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.

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  1. Myall River Festival

    Saturday 13 October 2018 , Tea Gardens

    The Myall River Festival is a free family friendly event, with a large variety of market stalls, stage entertainment, river activities, games and competitions for the kids, all taking place on the magical waterfront of Tea Gardens, beside t…

    13 Oct
  2. Vissla Great Lakes Pro presented by D'Blanc

    Event dates to be confirmed: February 2019 , Pacific Palms

    Promising professional surfers from all over the world can look forward to four new World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 events, when the NSW Pro Surf Series kicks off on the NSW coastline. Thanks to a successful partnersh…

    07 Feb - 10 Feb