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.
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.
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.