Spanning from the mountains to shimmering sea, the Manning Valley shines like an emerald on the NSW North Coast. Cut by the double-delta Manning River, it’s a natural wonderland with spectacular ocean beaches, dramatic waterfalls and lookouts, fertile farmland and of course, it’s tranquil river.
The vibrant hub
Base yourself in Taree to explore the many treasures of the Manning Valley, with all the convenience of facilities, restaurants, cafes and activities at your fingertips. From here you can swim, cruise and fish on the Manning River, or explore walks in the Coorabakh National Park, home to spectacular Ellenborough Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.
On the water
The Manning River is the only river in Australia with two ocean entrances, at Old Bar and Harrington, both short drive from Taree. You’ll find spectacular beaches here where you can swim, kayak and fish. Discover the best spots at bait and tackle shops like Bohnock Bait and Tackle.
Just a short drive from Taree alongside the Manning River is Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, home to subtropical rainforest and giant 1,000-year-old fig trees. Coopernook State Forest is another gorgeous pocket of Manning Valley where you can camp. An hour’s drive from Taree on the Comboyne Plateau you’ll also find Boorganna Nature Reserve, where the Rawson Falls Walk leads to the base of the cascade and a beautiful plunge pool.
Farm fresh produce
Fresh local produce is a highlight of the valley. You can enjoy mouth-watering beef, visit vineyards for wine tasting, savour local oysters, and browse farmers markets. For local produce, try Bent on Food, a cafe, restaurant and shop in Wingham, which has heritage buildings and a beautiful village green.
Getting there & where to stay
A 3hr 45min drive north of Sydney, Taree is at the heart of the beautiful Manning Valley on the North Coast of NSW. Coach services run from Sydney and Newcastle, as well as trains from Sydney via Newcastle. Fly Pelican currently operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree twice a week.
Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. Near Taree the Coopernook State Forest has a peaceful camping and picnic area surrounded by tall gums.