About Forrest Beach

About Forrest Beach

Situated some 20km east of Ingham, Forrest Beach (Allingham) is a great place to unwind when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle. Forrest Beach has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island, and the Palm Island Group. It is a patrolled beach and has a stinger net installed on the beachfront for safe swimming during the summer months. Ample beachfront shady park areas with playground, barbecue, toilet and shower facilities are ideal for family picnics. A boat ramp on the beach gives access to the nearby Great Barrier Reef and islands of the Hinchinbrook region.

Fishing is excellent off the beachfront, and estuary fishing is found to the south of Cassidy Creek. Forrest Beach has a number of shops and services to meet the needs of both travellers and locals. The township boasts a SPAR Supermarket, with a small deli, fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essentials. Forrest Beach also has a newsagency, chemist and doctors surgery. Forrest Beach offers a good mix of isolation for those wishing to get away from it all with the comforts you would normally expect to find in much busier places.

Forrest Beach Location

Forrest Beach (also known as Allingham) is situated just over one hour north of Townsville and two & a half hours to the south of Cairns, in beautiful far North Queensland. To get to Forrest Beach: From Townsville, drive north on the Pacific Highway until you reach the town of Ingham. Drive through Ingham in the direction of Cairns and turn right at the traffic lights after McDonald’s. Forrest Beach is approximately 17km to the east of Ingham. From Cairns, drive south on the Pacific Highway until you reach Ingham. Turn left at the first set of traffic lights, as you are entering Ingham. Forrest Beach is about a 15 minute drive from here.

Forrest Beach Township

Situated some 20km east of Ingham, Forrest Beach (Allingham) is a great place to unwind when you need to escape from the hustle and bustle.

Forrest Beach has a long sandy beach overlooking Orpheus Island, and the Palm Island Group. It is a patrolled beach and has a stinger net installed on the beachfront for safe swimming during the summer months. Ample beachfront shady park areas with playground, barbecue, toilet and shower facilities are ideal for family picnics.

A boat ramp on the beach gives access to the nearby Great Barrier Reef and islands of the Hinchinbrook region.

Fishing is excellent off the beachfront, and estuary fishing is found to the south of Cassidy Creek.

Forrest Beach has a number of shops and services to meet the needs of both travellers and locals. The township boasts a SPAR Supermarket, with a small deli, fresh fruit and vegetables and all the essentials. Forrest Beach also has a newsagency, chemist and doctors surgery.

Forrest Beach offers a good mix of isolation for those wishing to get away from it all with the comforts you would normally expect to find in much busier places.

Local Attractions

Wallaman Falls

Just a 30 minute drive to the west of Forrest Beach is Wallaman Falls. Wallaman Falls is the longest sheer drop waterfall in Australia, falling an massive 305 metres. For the keen hiker, there is a 4km walking trail which leads to a sparkling pool at the base of the falls.

Jourama Falls

Part of the Paluma Range and National Park, Jourama Falls is just to the south west of Forrest Beach. Jourama is very picturesque and has excellent walking trails.

Islands & the Great Barrier Reef

Forrest Beach is a great stepping off point to the Hinchinbrook Island, Orpheus Island, the Palm Island Group and the Great Barrier Reef. These areas are virtually untouched and boast some of the best diving & fishing in Australia. For more information on access and charter trips to the Islands.

Islands & the Great Barrier Reef

The Hinchinbrook region offers a range of fishing to cater for every angler’s tastes including freshwater, estuary and blue water fishing. Freshwater fishing within the region is mainly in the Herbert River for Sooty Grunter, Tarpon, Barramundi and the elusive Jungle Perch.

The local Fishcare Group have released about 30,000 Barramundi fingerlings into the Herbert River and – along with commercial netting closures throughout the Hinchinbrook Channel and Herbert River system – the number of fish caught on lure, bait and fly tackle have increased in both size and numbers. The protected waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel contain Fingermark, Barramundi, Javelin Fish, Salmon, Mangrove Jack, Estuary Cod, Bream and Flathead, while succulent mud crabs are also plentiful. Several world records and numerous Australian National Sportfishing Association records have been claimed in this area.

For anglers who enjoy blue water fishing, the Palm Island Group offers excellent sport, with billfish, pelagic and reef species such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Nannygai, Sweetlip and Crayfish commonly being caught. Swimming and diving are also a popular pastime in this area. For the more adventurous, the Great Barrier Reef is within easy cruising distance for day trips.