Forster is a large coastal town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Great Lakes Council LGA, about 308 km (191 mi) north-north-east of Sydney. It is immediately adjacent to its twin, Tuncurry, which is the smaller of the two towns. The usual local pronunciation of the name is 'Foster'. At the 2006 census, The Forster-Tuncurry area had a population of 18,372 with nearly half that amount being over 55 years of age. Because of its close proximity to Sydney, just over 4 hours drive, Forster-Tuncurry has established itself as a popular summer holiday destination; in the hotter months the population increases considerably.