You are spoiled for choice with the beaches in the Forster/Tuncurry area. Their different characteristics are defined by their length and shape. Those with more enclosed headlands tend to be a bit calmer and safer for children. The long, pristine white beaches facing east are more exposed leaving them at the mercy of the local winds and tides. This of course adds to their allure for surfers.
Lying to the north of the Wallis Lake inlet, this is a hugely popular surf beach. The southern end is protected by the break wall making it a great spot for the Tuncurry Rockpool which is safer for young children. There are amenities and a kiosk nearby.
This smaller beach is just south of the lake inlet and also protected by a break wall. Families like to come here to enjoy the calmer waters and also the Ocean Baths at the southern end of the beach. These are fed by tidal waters and are a good choice if the waves have lifted a bit on the beach itself.
Pebbly Beach lies south of Forster Main Beach below Second Head. Despite its name it does have sand and plenty of rock pools where you can go snorkeling or swimming with the local kids.
Home to the Cape Hawke Surf Club, this popular swimming spot is located south of Bennetts Head. It does have some tricky rips so the beach is patrolled by the local Surf Lifesaving Club during peak periods.
You'll find this pretty beach off Burgess Road towards Cape Hawke. It has lots of rock pools and small caves for families to explore.
If you have a 4WD you can drive to McBrides Beach which is off the road to Cape Hawke and at the edge of Booti Booti National Park. You can also get there via a steep walking track. The extra effort is worth it as it is more secluded than nearby beaches and quite spectacular.
Lying between the ocean and the Booti Booti National Park, this beach is popular for swimming, surfing, fishing and photography. Not to mention just kicking back and relaxing in the sun. The northern end is a great spot for rock fishing while the lower end had some challenging surf breaks and is the site of The Ruins camping ground.
Situated in the southern area of Booti Booti National Park, Elizabeth Beach faces north towards Cape Hawke. This gives it some shelter from the ocean winds. It is also patrolled during summer months.
This pretty and secluded beach to the west of Elizabeth Beach is accessed by a short bush trail off the road. It is a top spot for swimming and snorkeling. Clothing is optional here.
Defined by headlands on both sides, this beach faces east so it gets the best of the local surf. Come down here at sunrise with your camera or potter around the rock pools.
If you would prefer to dip your toes in calmer waters you can venture around to Wallis Lake. There are netted enclosures at Little Street in Forster and on the west side of the lake at Cooma.