The top 6 walks near Foster
Headlands, lookouts, beaches, lakes and coastal forests… Forster offers plenty of interesting walks so grab your hat, sunscreen and water bottle, there’s a lot to see in every direction.
1. Pebbly Beach Bicentennial Walk, Forster
- START: Ocean Baths, Forster Main Beach, North St.
- DISTANCE: 4 km (each way)
- TIME: 2 hours (each way)
- GRADE: Easy/Medium
This nature walk starts at the Forster Ocean Baths, known to locals as the Bull Ring. The walk continues from near the amenities block through to Second Head with two ocean view lookouts. Take the stairs to Pebbly Beach, then continue along the foreshore past the popular ‘Tanks’ swimming area and onto Bennetts Head, another great vantage point to spot dolphins and whales. Continue down the Rotary Walk onto One Mile Beach sand dune and walk along the beach until you reach Palmgrove Park, before finally heading up to the secluded Burgess Beach.
2. Breakwall to Breakwall, Forster-Tuncurry
- START: Forster Breakwall
- DISTANCE: 2 km (each way)
- TIME: 45 min (each way)
- GRADE: Easy
Starting from Forster Breakwall, walk along the foreshore and onto the bridge. Continue across Wallis Lake entrance to Tuncurry watching for dolphins in the lake. Turn right and walk north through John Wright Park, around the dry boat dock and past the Fishermans Co-Op. Keep following the track towards Rockpool Rd, continue along the foreshore past the Rockpool where you can take a dip here you will find toilets, Kiosk and a playground. Continue out onto the Tuncurry Break Wall.
3. Burgess Road, Forster to McBrides Beach or Cape Hawke
- START: Burgess Rd, Forster
- DISTANCE: 3km
- TIME: 1.5 hours
- GRADE: Medium
The southern end of Burgess Road at Forster provides access to the Cape Hawke precinct of Booti Booti National Park. The well-trodden walking track takes you from Burgess Road through the forest to McBrides Beach Trail, a disused 4WD track that descends steeply to McBrides Beach. At this point you can choose to go down the track to the secluded beach, or you can continue to walk on Cape Hawke Drive up to the Cape Hawke Lookout. This superb lookout is worth every step of the 500m hike through regenerating littoral rainforest but leave enough energy for 420 steps up to the 8.4m tower with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. Here you’ll see Booti Booti to the south, Wallingat National Park to the south west, plus on a clear day you’ll see as far as Barrington Tops: the highest point of the Barrington Coast!
4. Booti Hill Walking Track
- START: Ruins Campground, The Lakes Way, Pacific Palms
- DISTANCE: 7.3 km loop
- TIME: 2.5 hours – 3.5 hours
- GRADE: Medium/Hard
This walk touches the Pacific Ocean and shores of Wallis Lake, with views from the headland and plenty of wildlife to spot. Starting near The Ruins Campground on the southern corner of Seven Mile Beach, look for the signposted track and stairs - this climbs up the northern side of Booti Hill. The track emerges onto the ridge crest above Lindemans Cove and joins a fire trail. Go straight ahead to descend to Elizabeth Beach or turn right on the main walking track to descend down to the Lakes Way. Cross this busy road for a change of pace as the final 3.5km of this loop on Lakeside Walk follows the Wallis Lake shoreline, taking you back to your starting point at The Ruins.
5. Cellito Rainforest Walk, Smiths Lake
- START: Cellito Beach car park
- DISTANCE: 400 metres
- TIME: 10 minutes
- GRADE: Easy
Take Sandbar Road from the Lakes Way at Smiths Lake and proceed to the beach car park that’s about 100m beyond the Sandbar Caravan Park golf course. The elevated boardwalk winds through a small remnant patch of littoral rainforest, it’s a great place to re-imagine when these coastal rainforests once backed onto many beaches of the mid north coast. The boardwalk comes out of the forest onto the dunes at a viewing platform that’s a favourite spot for surfers to check the breaks. The views along Cellito Beach and Sandbar Beach towards Seal Rocks are just beautiful.
6. Sugar Creek Trail
- START: Sugar Creek Picnic Area, Wallingat National Park
- DISTANCE: 1.7 km
- TIME: 45-75 minutes
- GRADE: Easy
Just a short drive from Forster and Pacific Palms, Wallingat National Park on the western side of Wallis Lake offers great trails for walks or mountain biking for the whole family with great bird watching and picnicking opportunities. Sugar Creek Trail (also known as Hotel Creek track) is an easy walk through lush rainforest and dense palm forest with an abundance of wildlife, starting from Sugar Creek picnic area. If you want to walk a bit more, there are two more tracks nearby called Cabbage Palm Loop (1.7km loop, 45-75 minutes) and Coachwood Loop (0.8km loop, 15-30 minutes). Vehicle access is 2WD but the gravel roads can become boggy after rain.