Forresters Beach is a quiet beachside suburb on the Central Coast of NSW.
Perched high, the suburb offers some of the most stunning coastal views you will experience, making it a perfect spot to visit during whale watching season.
When it comes to picnics at Foresters Beach we found two spots worth setting up. But let it known be known that both spots are all about the serenity and not about amenity.
There are no toilets, no bbq's and no covered seating areas anywhere near either spot. They are also both in National Parks, so you will have to keep the pups at home for these picnics.
Don't let that deter you though, just factor in that it might be a better spot for some quiet me time versus a big family picnic outing.
The first spot we visited was Cromarty Hill which is the northern most point of Foresters Beach and links up with the popular Coastal Track and Crackneck Lookout.
When you follow your maps directions to Cromarty Hill, it will take you through a scenic maze of roads that is Forrester's Beach and land you right at the only available carpark.
The roads leading in are single lanes and not very well maintained, especially following the deluge of early 2022 which was the time of writing this blog.
Once you are in the carpark you will see the big phone tower which is the direction you are heading, the best grassed area is only a couple hundred metres up the hill, so if you have some stuff to carry, the hike ins't too bad at all and the trail is sealed and in good condition.
While it isn't somewhere I would organise a family picnic, I think Cromarty Hill is one of the best spots for individuals and couples to come hang out, take in the amazing views and if you are like me, be inspired and get some creative work done, like a blog for your website :)
Remembering also, it is the perfect spot for whale watching when the majestic beasts cruise past in June and July, and again in September to November.
The second spot we set up was Spoon Bay, which is the southern end of Forrester's Beach.
Located within the Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve (a National Park) this hidden gem is ideal for a family picnic with some great swimming spots and plenty of rocks and bushland for the kids to explore.
There is a good amount of sealed parking in the designated area, plus street parking all around when the main carpark gets busy.
The track down to the beach is paved so easy going, there are a few stairs to get down and up from the sand, but an easy walk for most.
Again, there are zero ammenities and the beach is not patrolled, but the lack of crowds, the pristine sand and the view down to the Teriigal Skillion will make up for any lack of creature comforts.