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. Nabiac Farmers Market

    Saturday 30 June 2018 to Saturday 25 May 2019 , Forster And Taree Area

    Nabiac Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of every month (except December) at the Nabiac Showground Hall. Stock up on seedlings for your vegetable patch and meet your local growers and producers who make such a variety of gourm…

    30 Jun - 25 May
  2. Wingham Farmers Market

    Saturday 07 July 2018 to Saturday 04 May 2019 , Wingham

    Since 2003, the Wingham Farmers Market has been a great source of fresh local produce. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, supporting the local community. If it’s grown, baked or made sustainably in the region it’s welcome at Wing…

    07 Jul - 04 May
  3. Jeff Wilcox Memorial Bodyboarding Comp

    Friday 13 July 2018 to Monday 16 July 2018 , Forster

    The Jeff Wilcox Memorial returns to the Great Lakes! The Jeff Wilcox Memorial which started as a simple bodyboarding competition, has quickly evolved into one of the most respected and prestigious competitions held in the sport of bodyboar…

    13 Jul - 16 Jul