Old Bar

The perfect destination for a classic beach holiday, Old Bar sits at the heart of the spectacular beaches that run along the uncrowded coastal strip of Manning Valley. This peaceful destination is a great place to swim, surf and fish, and there are also spectacular coastal trails in the surrounding national parks.

Diamond Head Beach at Crowdy Bay National Park in Taree, North Coast

Best beaches

Roll out a towel on Old Bar Beach, a well-known surfing beach and also a fantastic kite-boarding spot. The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual celebration held every October long weekend with market and food stalls, kid's activities and live music. Kombi Fest is one of the festival's highlights.

Only 10 minutes’ drive from Old Bar, you will find Saltwater National Park. Surrounded by rainforest, Saltwater Beach is a great surfing and swimming spot. Paddle a canoe among the mangroves on Khappinghat Creek, or walk the Headland Walking Track to a whale watching platform.

Unpack a lunch by the water at Saltwater picnic area, where you can swim, surf and relaxing on soft white sand. Wallabi Point is a small nearby village, which is renowned for its surfing beach. If you want to learn how to surf, Saltwater Surf School offers a range of private and group lessons as well as gear hire.  

Saltwater and Wallabi Point Beaches - Forster and Taree Area

Walking trails

You can also enjoy riverside walks by the beautiful Manning River’s southern entrance at Manning Entrance State Park. This area is known for its Little Tern colony, which visits during summer. From Old Bar, it’s also 30 minutes’ drive north to Crowdy Bay National Park, where you’ll find more gorgeous beaches to enjoy.

Getting there and where to stay

Just under four hours’ drive north of Sydney and two hours from Newcastle, Old Bar is the perfect beach getaway. It’s a 20min drive from Taree Airport, coach services run from Sydney and Newcastle, or you can catch the train from Sydney via Newcastle.  

Beachside accommodation at Old Bar includes self-contained apartments, beach houses and cottages, caravan and camping sites. You’ll also find campgrounds at nearby Holiday havens nearby include Hallidays Point, Diamond Head, Black Head and Wallabi Point.


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.

Things to Do and Places to Stay