Forrest Beach is the surfing beach for the town of Ingham. It lies 20km east of the town and the Bruce Highway, and contains a small holiday settlement, spread for 4km along the 14km beach.
There is a store, hotel and caravan park at the beach, and a wide foreshore reserve that backs the beach. The reserve also contains an amenities block, playground and picnic facilities. The stinger net is directly in front of the surf life saving club, with a concrete boat ramp just to the north.
The beach lies toward the northern end of the open Halifax Bay and faces slightly south-east, exposing it to waves averaging between 0.5 and 1m. These combine with the medium-sized beach sand to build a 50m wide high tide beach, fronted by a 50m wide bar that is cut by small rip channels during and following waves greater than 1m.
Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving Club
The original Forrest Beach Surf Life Saving body was formed in 1927 and affiliated with Life Saving Australia in 1938.
The club folded in 1956 and restarted in 1958 after a public meeting called by the Hinchinbrook Shire Council, the club was fully revived in 1959.
Nippers were introduced to Forrest Beach in 1969 and still runs strong today. The beaches are beautiful and the team of life savers work hard to keep all individuals swimming between the flags safe. It’s a great place to visit, swim or join the club.
9 Palm St, Forrest Beach, QLD, 4850