers market. Very limited produce (unless you live on homemade jams and organic lemons) and very poor attendance - I wouldn't be surprised if its days are numbered. The local Go Vita recently started selling organic produce, which is great, but it is quite expensive and sometimes dodgy. Going by what I see the majority of people put in their trolleys in Coles and Woollies, this is a town without a big population of people who care about their health. Diet Coke and frozen pizza paradise. Not a lot of spiritual/alternative people. The bogan element has increased, I think, even since we've lived here. Relatively high unemployment. Shops and business, at present, are closing left, right and centre which isn't helping with unemployment/bogan migration.
Out of season, or when the weather is bad, there really isn't a lot to do. Once you've explored Port Macquarie, Taree, and perhaps Barrington Tops to the West, you've pretty much covered the day trips available to take. School holidays in winter can be a nightmare because after going to the movies a couple of times or perhaps 10 pin bowling - there's not much else for young kids to do.
No educational facilities - small TAFE in Tuncurry but no university - closest is 1.5 hrs away in Newcastle.
No public hospital. There is a private hospital which is more of a rehab facility than a hospital, although it does have an oncology unit now so if you're unfortunate enough to need cancer treatment, you don't have to go to Taree. However if you have an accident and need emergency treatment, the closest hospital is Manning Base at Taree which is a 40 minute drive on not particularly good roads (see below).
The roads in and out of Forster/Tuncurry are atrocious and are known as some of the worst in NSW. The Lakes Way has claimed several lives in the last few years.
Wharf Street (the main street down near the lake) is slowly dying thanks to greedy landlords who extort their tenants until they close up and leave, basically. Currently there's about 8 empty shops and Council seem to think it's more important to check peoples' backyards for weeds than invest some money into sprucing up the main street with its million year old facades and dangerous and ugly walkway covers. Great Lakes Council, in general, does not have a good reputation for sensible spending of its money. All the money seems to be thrown at aged care and the aging population and none at the younger people that live here.
The other alternative for shopping is Stockland, which is full (well, not that full actually) of boring, generic chain stores such as Miller's and Ice. If you like to shop, Forster is not the place for you. Some nice touristy knick knack shops, though. Wharf St might 'come back' when the economy improves, but at the moment it's looking like a ghost town. Forster thrives in the warmer months but winter is tough on local business owners and many can't deal with the lack of tourism from March to October and high rents.
Restaurants/Eating out is limited. Many places are overpriced and the food is underwhelming. This is fine if you're on a two week holiday, but as a place to live, it can be depressing. There is no good sushi in Forster. NONE. There are NO healthy take away options. Unless you like pies and pizza, eat at home when it comes to a quick bite to eat on the run.
The radio here is T E R R I B L E. Unprofessional, lame announcers, long, unexplained gaps in transmission, no real target demographic (just a mishmash of lots of genres), embarrassingly dreadful ads. It's just bad, bad, bad all round.
Slow internet - ADSL 1.
Crappy TV reception in some areas (like, ours).
Lots of cockroaches. BIG cockroaches.
Crime seems to be increasing, usually perpetrated by the same group of locals. Some areas are no go zones at night. Some of them I wouldn't set foot in during the day, personally.
Housing, considering there is very little work and limited infrastructure, is expensive. And at the moment, is losing value.
Be very sure that the job that you're moving here for is a keeper. If you lose your job, it can be hard to get another one. Very little part time work unless you know people and of the work there is, is badly paid. We're talking mid-nineties hourly rates for admin work, for instance. Why? Because they can and know the locals don't have a lot of choice.
Cons
  • Great for a holiday, living, not so much.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
WillyW
WillyW Move back to where you came from, and did you not notice any of this during your holidays in the area. Blinkered view from someone who did not research properly what they wanted in life.Add a comment...
Jun 29, 2016
debbiep6
debbiep6 Wow we are moving up in July after reading that I am scared ??? Hope we have done the right thing
Mar 18, 2017
Kerasita
Kerasita debbiep6 - It's a beautiful place and this is just my opinion and my take on things, nothing more. I still went back on holidays last September and will go back many times hopefully before I leave this planet, so it can't be all that bad :). I have plenty of friends who still live in Forster who absolutely love it, so don't be scared. No area is perfect and a lot of the things I mentioned above are happening everywhere else, too. Not unique to Forster at all. This was just my critique of the time we lived there - take it all with a grain of salt.

WillyW - What an intelligent, mature and thought provoking response you provided there. Not sure if you're aware, but this is a site where people offer up their OPINIONS on different things. And guess what - they might differ from yours!
5 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Peace and Quiet"

To understand the real value of Forster you must understand that it is not another over crowed Cronulla or Manly. It is a true beach-side town and with that goes the laid back life style. It is developed enough to have all the big retail shops but small enough to retain the friendly small town atmosphere.

Forster has allot to provide for people of all ages. For the outdoors people, Forster offers numerous activities including surfing, camping, scuba diving and hiking. For the families plenty of space, local sports for the kids, great schools and mostly the piece of mind that you can live in a secure neighbourhood and the kids can play in the street. For the retirees access to great medical facilities both public and private, and most of all to keep the grumpy old men happy - great fishing all year round!

Have a look at a small piece of what Forster has to offer: http://www.greatlakes.org.au/pages/things-to-do/

Forster does not however have allot of options for going out. The main night life revolves around the RSL and Leagues clubs but it is about an hour and half to New Castle for those inclined. The places for eating out are very limited but for what is available it is of a moderately high quality including great seafood restaurants. The shopping district within Forster is also limited with allot of touristy knick-nack and surf shops but as mentioned before it does not miss out on all of the main big retail shops. For what it lacks in retail variety Forster more than makes up for it by the amount of local markets selling fresh local produce.

It is noticeable that Forster's real estate value has dropped over the past few years and is still struggling to recover but rental returns still remain strong. Forster is not an area to make a quick buck overnight, however, it does have some attractive assets (eg numerous beaches) which I feel makes its a great investment, just over a longer period of time. For the home buyer the low prices represents good value for money, a great lifestyle and a solid long term investment. For investors, with low growth aside, Forster's population has a relatively high amount of renters which leads to longer term residents, shorter periods between tenants and higher rental returns. With bit of searching positively geared properties could be found.

Forster may not be a booming and happening place which may make it a boring place to visit, but, for those that really want to have the sea side lifestyle with low house prices or long term investors with high rental returns, then this is the place for you.
Pros
  • Close to some of the best beaches on the Mid North Coast
  • Great local markets
  • Laidback lifestyle
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5
2yrs+

"Forster - ideal to retire or holiday."

Forster is in the Great lakes area on the North coast of NSW just 3 hours from Sydney. Forster has great water sports and activities including some great fishing. There is also horse riding, golf, plenty of walking opportunities and 4wd experiences. For the more adventurous you can try sky diving, white water kayaking or mountain biking. Stay at the local caravan park, B & B’s with great facilities, motel and hotels or luxury resort style accommodation. There are plenty of places to eat from restaurants to cafes and takeaway outlets. You can sample some fine wines at local wineries or visit the art and craft shops, museums and art galleries. Forster is a great holiday destination or a place to retire with all facilities handy.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
joyful_1965
joyful_1965 Like to know where the museums and art galleries are ?
2yrs+
smilingjack
smilingjack 3 hours from sydney? really - how? Its a minimum 4 and a half hours if you dont encounter traffic which is very unlikely. fine wine? luxury resort style accomodation? I think people from Forster have a different idea about what luxury accomodation and fine wine are then the rest of the civilised world.
2yrs+
forstercrusader
forstercrusader smiling jack on his bi-polar quest to under mind forster, 4 and a half hour drive? you must be old, i dont know anyone except for the L plater who could possible drive that slow. i do it in 3.5 hrs and google does it to the beautiful bridge in 3hr 50mins.
all the best with your fine dinning, we learnt to cook at home up here!

country lifestyle, we love it!
2yrs+
Damo71
Damo71 smiling jack mate I live in Sydneys south west (Liverpool region) 3 hours and 45 minutes door to door and i do it once a fortnight as my parents live up there. Forster is a growing town slowly but surely growing gee I remember when it did not have a McDonalds and the likes. In regards to hitting traffic pick the times you leave oh and by the way the road you should be using to get there is the F3 not the Old Pacific Hwy, you probably think it still takes 4 hours to Canberra as well. On a final note it being a christian community so what pretty smart hey keeping the other idiots out, look at the demise of Sydney because they lost those values. So the short of it is this if you do not like it there DONT GO THERE do the people of Forster and yourself a favour.
2yrs+
smilingjack
smilingjack damo and forstercruader.
up at 5am for a 3 hours and 45 minute drive to enjoy "dinning" at mcdonalds. La dolce vita! this page is about real estate. forster real estate has dropped dramatically and will continue to do so. it has the largest old and very old, poor, uneducated and unemployed population in australia. thats the undisputable facts.
the council charges the highest rates in the region whilst simultaneously cutting infrastructure work and still managed to lose $3 million of rate payers money last month alone. A trend that will continue for a long time to come. its councillors and management, like the town itself are on life support. old tired with no ideas and mostly, like the rest of the population only have a basic education.
http://www.greatlakes.nsw.gov.au/Your_Council/Council_and_Councillors
anyone buying any property in Forster will be losing money and quickly.
By all means if you want to be in a community of very old, poor, simple folk paying huge rates to a dieing council with crumbling infrastructure then Forster is the place for you
2yrs+
skyen1
skyen1 Smiling Jack - I suggest you learn to spell properly before calling others "simple"! Dinning? Dieing? I think you are the pot calling the kettle black here mate.
Jan 26, 2017
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"I would say a retirement village but giant aged care facilty is more realistic."

If your poor and want a place to live your remaining years with other very old people Forster is for you. Dining out options are very limited, apart from fishing there is little else to do. A very large very old population. The town really has nothing to offer.
Pros
  • not much.
Cons
  • its just not an inviting invigorating town. why anyone would drive 4 and a half hours to spend summer in a caravan park here is beyond me.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
Treesnleaves
Treesnleaves What a ridiculous review, say a particular area has NOTHING going for it is an invitation for people to look down on you.
Forster is a lovely area full of lovely people.
One thing’s for sure, New south Wales property will Always to be more sort after then Adelaide
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"Popular beach town"

Forster is a very popular beach town on the Central Coast of New South Wales. There are two main beaches in this area - Forster beach and Five Mile Beach. The busiest time for Forster is during the summer periods where many Sydney siders come up to spend Christmas or New Years vacationing. The beach and excellent fishing make it very attractive. The area has all the usual beach town facilities like pub, boat hire, fishing shops, surf shops and restaurants. You will find more fish and chips and cheap Chinese restaurants than hatted restaurants as most people who come here are very laid back.
smilingjack
smilingjack the central coast is actually a good 3 hours drive south of Forster - once again if you dont hit traffic which is very unlikely.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"tired town with zero prospects"

house prices have crashed. some of the poorest people in australia according to index of living standard. high crime.
if you want to live in a poor white christian retirement village this is the place for you.
Pros
  • not much.
Cons
  • lots of old christians. no work. dont believe that its good for professionals as there are none here.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Only for a holiday"

while Forster is a nice places to visit it's not a very good place to live. Its a nice quiet clean town but that's most likely because its such a small place there aren't many shops or much for younger adults to do only a few restruants, one small cinema, no night clubs and next to no music scene. Forster is some where for you to retire to not to raise a family.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Forster

Gleeson Ave

3.5/5
"Linking living with the ocean"
-32.18531 152.53137

Becker Rd

4/5
"heavy days"
-32.1886222562 152.53197579
"Best place in the world"
-32.2184804282 152.5201595628

Surfview Ave

2.5/5
"Rude people"
-32.19404 152.52201

Hadley St

4.5/5
"Central location"
-32.1814881236 152.5253641669