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Best of the Barrington Coast in Forster NSW

19 May 2020

New South Wales’s mid-north coast is famous for its stunning beaches, waterways and national parks and Discovery Parks – Forster is right in the heart of it all! You’ll find Forster on the Barrington Coast, just three and a half hours north of Sydney. Spend your stay soaking up the best in local beach walks, boutique shopping and food experiences or splash down for water sports and fishing on the Great Lakes!

We asked the team at Discovery Parks – Forster for their favourite things to see and do in the region and discovered there is something for everyone on the Barrington Coast!


Beaches & Relaxing Coastal Walks

We are famous for our pristine waterways, secluded beaches and coastal walking trails and over 190kms of absolute stunning coastline. Take a relaxing stroll on the beach, have a dip, grab a boogie board and hit the sand dunes, or take the 4WD along the beach stretches. For the more adventurous, a sunset horse-back ride along the white sands with Horse About Tours could be for you. Discovery Parks Forster - Beach Walks


Great Lakes Food Trail

One of the little-known gems of Forster and the Barrington Coast is the incredible food experiences on offer. Take time when you are here to explore the Great Lakes Food Trail and enjoy local wineries, artisan bakery, boutique breweries, natural products, giftwares and more. You can even pre-order awesome goodies and have them waiting for you in your cabin on arrival thaks to local business Farm to FridgeDiscovery Parks Forster - Local Produce


Village Drives & Boutique Shopping 

Take a scenic tour and visit beautiful heritage towns and villages, offering a glimpse a country life. Cafes, boutique and vintage shopping with a country atmosphere: what more could you ask for?


Get Back to Nature

With an abundance of national parks, state forests, nature reserves and conservation areas, nature lovers will be spoilt for choice. Just an hour’s drive away you can experience the state’s tallest single-drop waterfall, Ellenborough Falls, at 200m and the tallest tree at the Grandis picnic area. 


Big & Little Kid Fun

There is so much to do for kids of all ages! From dolphin and whale spotting to water golf and putt putt, right through to big sand dunes for boogie boarding and off-road biking. Or head out to enjoy nearby Big Buzz Fun Park or cuddle a Tassie Devil joey at Aussie Ark in Barrington Tops. 



Deep sea, river and lakes, rock fishing, even give prawning a go! Great Lakes Fishing and Tackle is the one stop fishing shop and Luke will be happy to share the latest fishing tips and best local spots to cast a line.Discovery Parks Forster - Fishing


Water Sports

Fun on the water is what we’re all about, from action-packed water skiing to laidback kayaking. Perhaps stand up paddle board yoga is more your style or simply sitting, relaxing and taking in the sunsets - our rivers and lakes system offers it all.  Discovery Parks Forster - Water sports


Whales & Dolphins

Always keep one eye on the water as the chance of seeing dolphins is pretty high! Stroll along the foreshore, climb the lookouts and don’t forget whale season each year for spotting Humpback mothers and calves. To get up close and personal or relax on the lake maybe a cruise is more your style. We recommend local suppliers Amaroo Cruises and Free Spirit Cruises.


Something for Everyone

Fine arts, crafts and museums are waiting to be explored, including the largest collections of motorcycles at the Australian Motorcycle Museum. And of course, let’s not forget great golf courses for those looking for a hit.


Weekend Markets & Events

The region is known for amazing fun-filled markets and local events. Keep up to date with upcoming events as things re-open and we transition back to normal, or start adding in these key event dates to your future travel plans here

For more amazing ideas from the Barrington Coast we love to read the beautiful Explore Barrington Coast – free online magazine to keep up to date with What’s On in the region. This magazine is free for you to access from the comfort of your own lounge room while you dream and plan your next trip away. Discovery Parks Forster - Markets


Ready to discover the year-round lifestyle and unforgettable experiences of Forster and the Barrington Coast? The team at Discovery Parks – Forster are looking forward to welcoming you soon.  


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