Forster, New South Wales

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Forster
New South Wales
ForsterNSWAus2.JPG
View of Tuncurry from Forster side
Forster is located in New South Wales
Forster
Forster
Coordinates 32°10′50″S 152°30′42″E / 32.18056°S 152.51167°E / -32.18056; 152.51167Coordinates: 32°10′50″S 152°30′42″E / 32.18056°S 152.51167°E / -32.18056; 152.51167
Population 13,116 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2428
Elevation 6 m (20 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location
LGA(s) Great Lakes Council
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Localities around Forster:
Tuncurry Tuncurry Tasman Sea
Forster Tasman Sea
Tasman Sea

Forster is a coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Great Lakes Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. The usual local pronunciation of the name is "Foster".

At the 2011 census, the Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 18,904 people,[2] while the permanent population of Forster alone was 13,116.[1]

History[edit]

Forster is named after William Forster, who was briefly Premier of New South Wales and who later served as Agent-General in London.[3] The first post office in Forster opened on 1 October 1872, with John Wyllie Breckenridge as postmaster at a salary of £10 a year.[4]

Tourism[edit]

Because of its close proximity to Sydney, just under 4 hours drive, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination; in the hotter months the population increases considerably.

The school holidays in the colder months also bring a considerable number of holidaymakers. Forster-Tuncurry is predominantly a family holiday location with large lakes and white sandy beaches. Notable nearby attractions the Bicentennial Trail, Cape Hawke, and Booti Booti National Park.[5]

The most popular beaches are Forster Main Beach and One Mile Beach, serviced by Forster and Cape Hawke Surf Lifesaving Clubs respectively. Pebbly Beach is popular with local surfers.

The relatively small Forster SLSC achieved national recognition in 1996 when their under-18 beach sprint relay team won gold at the Australian Championships.[citation needed]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Forster (Forster-Tuncurry Marine Rescue, 1896–2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37.5
(99.5)
38.0
(100.4)
33.5
(92.3)
30.0
(86)
28.2
(82.8)
26.4
(79.5)
25.0
(77)
30.0
(86)
39.1
(102.4)
37.0
(98.6)
36.0
(96.8)
43.0
(109.4)
43.0
(109.4)
Average high °C (°F) 26.4
(79.5)
26.3
(79.3)
25.5
(77.9)
23.6
(74.5)
21.0
(69.8)
18.8
(65.8)
18.0
(64.4)
19.3
(66.7)
21.6
(70.9)
22.7
(72.9)
23.6
(74.5)
25.5
(77.9)
22.7
(72.9)
Average low °C (°F) 19.6
(67.3)
19.5
(67.1)
17.6
(63.7)
15.1
(59.2)
11.8
(53.2)
9.8
(49.6)
8.7
(47.7)
9.2
(48.6)
11.7
(53.1)
13.8
(56.8)
16.3
(61.3)
18.0
(64.4)
14.3
(57.7)
Record low °C (°F) 12.0
(53.6)
14.0
(57.2)
11.5
(52.7)
6.6
(43.9)
4.5
(40.1)
3.9
(39)
2.5
(36.5)
2.0
(35.6)
4.7
(40.5)
5.6
(42.1)
9.0
(48.2)
10.0
(50)
2.0
(35.6)
Rainfall mm (inches) 107.4
(4.228)
121.1
(4.768)
148.8
(5.858)
128.7
(5.067)
117.9
(4.642)
118.9
(4.681)
87.3
(3.437)
71.5
(2.815)
66.5
(2.618)
78.7
(3.098)
82.0
(3.228)
92.4
(3.638)
1,221.6
(48.094)
Avg. precipitation days 8.3 8.7 9.9 9.0 9.1 8.7 7.9 7.2 6.9 8.1 8.5 7.9 100.2
 % humidity 73 74 70 69 64 68 63 59 64 68 72 72 68
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forster (NSW) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forster – Tuncurry (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Reed, A.W. (1969) Place-Names of New South Wales: Their Origins and Meanings, Sydney: A.H & A.W. Reed
  4. ^ "Images". NSW State Records. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Forster". Destination NSW. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forster Tuncurry Marine Rescue". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 4 August 2013.