Old Bar

Old Bar is perfect for a beachside escape or family holiday, with gorgeous beaches along the spectacular coastal strip of Manning Valley, just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney. Holiday havens nearby include Hallidays Point, Diamond Head, Black Head and Wallabi Point.

You’ll enjoy the best of a traditional Australian beach holiday - uncrowded beaches, barbecue facilities by the water including Saltwater picnic area, swimming, surfing and relaxing on soft white sand. If you want to learn how to surf or kiteboard, Saltwater Surf School and Kite Muddies offer lessons.

Diamond Head Beach - Crowdy Bay National Park - Taree

Beachside accommodation at Old Bar includes self-contained apartments, beach houses and cottages, caravan and camping sites. Old Bar Beach is great for swimming, surfing and fishing. You can also enjoy riverside walks by the beautiful Manning River’s southern entrance. From Old Bar, it’s 30 minutes’ drive to Crowdy Bay National Park, where you’ll find more splendid beaches to enjoy.

The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual celebration held every October long weekend with market and food stalls, local wines, children's activities and live music. Kombi Fest is one of the festival's highlights, attracting hundreds of keen Kombi van enthusiasts.

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.


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  1. Old Bar Markets

    Sunday 27 May 2018 to Sunday 23 December 2018 , Old Bar

    Old Bar Markets are a popular market held in the village of Old Bar and has a wide variety of unique market stalls. Old Bar Market offers a laid back atmosphere, fresh produce, bric-a-brac, plants, jewellery, homemade products, home wares a…

    27 May - 23 Dec
  2. Jeff Wilcox Memorial Bodyboarding Comp

    Saturday 14 July 2018 to Sunday 15 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…

    14 Jul - 15 Jul
  3. Old Bar Beach Festival

    Sunday 30 September 2018 to Monday 01 October 2018 , Old Bar

    The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that attracts over 17,000 people each year. Held every year, the Kombi/Transporter swap meet Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival. The number of Ko…

    30 Sep - 01 Oct