Forster/Tuncurry are adjoining coastal towns in the Mid North Coast region and are part of the Great Lakes District.
The population of Forster/Tuncurry is 20,000 people, the median age of residents is 49 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population.
Forster/Tuncurry is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Forster is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two coastal towns. Forster/Tuncurry is about a four hour drive from Sydney, it is a popular summer holiday destination, its population is also increasing due to its coastal lifestyle.
The closest airport to Forster/Tuncurry is at Taree, just 40 minutes to the north. Rex offers daily direct services to Sydney and Newcastle.
The major sources of employment in Forster/Tuncurry are:
- Retail trade
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Education and Training
- Public Administration and Safety
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. A broad range of acute services are offered, with over 25 speciality areas including orthopaedics, cardiology, general surgery, gynaecology, endoscopy, ear nose and throat, respiratory medicine, ophthalmology, urology and geriatric medicine.
Manning Base Hospital is a major regional hospital in Taree, just 40 minutes from Forster. The hospital itself has 160 beds, a four bed ICU and six bed cardiac care unit, with an adjacent six bed high dependency unit. There is an emergency department, with about 25,000 presentations per year, and medical, surgical and children’s wards.
Forster Tuncurry Medical Centre
Tuncurry Medical Centre
Wallis Street Medical Centre
Within the Forster/Tuncurry region there are three public primary schools, three secondary schools, and two tertiary colleges.
For young families the Forster/Tuncurry region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from six weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on childcare options please click here
Stockland Forster shopping centre is a large regional shopping complex that hosts most of the well-known national chains including Aldi, Bunnings, Coles, Woolworth, Target and Best & Less, numerous fashion and speciality retail shops and a large number of cafés and restaurants.
There are many places of worship in Forster/Tuncurry including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Church of Christ, Coast Evangelical, Forster Spiritual Church and Uniting churches and the Marpa Buddhist Centre.
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Meetups in Forster-Tuncurry
Camp Creative (January)
Opera by the Lake (March)
Nissan Great Lakes Motorfest (June)
Forster Running Festival (September)
Tuncurry Lakeside Festival (November)
New Year’s Celebrations (December)
Points of Interest
Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruises
Secret Galley at Kularoo, Forster
Great Lakes Historical Museum
Booti Booti National Park
Cape Hawke Lookout, Forster
The Big Buzz Fun Park
As a regional centre and popular tourist destination there is a lot on offer in Forster/Tuncurry including sporting and recreational clubs, cinemas and shopping, music, arts and cultural events, food festivals, art festivals and more.