10 Things Not To Miss While Your in Forster!!

10 Things Not To Miss While Your in Forster!!

  1. Take an Amaroo whale and dolphin watch cruise 

  2. Slide down the awesome, massive beach sand dune at One Mile Beach

  3. Walk up the spectacular Cape Hawke lookout at sunrise

  4. Take an unforgettable horse ride on the beach with Horse About Tours – if your feeling adventurous try the full moon night ride 

  5. Wake up to a morning SUP yoga session on the beautiful Wallis Lake with Jungle Surf 

  6. Have breakfast at Beach Bums Cafe on Main Beach

  7. Explore the enormous water ways of the area whether you bring your own or hire a tinny/ sup/ kayak/ canoe/water bike  

  8. Find a quiet spot to throw your line in and try your luck while watching the sunset over the lake

  9. Take the kids to the Big Buzz fun park

  10. Explore the walks and views at one of the many beautiful national parks in the area 

  11. Take a Swim with the Dolphins Trip with Forster Dive Centre

  12. Explore the vivid main street shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries 

For more information and details come and have a chat to us at reception or check out the Great Lakes Website.

What’s On in the Manning Great Lakes this Spring

What’s On in the Manning Great Lakes this Spring

If you are looking  for another excuse to getaway to the Midcoast Region this Spring, we’ve scoured the area to uncover the best events to make your holiday even better.

These events are all held within comfortable driving distance from our beautiful accommodation and give you the perfect excuse to explore all the area has to offer.

September 2016

Spring Fling – Coastal country Racing at its best – 10th September

The Jockey Club Tuncurry Forster presents their next race meeting. Always a fun day out.

www.tfjc.info

Forster Running Festival – 11 Sep 2016

Come and celebrate the 7th Brooks Forster Running Festival. The success from previous years has seen numbers grow to over a thousand competitors since the inaugural event in 2011.

Not a runner? Team up with your friends and family and enjoy the beautiful 4km walk and talk. All competitors throughout the day receive finishing medals, fresh fruit and ice cream for their recovery.

www.forsterrunningfestival.com.au

 

For more events in September: Visit www.greatlakes.org.au

 

October 2016

Old Bar Beach Festival – October Long Weekend

Held every October long weekend at Old Bar on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales this award winning Festival celebrates all that is special and unique about Aussie beach culture. Centre stage is that iconic vehicle of the beach road trip, the Kombi and there’s loads more besides. Why not drop in and join in the fun.

oldbarbeachfestival.com.au

Akoostic Music Festival – October 14, 15 and 16

3 DAYS OF NON-STOP MUSIC. The Wingham Akoostik Festival presents local and touring artists playing diverse musical styles. A mix of well-known Australian icons have performed on the Akoostik stages. The festival is a family friendly event! The live entertainment and workshop activities cater for all ages and interests. This year’s line-up includes Ross Wilson, Ash Grunwald and Shannon Noll just to name a few.

www.akoostik.com.au

Forster Ultimate Triathlon Festival – Sat 15 & Sun 16 Oct

The Forster Triathlon Festival is set to excite and thrill athletes from across Australia and overseas. A haven for watersports, Forster is the centre of the Great Lakes area and home to a number of fantastic beaches. Get set for an experience of a lifetime as an expected field of over 1,000 triathlete’s race on this amazing course that also offers family and friends of athletes the perfect getaway.

www.eliteenergy.com.au/event/forster-triathlon-festival

 

For more events in October: Visit www.greatlakes.org.au

 

November 2016

Lakeside Festival – Music Art Market Food Wine – Fri 4 – Sun 6 Nov

Saturday brings a feast for all your senses. Relax with great music while enjoying delicious food and wine. Whet your appetite watching cooking demonstrations which will showcase our local produce. Indulge in some retail therapy at the art market, bursting with local handmade unique pieces. Add a gorgeous view and entertainment for the kids and this is a date for your diary and one not to miss. “Lakeside” continues to offer a full day of awesome live music.

lakesidefestival.com.au

Great Lakes Pearl Dragons Regatta – Sat 19 & Sun 20 Nov

Come along, enjoy a full day of racing. Cheer on your local team as they compete against clubs from NSW regions. Watch the community teams as they experience the thrill of dragon boat racing.

www.pearldragons.com

 

For more events in November: Visit www.greatlakes.org.au

Win $100 Off your NEXT stay

Win $100 Off your NEXT stay

How to Enter

  1. “Check In” to Sevan on Facebook
  2. Tag Sevan in your best holiday snap on Facebook or Instagram
  3. Leave us a review on Facebook after your stay

Terms & Conditions

Winners will be selected based on the best photo tagged of Sevan, chosen by the management staff of Sevan.

All 3 entry criteria must be met.

Winners will be contacted via Facebook.

There will be one winner selected every two calendar months (promotional period). If entries are received during a promotional period, which do not comply with the above entry conditions, no winner will be drawn.

Please note that winners will only be selected from entries who can confirm their stay with us at Sevan Apartments – you will need to provide us with your prior booking details to claim you discount voucher.

Sevan does NOT claim ANY ownership rights in photos that you tag us in. However, by tagging us in a photo on Facebook or Instagram you hereby grant Sevan Apartments Forster a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, revocable, non-transferable, perpetual licence to use, modify, delete from, add to, publicly display and/or reproduce, your photo, including without limitation in any online media formats and through any social media channels, pages or accounts. If your photo is used on Sevan Apartment’s digital or social platforms (including sevan.com.au/dev), your name will always be credited. We may also choose at our sole discretion to link back to your website or business social media profile if you have one. You can revoke this licence at any time by contacting us in writing at [email protected] and informing us that you no longer want us to use your photo.

Voucher can only be redeemed on a 2 night stay minimum. Subject to availability.

Can not be used in conjunction with any other special offers.

One Mile Beach

Holiday Snap

Are you serious? Crazy traveller reviews

Are you serious? Crazy traveller reviews

If you have spent anytime at all reading reviews on platforms like TripAdvisor, you really do have to wonder what some people were thinking when they booked their holidays.

98% of our reviews are great and constructive and the majority of guests who may be unhappy are generally won over when we go the extra mile with our customer service.

A bit like road rage, review rage can be a very real thing.

Are you serious? Crazy reviews from disgruntled travellers

A survey from Thomas Cook and ABTA reveals some of the most ridiculous complaints by holiday-makers made to their travel agent.

You really have to wonder if these people are serious!

1. “I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts.”

2. “It’s lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during ‘siesta’ time – this should be banned.”

3. “On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don’t like spicy food at all.”

4. “We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels.”

5. “A tourist at a top African Game Lodge over looking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel “inadequate”.

6. A woman threatened to call police after claiming that she’d been locked in by staff. When in fact, she had mistaken the “do not disturb” sign on the back of the door as a warning to remain in the room.

7. “The beach was too sandy.”

8. “We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure.Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white.”

9. A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

10. “Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women.”

11. “We bought ‘Ray-Ban’ sunglasses for five Euros from a street trader, only to find out they were fake.”

12. “No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.”

13. “It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home.”

14. “I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends’ three-bedroom apartment and ours was significantly smaller..”

15. “The brochure stated: ‘No hairdressers at the accommodation’. We’re trainee hairdressers – will we be OK staying there?”

16. “There are too many Spanish people. The receptionist speaks Spanish. The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad.”

17. “We had to queue outside with no air conditioning.”

18. “It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we travel.”

19. “I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said they could bite.”

20. “My fiancé and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked.”

What is one of the craziest reviews you’ve ever read?

Forster – The Perfect Wedding Location

Forster – The Perfect Wedding Location

Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location
The Great Lakes region is fast becoming one of NSW’s most popular destination wedding locations on the Mid North Coast. With stunning natural landmarks, pristine beaches and picture perfect lakeside landscapes, there is a wedding location just right for every bride and groom.

Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location
Forster Tuncurry area has a great selection of restaurants, caterers and venues to suit most reception needs, and professional photographers who can bring your unique vision to life. The region boasts many diverse and picturesque options including: peaceful and secluded Seal Rocks with the iconic Sugarloaf lighthouse, the bustling trendy hamlet of Pacific Palms with its luxury beach side houses, Tiona’s outdoor Green Cathedral nestled on the banks of Wallis Lake amongst the towering palm trees and cabbage palms and Forster Tuncurry the bustling beach side twin towns, boasting stunning lake views across the crystal blue waters of the lake and ocean.

Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location
The region also has access to some of the nation’s best seafood, legendary Sydney Rock oysters and boutique local wine makers.

Located an easy 3 hour drive north of Sydney, the Great Lakes region is far away enough to escape the city hustle and bustle, yet close enough for your guests to enjoy a peaceful and relaxed time away for your wedding.

Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location
You can find a full directory listing of wedding specific providers on the Great Lakes Tourism website HERE.

Sevan Preferred Wedding Providers

Black Label Limousines Forster
“We pride ourselves on our personalised, friendly and professional service with attention to the finest detail.”
Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location

 

Leau Da Cha – Food with Flair.
We support your entire event by collaborating in the planning and design stages of the menu, to coordinating all food and function needs. We then ensures the personal delivery of the menu, with all food handmade and sourced from local produce from the Forster Tuncurry region.
Forster - The Perfect Wedding Location

Explore the Scenic Drives of the Great Lakes Region

Explore the Scenic Drives of the Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Tourism has put together some exciting scenic drive itineraries showcasing some of the areas fabulous attractions.

What a fantastic time of year to get out and explore all the beautiful diversity our region has to offer!

Visit ‘the Grandis’ – the tallest tree in NSW, Pebbly Beach, Ellanborough Falls, Seal Rocks, Picnic at Whoota Whoota National Park and much much more…

Head over to the Great Lakes Tourism website to choose from various coastal, hinterland, 2 Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive itineraries.

Forster Island Paddle Festival 2016

Forster Island Paddle Festival 2016

The Forster Island Paddle Festival will be run this year in conjunction with the Forster Island Challenge . Saturday 6th & 7th February 2016.

If you are a keen Stand Up Paddle Boarder, swimmer, runner or all of the above then you have to check out this event. Where else can you paddle or swim from island to island in crystal clear waterways? The answer is Forster unless you are from Far North Queensland. But lets face it who wants to travel all that way when we have it right here within a couple of hours drive from home.

Last years event broke the record for the Largest SUP event in Australia with a vast field of competition including former and current Iron man and woman champions. This year event will be even bigger and better with more giant SUP’s and demo’s available from Fanatic SUP Australia.

If you are looking for accommodation Sevan Apartments Forster is running a great 3 night special. Call Sevan direct on (02) 6555 0300 to secure the most convenient and luxurious accommodation for the event. Lock up garages available for your SUP’s and equipment.

Love The Great Lakes Tourism Website

Wingham Akoostic Festival 2015

Wingham Akoostic Festival 2015

Address: Wingham Showgrounds, Gloucester road, Wingham

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015 to Sunday, October 18, 2015

Phone Number: 6557 0357
Email Address: [email protected]
Website: http://www.akoostik.com.au

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a three day celebration of music, showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia’s best loved musicians. Previous festivals have seen performances from James Reyne, Grace Knight, Wendy Matthews, Richard Clapton and Rick Price, just to name a few.

Included over the three day event are workshops catering for all ages and interests. Camping is available for the entire festival at the Wingham Showgrounds.

For a full list of performing artists and current ticket prices please refer to the festival website below.

Wingham Akoostic Festival Website

Great Lakes/Manning Valley Veterans Week of Golf

Great Lakes/Manning Valley Veterans Week of Golf

When:Sun 11- Fri 16 Oct 2015

Location:Forster Golf Club, Strand Street, Forster
Sunday 11th Oct – Forster Golf Clubhouse – Registrations 2pm-4pm
Monday 12th Oct – Tuncurry Golf Course Par 72 – Stableford, 1st Round Championships

Tuesday 13th Oct – Taree Golf Course Par 71 – Stableford, 2nd Round Championships

Wednesday 14th Oct – LEISURE DAY

Thursday 15th Oct – Tallwoods Golf Course Par 72 – Stableford, 3rd Round Championships

Friday 16th Oct – Forster Golf Club Par 66 – 18 Hole 2BBB Medley Stableford

PRESENTATION DINNER, 6:30PM FOR A 7PM START AT FORSTER GOLF CLUB.

For great accommodation specials all week long. Call Sevan Apartments Forster NOW!!!

For more information on the event and courses. Click the links below.

The Spring Fling Race Day 12/09/2015   +  a huge weekend ahead

The Spring Fling Race Day 12/09/2015 + a huge weekend ahead

Spring Fling Race Day
When: Sat 12 Sep 2015, 11am
Location: Tuncurry Race Course, Chapman Rd, Tuncurry
Website: www.tfjc.info
Phone: 0429 967 823

Dont miss the Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club’s Spring Fling Race Day. Coastal Country Racing at its best.

Free bus service Forster, Tuncurry, Wingham, Taree, Blackhead.

BYO umbrella/chair but NO BYO alcohol or tents. Food and drink available.

Entry is $10, members $5, Aged Pens $5.

Pavilion from $35 per person. Contact: Margaret

Gates open at 11am.

Plus a heap of other activities to keep the entire family entertained all weekend around the Great Lakes. Take a look at the following links for more info.

Great Lakes Tourism – Events

Forster Running Festival

Walk on the Wild Side Festival

Bee Keeping Course @ Honeycomb Valley

Paddle NSW Myall Classic Ultramarathon

Boogie Youth Developement & Coahing Clinic

Wedding Open Day Sundowner tiona – Sunday

 

Australian Senior Track Championship 29/9/15

Australian Senior Track Championship 29/9/15

Taree Motorcycle Club proudly presents the Australian Senior Track Championships this weekend Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th of August 2015.

Practise from 10am. Racing from 12 noon Saturday & 10am Sunday. Come down, show some support for these talented athletes, volunteers and the Taree Motorcycle Club. Heaps of action packed racing with the best in Australia going head to head, canteen facilities and general fun. See you there.

Taree Motorcycle Club

Troy Bayliss Events

Taree Motorcycle Club Facebook

Great Lakes Tourist Information

Manning Valley Tourist Information

 

 

 

Meet Craig Lowndes this Saturday at Tyrepower Tuncurry family fun day.

Meet Craig Lowndes this Saturday at Tyrepower Tuncurry family fun day.

When: Sat 15 Aug 2015

Location: 23 Pine Ave, Tuncurry NSW 2428
Head to Tyrepower Tuncurry for a FAMILY FUN DAY this Saturday.

The fun day will run from 9am and include a jumping castle, face painting, fairy floss, balloons, free BBQ, as well as specials on tyres.

You will also have the opportunity to meet the National Ambassador for Tyrepower – CRAIG LOWNDES. Craig will be at the Tyrepower shop in Tuncurry between 12:30pm-3pm.

Bears Tuncurry Tyrepower

Craig Lowndes

Great Lakes Tourism