Forster and Taree Area

Discover spectacular beaches, beautiful lakes, tranquil rivers, verdant hinterland and enchanting wilderness just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Forster is the heart of the Great Lakes, a unique triple lake system. Taree, a riverside town, is 35 minutes’ drive away in delightful Manning Valley.

Around Forster enjoy dolphin cruises, fishing, sailboarding and scuba diving. The Great Lakes and nearby sandy beaches are brimming with wildlife and perfect for water activities including kayaking, and sailing. Hire a houseboat for a holiday on the stunning waterways, enjoy gorgeous beaches and explore towns such as Hawks NestPacific Palms and Bulahdelah.

Diamond Head Beach - Crowdy Bay National Park - Taree

Explore from Old Bar near the Crowdy Bay National Park to Wingham’s historic town centre. And one hour north from Wingham you can amble in subtropical rainforests in Coorabakh National Park. Visit Big Nellie lookout for uninterrupted views over the volcanic formations that distinguish the park.

The Ellenborough Falls in the Manning Valley is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. Taree is by the Manning River and an excellent base for exploring the natural attractions, including Diamond Beach, or enjoying a picnic. You can also enjoy wine tasting at boutique wineries in the valley.

Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. You’ll find cafes and restaurants serving local seasonal produce and freshly caught seafood. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and shows such as Opera by the Lake and the Stroud Rodeo, one of Australia’s top 10 rodeo events.

Taree Airport

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 7 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.

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

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Paint pARTy Bean Bar Cafe Taree

    Friday 29 March 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019 , Taree

    Paint, sip and have a great time at Bean Bar Cafe. You don't have to be good at art to take their fun class! It's a great experience to explore acrylic paint on canvas. Arrive at 5.45pm to get your seat, order a drink and get ready to…

    29 Mar - 29 Nov
  2. Great Lakes Viking Challenge

    Saturday 06 April 2019 to Sunday 07 April 2019 , Forster

    With over 150 teams playing for a prize pool close to AUD12,000 the games are Fast paced six a side football (soccer) competition played on small sided fields, the games are quick with a festival feel to the weekend, After three pool…

    06 Apr - 07 Apr
  3. Easter Powerboat Spectacular

    Event dates to be confirmed: April 2019 , Taree

    Every year, the town of Taree on the Manning River plays host to the Easter Powerboat Spectacular. The event attracts both local and international drivers with some of the best racing on offer, right on the banks of the picturesque…

  4. Stroud Show

    Friday 26 April 2019 to Saturday 27 April 2019 , Forster And Taree Area

    Come and experience a real country show. The Stroud A H and I Association - now the Stroud Show Association Inc - began its life in 1922 to promote and display the produce of the rich Karuah Valley. Every year since then, traditionally…

    26 Apr - 27 Apr
  5. Craftathon

    Monday 29 April 2019 , Taree

    Club Taree will come alive for Craftathon in November with up to 40 quality exhibitors in air conditioned comfort. Exquisite craft items, craft supplies, demonstrations and a program of workshops will be on offer. Lucky door prizes plus…

    29 Apr