Port Macquarie or Forster?

Submitted: Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 17:26
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Thank you in advance. I'm traveling the North Coast with 3 kids under 9 and would love to know people's thoughts on staying at Forster v Port Macquarie. Whilst the kids need entertaining it would also be nice for us to also chill out with easy beach/cafe/shop etc. access. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Gronk - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 18:08

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 18:08
Flip a coin.....Forster, Tuncurry or Port, each very similar ..

Me personally, coming in at a very close 1st place would be Forster North Coast Holiday park.....close to beach, shops and lake.

There are others more suitable for kids......Lanis, Smugglers at Forster, but not near shops or beach..
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 18:58

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 18:58
I agree with Gronk.
Forster is much less busy than Port Macquarie, easier parking etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - tommo05 - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 19:05

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 19:05
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 20:28

Monday, Aug 10, 2015 at 20:28
I've had two different friends who have been mugged in Port Macquarie on different occasions. I don't have any friends who have been mugged anywhere else. That weird bit of information and the fact I think Forster is a nice place, means I vote Forster.
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Follow Up By: cruiser 3 - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 08:07

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 08:07
Come on. Although I reccommended Forster, Port Macquarie is not that bad.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 08:40

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 08:40
I wouldn't have thought so either, but 2 people I know have been bashed and robbed there and I thought that was weird because it hasn't happened anywhere else. It's a very rare event confined to Port Macquarie in my circle of friends :-) In fairness, I have been there and did escape unharmed with my wallet...
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 15:19

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 15:19
If you want a park that is close to the beach and coffee shops then Forster Beach would possibly be the best or the one across the inlet at Tuncurry.

If coffee shops can be a little further away then The Beach Front at North Haven would be my pick. Its near Port Macquarie, in a quieter area and cheaper.


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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 08:34

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 08:34
The Rock Pool at Tuncurry near the entrance of the Lake provides very enjoyable and safe calm water swimming for kids and adults and is just a short walk from surf beach and caravan park and not far from Tuncurry shops. Tuncurry would be our pick for a family of young kids. There is a reasonable café in the park by the rock pool!
Also, if you are in season, Foster/Tuncurry produces the famous Wallis Lake oysters! Boat cruises on the lake are great for the kids too. Foster has a couple of decent cafes. John and Lynne
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:10
Hi Stoney,

Another vote for Forster. We started going to Forster when our children were a similar age & some 30 + years later still we are still very fond of the area. Safe swimming for the children in Tuncurry as John & Lynn said & also in the lake at Forster. Plenty of cafes, family friendly restaurants, & clubs. You have not mentioned what style of accommodation you prefer but there are lots of holiday rentals, & a choice of camping grounds. Forster Beach Caravan Park would be my pick due to location.
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