Old Bar


Beautiful beachside holiday

A beautiful seaside village, Old Bar is close to beaches popular for swimming, surfing, kiteboarding and fishing. You can learn surfing and kiteboarding. Enjoy bushwalking in enchanting national parks. The annual Old Bar Beach Festival draws thousands of visitors.

  • Old Bar Beach Festival
  • Diamond Head Beach

About Old Bar

Old Bar is perfect for a beachside escape or family holiday, with gorgeous beaches along the spectacular coastal strip of Manning Valley, just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Holiday havens nearby include Hallidays Point, Diamond Head, Black Head and Wallabi Point.

You’ll enjoy the best of a traditional Australian beach holiday - uncrowded beaches, barbecue facilities by the water including Saltwater picnic area, swimming, surfing and relaxing on soft white sand. If you want to learn how to surf or kiteboard, Saltwater Surf School and Kite Muddies offer lessons.

Saltwater National Park - Photo National Parks and Kevin Carter

Beachside accommodation at Old Bar includes self-contained apartments, beach houses and cottages, caravan and camping sites. Old Bar Beach is great for swimming, surfing and fishing. You can also enjoy riverside walks by the beautiful Manning River’s southern entrance. From Old Bar, it’s 30 minutes’ drive to Crowdy Bay National Park, where you’ll find more splendid beaches to enjoy.

The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual celebration held every October long weekend with market and food stalls, local wines, children's activities and live music. Kombi Fest is one of the festival's highlights, attracting hundreds of keen Kombi van enthusiasts.

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 5 km from Taree’s town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip northeast. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the regions of Manning Valley and the Great Lakes at your own pace.

Regional Express services the airport with direct flights to and from Sydney and Newcastle. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.

  1. Headland Walking Track

    Headland Walking Track

    Headland walking track is a short, leisurely stroll that takes you through lovely rainforest to the headland. Experience amazing views out over Saltwater Beach, Khappinghat Creek and Pacific Ocean.If you're...

  2. Manning Entrance State Park

    Manning Entrance State Park

    Manning Entrance State Park is situated on the New South Wales Mid North Coast and comprises lands surrounding and including the Manning River's southern entrance. The coastal beaches and estuary...

  3. Old Bar Beach

    Old Bar Beach

    The seaside town of Old Bar is located twelve kilometres from the Pacific Highway and 15 minutes east of Taree. Old Bar Beach is a well known surfing beach and is a also a fantastic kite boarding...

  4. Saltwater Picnic Area

    Saltwater Picnic Area

    Saltwater picnic area is a lovely, wide-open space that makes a perfect spot for a barbecue or picnic. Relax under the sheltered picnic table or spread out on the grass under the shady rainforest trees.There...

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