Wake up to secluded golden beaches, expansive coastlines, great boutique shopping and some of the Central Coast’s best cafes and restaurants. Forresters Beach is a NSW Central Coast gem, promising everything that a beach weekend or quick getaway should be. So what better than a personalised 48-hour guide? With so many things to do in Forresters Beach, we’ve put together the ideal itinerary for this waterside haven. 

Day 1


Breakfast at Di Matteos

Let the day win you over with breakfast at Di Matteos. Situated on Forresters Beach Road, this cozy café serves great coffee and delicious Mediterranean flavours, from Bruschetta to all-day Turkish Bacon and Egg brunch. Savour the morning meal while taking in the laid-back coastal atmosphere. 

Explore Crack Neck Lookout

Beautiful views from Crack Neck Lookout. Image from Rachelwilton on TripAdvisor.

After fueling up, head over to the nearby Crack Neck Lookout. With stunning panoramic views of Forresters Beach and the surrounding coastline this vantage spot also opens onto The Coast walking track. Stroll the 2 km to the north to the Bateau Bay Beach picnic area, or the scenic 1.5 km to Forresters Beach.


Shop at Drift Home and Living

Forresters Beach is filled with surprises – and many can be found in its unique local boutiques such as the iconic Drift Home and Living. This boutique store features a curated selection of unique homeware, vintage-styled gifts, books and beach-inspired decor. Whether you’re looking for a rare souvenir or something special for your home, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.


Dinner at Gilded Anchor

Stop by the Gilded Anchor Bar & Restaurant for a drink or two. Image from Gilded Anchor

Worked up an appetite yet? Then take a berth at the Gilded Anchor. Known as one of the best cocktail bar restaurants on the Central Coast, this local favourite has a well deserved reputation for its creative seafood and Asian-inspired dishes. Sip in the relaxed ambience (or perhaps a Jamaican Me Crazy cocktail). Perfect for a romantic evening or some time out with friends.

Day 2


Breakfast at The Pantry – The Quarters Forresters Beach

Breakfast at the Pantry is a must when visiting Forresters Beach. Image from The Pantry.

Serving all day brunch and specialty coffee amongst stylish decor or in the courtyard by the pool, the Pantry Forrester is known for its winning bites. Their hearty breakfast menu offers a variety of options to suit all tastes, from pantry pancakes to the cheeky chickpea and corn fritters. Tucked into the popular Quarters Ascend Hotel, this cafe has proved to be a favourite with locals and guests alike. 

Visit the Distillery Botanica

Head to the Distillery Botanica for a lovely drink! Image from Distillery Botanica

Set on three acres of gorgeous bushland, the Distillery Botanica Forresters Beach is a local institution. Embark on a delicious tour with a master distiller, take a garden and distillery tour or experience a tasty cocktail making class. Or simply learn about the art of crafting botanical spirits and enjoy sampling some of their unique creations! 


Walk along Forresters Beach

Stroll along Forresters Beach at sunset. Image from Destination Central Coast

Known for its stunning coastal views, golden sands and reef breaks, Forresters Beach is a slice of Central Coast magic. With its uncrowded shoreline and pristine waters, it’s the ideal place for a tranquil beach walk or ocean paddle or stroll along one of the nearby Wyrrabalong National Park trails. Get ready to soak up some sun and sea breezes! 


Dinner at Yellowtail Restaurant

Dinner at Yellowtail Restaurant. Image from Yellowtail.

Wrap up your Forresters Beach adventure with a memorable dinner at Yellowtail Restaurant. This Forresters Beach restaurant offers a delectable fusion of modern Australian Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, all served in a stylish and welcoming setting. Pair your meal with a selection from the wine list or a seasonal degustation menu.

Where to stay

For a bespoke experience in Forresters Beach NSW, with garden and pool views, The Quarters Ascend Hotel Collection has stylish options to suit everyone. 

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