Enjoy every moment of your holiday on, in or under the beautiful waters of Wallis Lake.

The holiday towns of Forster and Tuncurry embrace Wallis Lake where it meets the Pacific Ocean. The bridge and beaches here are famous however the lake itself holds many hidden gems that a land bound visitor may miss.

But who cares if you don't own a boat? Here’s how to holiday like a millionaire on Wallis Lake, without it costing the earth.

Wallis Lake Forster Dolphins
The dolphins of Wallis Lake are intrigued by human visitors to Forster and Tuncurry.

Fun on Wallis Lake

The turquoise waters of Wallis Lake make it the most picturesque and widely enjoyed waterway of the Barrington Coast. The lake surface is almost 100 square kilometres and it's an iconic landmark. It comes alive in the summer months with boaters, fishers, paddlers and swimmers joining the dolphins, rays and turtles that call this lake home.

A houseboat on Wallis Lake becomes your own floating oasis, close to everything you want to be doing.
A houseboat on Wallis Lake becomes your own floating oasis, close to everything you want to be doing.

Hire a houseboat in Forster

Enjoy the beauty of Wallis Lake aboard your own floating oasis: wake up, swim, fish, eat, sleep, repeat. See our separate story: A houseboat holiday on Wallis Lake.

Barbecue boat hire from Blue Peter Boatshed on Wallis Lake at Forster.
Barbecue boat hire from Blue Peter Boatshed on Wallis Lake at Forster.

Hire a barbecue boat in Forster

Fully equipped for your movie star moment afloat with comfy leather seating, shade cover, swim ladder, safety gear, Weber barbecue, icebox, bluetooth stereo plus chaise lounges for your Instaworthy photos. Jealous yet?

Boat hire plus cafe at Paradise Marina on Wallis lake at Forster.
Boat hire plus cafe at Paradise Marina on Wallis lake at Forster.

Hire a fishing runabout in Forster

The famous Aussie tinny but upgraded for your fishing pleasure with open cabin or half cabin. Feeling fancy? Then try the luxury runabout with 40Hp engine, shade canopy, bluetooth stereo, padded leather seats, swim ladder and that must-have accessory… the GPS fish finder.

Hire a cruiser in Forster

If you have your boating licence then this is the ultimate upgrade for your day on Wallis Lake. From Boatshed Number One try their new 10 metre luxury Bayliner Cruiser for hire and small group private charters. Or maybe you'll like millionaire feel of the Quintrex 510 Cruiseabout from Waterline Boathouse, with 100Hp engine, windshield, canopy, swivel seats plus padded seats in the bow for those super-splashy moments your kids will love. BYO designer sunnies.

Stand up paddle boarding on Wallis Lake (photo by Jungle Surf)
Stand up paddle boarding on Wallis Lake (photo by Jungle Surf)

Hire see-through kayaks, pedal boats or stand up paddle boards

Who cares how you like to paddle? Sitting down, standing up, using your arms or your legs… the choice is many. Either way, getting closest to the water without getting wet (mostly!) is a great day out on the lake. So flex those muscles and smile at the wildlife close up.

Epic Surf Ocean Adventures at Forster
Epic Surf Ocean Adventures at Forster

Take a high speed boat tour

From Boatshed Number One you can join a tour with Epic Surf Ocean Adventures aboard their 'go fast military grade' high speed Gemini Waverider rigid inflatable boat. This is Forster’s fastest boat tour with the most fun! Choose the Whale Watch Ocean Adventure (1.5 - 2 hours) or the Dolphin Watch Ocean Adventure (45 minutes). You can even take a personalised tour aboard their mini RIB Thunderbird One. All systems are go, for your fun on the lake!

Hire a jetski in Forster

For the fastest way around Wallis Lake if you have a jetski licence. Just be careful of wildlife, people swimming and keep your noisiest freestyling away from other lake users. Way cool dude!

The freshest seafood at Thirty Three Degrees
The freshest seafood at Thirty Three Degrees

Love the local seafood in Forster Tuncurry

If you don’t feel like catching your own dinner then Wallis Lake provides abundant seafood including the unbeatable Sydney Rock oysters that you’ll see growing on leases throughout the lake. Pick up the freshest catch of the day at any of these seafood outlets.

Also check out our recommendations for enjoying seafood ashore here.

Isola Riva Forster
Mediterranean share plates that are too good to refuse, at Isola Riva in Forster.

Find breakfast, lunch or dinner on the shores of Wallis Lake

Holidays are best when someone else cooks, so come ashore from your houseboat or runabout to enjoy a meal at one of the waterside eateries scattered on the lake shores.

  • Thirty Three Degrees:For lovers of seafood and the freshest Sydney Rock oysters direct from their own oyster farms. You can park your boat at their private wharf while you eat plus there’s live music on weekends.
  • Isola Riva: Superbly delicious Mediterranean-inspired share plates overlooking the calm lake waters, so close you could dip in your toe. Better than being in Venice.
  • Pacific Palms Recreation Centre: If you’re cruising down the far southern end of Wallis Lake then ‘The Recky’ should be on your list of top spots. Park your boat at their jetty while you enjoy the bistro favourites with specials for lunch and dinner. The sunset views across to Wallingat National Park are sensational.
  • Paradise Marina: Award-winning café with all your breakfast and lunch favourites using premium local produce.
  • The Deck: Tuncurry’s other waterfront café with awesome food to match the views.

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