The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Winding through the towns of Taree, Wingham and Old Bar, the Manning River connects the towns of the Manning Valley. Home to stretches of pristine coastline, freshwater streams and lush greenery, the valley is a staple of the area’s natural beauty.
Located beside the Manning River, Taree is a great starting point for exploring the natural attractions situated within the Manning Valley. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Coorabakh National Park and observe some of the eighteen forest ecosystems existing within the park. If youd rather head out on foot, explore the ancient caves or hike up to one of the many panoramic lookouts scattered throughout the park. Spend some time on the Manning River by hiring a canoe or jet ski, or jump aboard a boat cruise.
Experience some of the natural drawcards of Old Bar by taking a leisurely walk along the Manning River or by stopping at one of the parks found by the waters edge. Make your way to the Myall Lakes National Park and enjoy a swim or go kayaking on of the parks pristine lakes or beaches. The uncrowded Old Bar Beach, patrolled during summer months, is a popular spot for surfers, and its gentle coastal conditions offer a prime location for kite surfing.
Featuring an English-style village green and a number of National Trust-listed federation buildings, the historic riverside town of Wingham is a great base for experiencing the areas scenic offerings. Take some time out to explore the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and discover patches of rare subtropical lowland rainforest, or spot the grey-headed flying foxes that call the canopies of the reserves 1,000-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees home. For some spectacular scenic views of the Manning Valley, head out on the road between Wingham and Tionee and stop by the Brushy Cutting lookout.
Myall Lakes National Park offers great fishing locations for catching bream, whiting, Australian salmon and flathead. Head out on a boat and enjoy panoramic views as you fish from the Manning River, or drop a line at shore on one of Manning Valleys beaches, a pastime popular among tourists and locals alike.