Photographs And Useful Information about Foster
About Foster – Foster can be found as you travel along the South Gippsland Highway midway between Leongatha and Yarram. Being 169 km south-east of Melbourne it’s a comfortable 2 hour drive which makes Foster a popular tourist destination and day trip.
The Foster retail shops provide the main source of food and supplies for Wilson’s Promontory and several of the surrounding towns such as Port Franklin, Toora, Sandy Point, Yanakie and Fish Creek.
Originally called Stockyard Creek (after the stream which still flows through the centre of the town), Foster was mainly used by drovers as a resting place as they traveled from Port Albert to Westernport.
Foster Township – A post office, 2 supermarkets, a fresh fruit and vegetable supply, video store, hairdresser and beauty salon, several cafes, two bakeries, library, three real estate agencies and a pub along with several smaller specialty shops provide the hub of the main shopping strip in Foster.
Further outside the main street there are service stations, farm supplies, vehicle garages, panel repairs, stock transport, sand,soil and gravel supplies, timber yards, eath moving equipment, professional services and as many other businesses as a thriving country town might need.
About The Theatre Group In Foster – An excellent amateur music and drama theatre group called FAMDA run productions every few months and are hosts of the popular One Act Play Festival. FAMDA now have a film society and are also home to the Prom Coast Singers.
Other Things To Do In Foster -Take a winery tour on the South Gippsland Wine Trail, go to the Prom Country Market at the War Memorial Arts Centre in Main Street on the 3rd Saturday of each month or try one of the others farmers, craft and produce markets in the area, visit Wilsons Prom National Park.
Go to the Foster Historic Museum in the main street, play in the park at the sports ground, have a massage and beauty treatment, take a drive up to Mount Best and stay in a variety of bed and breakfast, backpacker lodges, farm stay, motel units and upmarket boutique style accommodation.
Historic buildings and a museum are some of the attractions along with wineries and artist studios. I’ve been told that Foster population can fluctuate from 1000 to 6000 people as the holiday seasons approach.
Gold Fever – Gold was discovered near this memorial at Pearl Park in the 1870’s and drew a large crowd of settlers ‘trying their luck’ at the time. The mines were then abandoned in the 1930’s.
Pearl Park – At the top end of Main Street Foster is ‘Pearl Park’ where a timber bridge passes over the Stockyard Creek. It’s a cool and shady place to rest on a hot summers day.
This area was used in late 2007 to film the Buddhist funeral in the ABC TV mini-series “Bed Of Roses‘.
Interesting Murals, Sculptures And Artwork – Around Foster and many other surrounding towns, there are a variety of art galleries, craft displays, exhibitions, sculptures, murals, carvings and decorations that make great snapshots for your travel album.
Foster Reservoir – Officially opened in 1997, an abundant water supply is provided for the township of Foster by several dams on Ameys track. Situated in a picturesque location this reservoir is kept in pristine condition and you can just see the views to Wilson’s Promontory and the Toora Wind Farm in the distance.
The giant dam holds 242 magalitres of water, covers approximately 22 hectares of land and is an integral part of drought management in the region.
Photographs of Foster and The Great Southern Rail Trail – There are an abundance of excellent pictures of the town and the surrounding districts on the pages of this website. Below is a lovely selection of images taken in, around and overlooking the town. Pearl park, Foster Swimming Pool, shops, houses, gardens, flowers, churches, Ameys Track, hand painted town murals, statues, road signs, P.B.E. Real Estate, machinery, Foster Dam, Stockyard Creek sign, photos taken at the farmers market and more.