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. Circus Rio Forster

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Forster

    Be amazed as the incredible performers of Circus Rio take the whole family on a journey around the world, beginning at the famous Carnival of Rio de Janeiro! You'll be left speechless by FMX Motorbikes as they somersault over the stage - …

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  2. Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

    Saturday 20 October 2018 to Sunday 21 October 2018 , Wingham

    The Wingham Akoostik Festival is three brilliant days of music showcasing local artists as well as some of Australia's best loved musicians. If you are looking for a relaxed spacious festival experience add this one to your calendar. Frida…

    20 Oct - 21 Oct
  3. Hannam Vale Open Garden Day

    Sunday 21 October 2018 , Forster And Taree Area

    Open from 10am till 4pm there is a great selection of private country gardens for you to peruse at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in the heart of the Three Brother region, Hannam Vale offers you a delightful day from cot…

    21 Oct
  4. Hannam Vale Open Gardens Day

    Sunday 21 October 2018 to Sunday 20 October 2019 , Forster And Taree Area

    Open from 10am till 4pm there is a great selection of private country gardens for you to peruse at your leisure. Nestled in the Stewarts River valley in the heart of the Three Brother region, Hannam Vale offers you a delightful day from cot…

    21 Oct - 20 Oct
  5. Women Like Us - Old Bar

    Friday 26 October 2018 ,

    Women Like Us comedians Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs are different from other comedians, they’re women, they’re mothers, they’re middle aged and they’re country girls. With more than 60 sold out shows and packed houses at Melbourne Interna…

    26 Oct
  6. Lakeside Festival

    Saturday 03 November 2018 , Forster

    Lakeside Music Festival is eight hours of incredible live music on a single intimate stage right by the lake. A bar that won't send you broke, good food and you can bring the kids. From 12 noon till 8pm. Tickets on sale now with under 16 y…

    03 Nov