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Forster – Tuncurry

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Hunter, Manning & Central Coast

The coastal towns of Forster and Tuncurry are part of the Great Lakes District of the NSW Mid North Coast, they are located on either side of the entrance of Wallis Lake, and joined by a large bridge.

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Location

Forster - Tuncurry are 300 km (3 hr 30 min drive) north from Sydney. They are 165km (2 hr drive) from Newcastle and 110 km (70 min drive) to Port Macquarie.

The twin townships are surrounded by national parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches, the area has emerged as a popular ‘lifestyle region’.

How to get there

The closest airport to Forster - Tuncurry is at Taree, just 40 min drive to the north. Regional Express (REX) offers daily direct services to Sydney and Newcastle.

Population

Forster - Tuncurry is home to almost 20,000 people, the median age of residents is 57 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

The towns are in the Hunter, New England, & Central Coast Primary Health Network, this fact sheet provides an overview of population health for the primary health network area.

Healthcare facilities

Manning Base Hospital is the closest public hospital, it is located in Taree a 40 min drive from Forster. The hospital has specialist wards/units including surgery, day surgery, general medicine, obstetrics, paediatrics, emergency services, oncology, palliative care, renal services and mental health. The hospital also provides a broad range of diagnostic and allied health services including radiology, ultrasound, physiotherapy, pathology and occupational therapy.

Forster Private Hospital is a 73 bed acute medical surgical and rehabilitation facility with two operating theatres, dedicated day surgery unit, 24 hour on-site medical support and a high dependency unit.

There is an Ambulance Service of  NSW station in Tuncurry.

 

 

Accredited GP practices

  • Access Health Care – Tuncurry
  • Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre
  • Tobwabba AMS
  • Tuncurry Medical Centre
  • Wallis Street Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Forster - Tuncurry are aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, cafes and restaurants, secondary education, and hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals).
  • Education

  • Childcare

For young families the Forster - Tuncurry region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
  • Shopping

As a regional centre Forster – Tuncurry offers a range of shopping opportunities including Aldi, Coles and Woolworth supermarkets, large retail chains including Bunnings, Target, Best and Less as well a range of smaller reatail and boutique stores, and cafés and restaurants.
  • Places of worship

In Forster - Tuncurry there are places of worship for a range of Christian denominations including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Seventh-Day Adventist and Uniting. The Marpa Buddhist Centre is in Forster, the nearest mosque is in Newcastle, 2 hr drive from Forster-Tuncurry.
  • Points of interest

Forster - Tuncurry is well known for its beautiful beaches, dolphin and whale cruises, and surrounding national parks. There are also museums, theatre, art galleries, and cinemas. Major annual events are Grow Your Own Music Festival, Battle of the Boats, Pacific Palms Surf Boat Carnival, Forster Triathlon Festival and the Rock to Rock Ocean Swim, Great Lakes Tourism lists events that are happening in the region.
  • Sporting activities

Forster - Tuncurry has a range of sporting facilities and activities/clubs. There are many sporting and recreation clubs in Forster – Tuncurry including rugby league, football, tennis, cricket and bowling. Other popular sporting activities include swimming, scuba diving, surfing and fishing.
  • Community groups and activities

A listing of community and service groups in Forster - Tuncurry including the Rotary Club and the Lions Club is available at Community Information Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Forster - Tuncurry. A good place to start is the Facebook pages Forster / Tuncurry NSW Australia, Tuncurry Forster Community Noticeboard, Forster Tuncurry Buy Sell and Swap and  MidCoast Council.