7.7 out of 10

Forresters Beach

Ranked 319th 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
  • Schools
  • Eating Out
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Beach Lovers
  • Singles

Reviews

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!!!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • 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.
Recommended for
  • Retirees
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
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • 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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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.