Family Retreats

Family Retreat




Looking out over the calming waters of Wallis Lake in Forster, NSW, our Ronald McDonald Family Retreat was the dream of local businessmen Adam Sherman and Ross Presgrave.

Cancer had touched both their lives and it was their goal to create a stunning retreat for families with children suffering from serious illness. In partnership with McDonalds there are now four deluxe family retreat cabins providing free accommodation to families of children suffering from serious illness. You can find out more about the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat by contacting our Retreat Coordinator Rhiannon Curtis.

Our Board and Executive Officer

As an Incorporated Association, Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW operates the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat Forster under the guidance of Executive Officer Ross Bingham and Board of Directors.

This program is governed by the Northern NSW Chapter.


There are four 2 Bedroom Deluxe Units available to stay in in Forster. Each is decorated with Aboriginal murals by local artists and provides a relaxing, peaceful environment for your family holiday.

Each cabin features reverse cycle air conditioning, plus fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances including a dishwasher. The main bedroom has a Queen bed and there are two bunks in the second bedroom (sleeping 4).

Cabins 3 & 4 both have wheelchair features for special needs.



Each family can stay for a maximum of seven days at the Forster Ronald McDonald Family Retreat. There is no charge to stay.

If your child has been diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness, or you have lost a child to illness in the past 12 months, the following information will help you apply.

Firstly you need to fill in the application form linked below. You’ll need to include supporting documentation or a referral letter from your child’s specialist, social worker or doctor.

Send the form and supporting documents to the address at the top of the application.

If your application is successful you’ll receive a reservation number from us. Call the booking agents on the toll free number, quote the reservation number and you can book the best available time to take your holiday.

When you arrive at the retreat you’ll need to show proof of identity and we’ll take a credit card imprint as a bond. Then you and your family can enjoy your week together.

Whilst we wish we could offer support to everyone, Forster Beach House does not cater for infectious diseases or children with extreme mobility difficulties. Because our focus is children with serious illness, children with disabilities are not eligible unless they have been recently hospitalised or had a serious illness.

Forster's Family Retreat is a non-smoking and pet-free environment.


To request an accessible version of the Family Retreat Application Form, please email

Family Retreat Application Form PDF - 0.22 Mb
RMHC Family Retreat Forster bedroom
RMHC Family Retreat Forster living room