Escape to a memorable weekend in Taree, a historic town on the banks of the beautiful Manning River. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Manning Valley, this is an ideal place to enjoy cruises, boating fishing, and riverside walks. Delicious oysters are also farmed in the river and the nearby Great Lakes.
Things to do
Taree is the vibrant centre of the Manning Valley. Tour the Manning Regional Art Gallery, a cultural gem that hosts touring exhibitions and local artwork. Take a boat ride to Coocumbac Island, next to Martin Bridge, and explore subtropical rainforest. Enjoy incredible scenic views of the valley from Apex Lookout.
For a bird’s-eye view of the valley, from the hinterland to the coast, Manning River Aero Club offers scenic flights. Go skydiving over the regional splendour with Skydiving NSW Drop Zone. On the valley’s coastal strip, boating, fishing, swimming and surfing are popular at pretty towns from Wallabi Point to Old Bar and Crowdy Head.
From Taree, enjoy some of the best scenic drives in NSW. Explore the national park wilderness, wineries and farmers markets. Find treasures and locally made works at Cundletown Markets. Check out the shows at the Manning Entertainment Centre. A popular annual event on the river is the Easter Powerboat Spectacular.
Home to Australia’s only double delta river system, the Manning Valley is rich with natural wonder. Explore the area on one of the many trails and walks. Brimbin Nature Reserve is a tranquil park where you can kayak amongst mangrove-lined waterways and follow riverside trails to picnicking areas.
Eat and drink
You’ll find plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants in Taree, serving fresh produce and seafood from the area. The Sicilian Restaurant offers inspired Italian dining experiences, while The Manning River Hotel is a family-friendly hotel that serves hearty meals. Enjoy a meal after a round of golf at one of five courses.
Getting there and where to stay
A 3hr 45min drive north of Sydney, Taree is at the heart of the beautiful Manning Valley on the North Coast of NSW. Coach services run from Sydney and Newcastle, as well as trains from Sydney via Newcastle. You can also fly into Taree Airport, only 7km from the town centre.
Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. Near Taree the Coopernook State Forest has a peaceful camping and picnic area surrounded by tall gums.