Manning Valley

A spectacular meeting point of coastal beauty and hinterland wonder, the Manning Valley is a gem on the NSW North Coast. Cruise the beautiful river, swim at stunning beaches and find bushwalks, waterfalls and lookouts along the way. Taree is a great starting point for exploring Manning Valley’s natural wonders.

Coorabakh National Park in Forster and Taree Area, North Coast

On the water

In the heart of the Manning Valley, Taree is a vibrant town with many attractions. From here you can swim, cruise and fish on the Manning River, or explore walks in the Coorabakh National Park. This park is home to spectacular Ellenborough Falls, one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.

Australia’s only double delta river system, the Manning River opens onto the great Pacific Ocean at Old Bar and Harrington, both short drives 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.

Manning River in Cundletown Near Taree, Forster and Taree

Eat and drink

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.

Rainforest walks

Explore more in the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, home to subtropical rainforest and giant 1,000-year-old fig trees. Coopernook State Forest is a gorgeous pocket of Manning Valley where you can camp. An hour’s drive from Taree you’ll also find Boorganna Nature Reserve, with picnic spots by rainforest and farmland.


Taree Airport

Fly into Taree Airport

Taree Airport is 7km 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 operates direct flights between Sydney and Taree six days a week, and flies to Newcastle once a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Taree.

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