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. Cool Summer Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 23 January 2019 to Thursday 31 January 2019 , Tea Gardens

    With the theme Gardens and Connected Landscapes, this exhibition reveals the latest works from the renowned Galleries in the Gardens artists. Paintings, drawings, art prints, ceramics, sculptures, pastels and more.…

    23 Jan - 31 Jan
  2. Mothernest Great Lakes Pro

    Thursday 07 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Pacific Palms

    Over 170 professional surfers will call Great Lakes home early next year when the Mothernest Great Lakes Pro lands in Boomerang Beach. The elite five-day QS 1000 rated event will form the second of three stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf…

    07 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. Paint pARTy Bean Bar Cafe Taree

    Friday 08 February 2019 to Friday 14 June 2019 ,

    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…

    08 Feb - 14 Jun
  4. The Battle of the Boats

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Pacific Palms

    The Battle of the Boats is a surf boat carnival designed for surf boat rowers' needs, and over the years has become well respected within the boat rowing community. They have a reputation for staging a well run carnival with a family…

    23 Feb - 24 Feb
  5. MidCoast Brickfest: Lego Fan Event

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Forster

    Once again Rainbow Bricks is excited to be returning to the MidCoast with Brickfest. There will be lots new exhibits as their Lego creators have been busy building since last year's event. Talk to the creators about their displays and…

    24 Feb