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. Great Lakes Viking Challenge

    Saturday 06 April 2019 to Sunday 07 April 2019 , Forster

    With over 150 teams playing for a prize pool close to AUD12,000 the games are Fast paced six a side football (soccer) competition played on small sided fields, the games are quick with a festival feel to the weekend, After three pool…

    06 Apr - 07 Apr
  2. Fred Williams Aquatic Festival

    Friday 05 July 2019 to Sunday 07 July 2019 , Forster

    Power boat circuit racing of different classes from juniors of eight years old to senior drivers and ski racing in a circuit on Wallis Lake and out in the ocean. Offshore superboats and water ski racing boats and circuit power boats.…

    05 Jul - 07 Jul