Tea Gardens

With beautiful waterways, fresh oysters, boats for hire and outdoor cafes, Tea Gardens is a delightful destination on the southern end of the Great Lakes region. The village and natural beauty of the area has inspired many artists, and you can see local artists’ works in the Galleries in the Gardens.

The waterways are great for fishing and boating. You can hire kayaks from Lazy Paddles or take a guided tour with them and explore the Myall River, which is celebrated with the family-friendly Myall River Festival in October. Black Oaks picnic area by the river is a gorgeous spot for lunch.

Myall River at Tea Gardens - Forster and Taree Area

A short drive across the ‘whistling’ bridge is the neighbouring town of Hawks Nest and the white sands of Hawks Nest Beach, also called Bennetts Beach. The ocean beach is a popular spot for surfing, fishing and walking. You’ll find accommodation options in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest.

Dolphins are likely to follow the small ferry from Tea Gardens to Nelson Bay, where you can take dolphin-watching cruises year-round or whale-watching cruises between May and November. Tea Gardens is a 2h 35 min drive from Sydney on the North Coast of NSW.

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Cool Summer Art Exhibition

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Thursday 31 January 2019 , Tea Gardens

    With the theme Gardens and Connected Landscapes, this exhibition reveals the latest works from the renowned Galleries in the Gardens artists. Paintings, drawings, art prints, ceramics, sculptures, pastels and more.…

    25 Jan - 31 Jan
  2. Mothernest Great Lakes Pro

    Thursday 07 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Pacific Palms

    Over 170 professional surfers will call Great Lakes home early next year when the Mothernest Great Lakes Pro lands in Boomerang Beach. The elite five-day QS 1000 rated event will form the second of three stops on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf…

    07 Feb - 24 Feb
  3. The Battle of the Boats

    Saturday 23 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Pacific Palms

    The Battle of the Boats is a surf boat carnival designed for surf boat rowers' needs, and over the years has become well respected within the boat rowing community. They have a reputation for staging a well run carnival with a family…

    23 Feb - 24 Feb