8.1 out of 10

Forresters Beach

Ranked 279th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.414585511951 151.461888812898
Great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Childcare
  • Medical Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Shopping Options
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Aug 09, 2019

"Beachfront Heaven close to everything!"

Forresters Beach is the perfect vantage point to watch whales, and to look back onto Wamberal and Terrigal beaches. It is positioned perfectly central to all the best spots on the Central Coast with Terrigal and Avoca only minutes drive south and Bateau Bay, Shelly Beach, Magenta Shores all within a stones throw. Take your pick of surf clubs for weekend breakfasts or a spot of lunch. Feel like you are on holiday every weekend! The houses that line beachfront are all beautiful. The locals are friendly. Local shops, well connected by public transport making it a breeze to work in the Sydney CBD. Many good schools in the area including Central Coast Grammar. Couldn't have been happier becoming a Forries resident!
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  • Families with kids
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Jul 27, 2019

"Mansions on a cliff"

Forresters Beach is beautiful and has the best of everything. It is a quiet beach, lined by multi-million dollar properties on the cliff-face. The community is warm and friendly. The views are spectacular of the beach or if facing the other direction, the mountain views and glorious sunsets. There is the most amazing coastal walk right from your doorstep up the cliff, with breathtaking views, and a great vantage point to whale watch. There is also a hang gliders runway, which is wonderful to sit with a coffee and watch them take off. There is a lovely coastal path which you can continue to take all the way to Bateau Bay, Shelly Beach, Toowoon Bay, and to The Entrance etc. If you don't want to leave Forresters, but still want to dine out, there are several options (An Italian restaurant, a Pizza Place and a cafe/takeaway). There is also a wedding reception venue, hairdresser, Interiors & gift store and a bottle shop. If you want to escape the peace and quiet serenity of Forresters, you can then drive the 5 minutes to Terrigal for night life, and a whole host of restaurants, cafes and bars. If I had the choice of living in Terrigal or Forresters, I personally would choose Forresters as I like the peace and quiet, but still have the option of being able to plant myself in the hustle and bustle of Terrigal by only needing to take a 5 minute drive or cheap taxi fare. Forresters beach itself is amazing. It joins Wamberal and Terrigal beaches. Forresters is a favourite with the hardcore surfers as it gets some pretty spectacular waves and even has its own reef. If you are after a gentle swim however, the far right hand side of the beach is generally a lot calmer. The rocks and rock pools provide great visual pleasure that kids love to explore. It's also a dog friendly beach for our four-legged friends. The council have recently put in wonderful new beach access paths at both ends. There is a Bush Regeneration group who meet every month if you want to meet some locals. The Forries gym has a heated indoor pool for aqua aerobics and swimming lessons. If you have young children and work, there are 3 day care centres, one that even opens at 6am. If you are after a good school, The Central Coast Grammar School is 10 minutes away. If you want to commute to the city, there is a bus to Gosford that takes 24 minutes. Then you can get the express train that makes limited stops, so it feels quite efficient. If you plan to drive, the M1 is being connected to the M2 so motoring commute times are soon to be shortened. As for shopping, you have The Bateau Bay shopping centre that is a 5 minute drive away and is ideal for the weekly grocery shop as there you will find a Wooworths, Coles and an Aldi, as well as a Reject Shop, Butchures, Bakeries, Chemist, Medical Centre, food court and Kmart that is open late. If you want all the stores you might find in the city, Erina Fair is just a short drive away and has Mecca Cosmetica, Sephora, Fitness First, Witchery, Portmans, Dotti, Forever New, Kmart, Big W, Target and Myer, an Ice Rink, Cinema, and practically every other store you might find in the city with exception of a Zara or H&M. If you like surf clubs you have Wamberal to the right and Shelly Beach to the left which also has a golf club. If you want to have a staycation, there is Forresters Beach Resort, or you also have a choice of the Crown Plaza which is a 5 minute drive to Terrigal which is across the road from the beach, or alternatively, there is the Pullman Magenta Shores which is an 11 minute drive north, which is also placed on the beach, complete with golf club as well as a beautiful day spa, pool, sauna and steam room. Forresters Beach is a hidden gem, that is being discovered by Sydneysiders who are making the move north, and is going to see some decent growth in the future, similar to Bateau Bay (one suburb further north), that has recently achieved record breaking sales prices, despite the current property market slump.
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vincent-johnsonv
vincent-johnsonv I fully endorse what Mandy has said ---it is a glowing endorsement by Mandy but is not
exaggerated in the least ---we came here 2 years ago and simply cannot believe our luck and Sydney is only an hour and a half away and that is to the CBD so we still keep in touch with our Sydney friends and they come up here for a break from Sydney when they can
Aug 20, 2019
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

My partner and i brought a place here 6 months ago. We moved from another area of the coast and was not sure how it was going to be with the friendlyness of the people and other things that would make it feel unhomely. It really was the the right decission as we love it mountains one way ocean the other, our neighbours are friendly, it is quiet and we are central to everywhere on the coast. Be here for a while yet feels like home!!!
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
stevi82
stevi82 You'll be there for a long time because you wont be able to sell your house when you decide to move. Your comment about being "central to everhwere" really means yuo are in "no mans land", yuo are neither here not there. Your better off near gosford/terrigal or The Entrance. Wait until your house cops a broken window by one the local dole bludgers. Ive experienced it myself.
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Cant think of anywhere worse to live."

This suburb has nothing going for it. If you dont have a car you are stranded, if you need medical assistance you are in big trouble and if you have just bought a house...good luck ever selling it for what you paid for it.

I would not live here if I was paid to. I owned a house here for 5 years and it has been hell in the whole time. There are vandals and louts, rude and trouble making neighbours. If you call the police they take 1 hour to get out to you on a good day.

Stay away and you will be much better off.
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kiana1
kiana1 Forresters beach is the best suburb on the central coast. Maybe Sydney CBD would suit you best? I recently sold my house in Forresters and made amazing profits. I bought another around the corner. I love this place. Never had any problems here. This place is suited to people who loves the beach, tranquility and a great community filled with artists, surfers and young families.
2yrs+
stevi82
stevi82 I agree with JasonT. If you made amazing profits you must have bought in 20 years ago because property values have not grown in forresters beach in recent years, in fact they have plummeted significantly. The council really needs to develop some infrastructure because this area desparately needs growth. Its stuck in a time warp, full off rejects and thos that cant afford to live elsewhere. I know several people that have been assualted and vandals are all over the place. The beach is only good if you are a surfer and even so most surfers dont want to surf there. It sure is filled with artists, surfers and young families...all unemployed and on drugs with nothing better to do than cause trouble.
2yrs+
luvit
luvit Are you talking about the same Forresters Beach? I haven't seen any evidence of vandalism, the beach is popular with surfers (Banzai gets ridiculous on good days), though it doesn't work in all conditions, everyone I know around here works, and I haven't come across much evidence of people on drugs causing trouble. Are you talking about Forresters or a neighbouring suburb? Because I haven't seen any evidence of the types of problems you're talking about.
2yrs+
kiana1
kiana1 Please note the property value has dropped EVERYWHERE! not only in Forresters. You will find vandalism, unemployed people EVERYWHERE! Get my point here? Maybe your super negative attitude reflect on your bad experience in Forresters Beach? I have not experienced any trouble here and i have lived here all my life. I assume that you must have been hanging out or involved with these people to know so much about them?
2yrs+
stevi82
stevi82 I dont mean to offend residents of FB, there are nice people there but on the whole the suburb lacks infrastructure, the property prices have not grown since the mid 90s. As I said, I personally have experienced FB and would suggest that anyone looking to buy into the area to look elsewhere. Most streets dont even have footpaths. I dont think there is even flouridated water systems in place. I dont need to associate with bad people to know the area is full of bad people, its a common characteristic of the suburb. Its only natural for current residents to be defensive of my comments but people want to hear of a genuine opinion. Try calling the police and see how long it takes them to get to your door from Gosford police station? A few years ago a girl was stabbed at the bus stop, another girl faked a kidnapping only to get on the national news. Check the stats on the number of unemployed in the suburb and the crime rate available from the local police if you dont believe my review. The place is one to stay away from unless you are a passer by looking for a burger as you are starving on the way to the Entrance but even then I would recommend not stopping for a feed because you will pay Sydney prices for a burger and it wont even taste that good.
2yrs+
luvit
luvit I'm not offended - I'm just a bit mystified because I haven't come across the things you talk about (I heard about the stabbing incident in 2005), and the crimes I hear about on the news and in the paper don't support the notion that this suburb is somehow a hotbed of violent crime. I know for a fact that this suburb does not have the highest crime rate on the Central Coast, and the unemployment rate is significantly higher in the suburb in which I work. According to the 2006 census, 4.8% of the population of this area were unemployed, which is lower than the average for the Central Coast. As far as I am aware, the water supplied across the Gosford LGA is fluoridated, including this suburb. I'm not sure where you're getting your 'stats' from, but I do wonder whether you're viewing them with bias. I know several police officers, and the suburbs they advised me to avoid when I was looking for a home did not include this one.
2yrs+
Forrieslover
Forrieslover so, jasont did you actually live in Forresters Beach? or on the highway....and honestly stevi182 you have to be kidding yourself to recommend The Entrance or Gosford....more "questionable" people int those locations than in Forries mate. Oh and Terrigal - sure it has lots to offer but it also has a high rate of "drunken behaviour" and vandalism.......
2yrs+
stevi82
stevi82 Basically the central coast is ALL crap then if The Entrance and Gosford are querstionable and Terrigal is vandalism and drunks and Forries has all its problems.
2yrs+
stevi82
stevi82 Forreslover...hows your property value going? is it like the Coles ad? down down deeper and down
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Serenity and peace, a beautiful friendly area"

We moved here from Sydney's northern beaches thirteen years ago and have never looked back, this is a most special area, the beach is a walk away no matter which part of Forresters you live, it's a great place to surf, we have a fantastic little shopping centre with good takeaways at Forries shop, a nice little bakery that make great coffee, a friendly hairdresser, bottle shop, doctors surgery, and chemist, plus some great restaurants and a resort.
There are three major shopping centres a short drive away at Erina, Bateau Bay and Tuggerah.
The people here are friendly, we have lovely neighbours, and it's a fantastic place to raise kids, there are several parks, the beach is dog friendly for your four legged friends. The gym and pool are close by and three child care centres. It's an excellent area and highly recommended.
Pros
  • Good Parks
  • Beach
  • Great bush walks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Quiet and friendly"

I've lived here for just over a year, and I love it! It is quiet and tucked out of the way. There are a few shops (so it's easy to get essentials without driving anywhere), and the beach is quiet.

It is not far to the shopping centres at Bateau Bay and/or Erina Fair, and has a nice mixture of bushland and beach.

If you want a medical centre on the doorstep, and/or lively nightlife, this suburb isn't for you; but if you want to live next to a quiet beach, you may want to consider it.
Pros
  • Beach
  • Great bush walks
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Hipsters
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
2yrs+

"Pleasant combination of beach and bush"

I lived in Forresters Beach for 18 months. It's a peaceful neighbourhood, tucked away so that most people drive past without noticing it. Very conveniently located with choice of shopping in Bateau Bay and Erina, and no amenities seemed to be far away. Regular bus services along the Entrance Road. Beautiful beaches and lots of bush and wildlife still around.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
2yrs+

"Very friendly community, fantastic beaches!"

Lovely quiet area, nice friendly community, choice of 2 fantastic beaches. Good bus service. My husband used to catch the bus to Gosford, and the train to Sydney.

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