Manning Valley

Taree is a few hours’ drive north of Sydney and a great starting point for exploring Manning Valley’s natural attractions, including spectacular wilderness, an enchanting river and marvellous beaches. Enjoy a scenic drive in Coorabakh National Park, home to ancient caves and splendid panoramic lookouts.

The Manning River, a double delta system, is popular for fishing, boating, kayaking and river cruises. You’ll find advice on the best fishing spots at bait and tackle shops like Bohnock Bait and Tackle, a short drive from Taree or Old Bar, a beachside village near the southern opening of the river.

Coorabakh National Park - Forster and Taree Area - North Coast

With rich soils, beautiful waterways and the vast ocean, 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 eggs, berries, nuts and vegetables.

You’ll be delighted with the cafes, pubs and restaurants in the valley serving delicious food created from the fresh seasonal produce and local seafood. For local produce, try Bent on Food, a cafe, restaurant and shop in Wingham, which has heritage buildings and a charming village green.

Manning River - Cundletown - Near Taree - Forster and Taree

Explore the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and discover rare subtropical lowland rainforest including giant 1,000-year-old fig trees. The drive north from Wingham to the Ellenborough Falls, one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere, is less than an hour.

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. How to Transform Your Life

    Tuesday 19 February 2019 to Tuesday 19 March 2019 , Cessnock

    In each class, a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained, so you can drop in any week. There is no need to book or bring anything. Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation…

    19 Feb - 19 Mar
  2. Pirates to Pinafore

    Tuesday 19 March 2019 , Nowra

    Presenting all 14 Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in one sensationally fast-paced, hilarious and beautifully sung production. Hit songs and scene highlights from such wonderful musicals as The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, Pirates…

    19 Mar
  3. UnDiscover Broken Hill

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Friday 03 May 2019 , Broken Hill

    They invite you, UnDiscover the unique experiences that most tourists don’t know about. Make Broken Hill your next destination, be inspired and UnDiscover what Broken Hill has to offer. This exhibition is a culmination of research that…

    20 Mar - 03 May
  4. The Wonders of the Hannah Cabinet

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Wednesday 29 January 2020 , Lismore

    The Hannah Cabinet is Geoff Hannah’s masterpiece and was made over a six year period using 34 different Australian and international timbers, four species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone with extensive marquetry inlays on 18…

    20 Mar - 29 Jan
  5. Hunter Cell Biology Meeting

    Wednesday 20 March 2019 to Friday 22 March 2019 , Lovedale

    The Hunter Meeting is Australia’s premier multidisciplinary cell biology meeting that brings together all the top researchers in the fields of Cell and Developmental Biology, Systems Biology and Cell Imaging.…

    20 Mar - 22 Mar