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.

Regional Express 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. Kiama Farmers Market

    Wednesday 28 February 2018 to Wednesday 28 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday at Surf Beach, located on Manning Street. You couldn’t wish for a more picturesque backdrop for your weekly shopping expedition! The market is started each week by the “ringing” of the b…

    28 Feb - 28 Mar
  2. High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 07 July 2018 , Gerringong

    Come along and enjoy High Tea at Bella Char Restaurant - Mercure Resort Gerringong. It is held on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 12noon until 3pm. The price includes a scrumptious selection of Chef's sweet and savou…

    03 Mar - 07 Jul
  3. Healthy Livin Festival

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    They've teamed up with one of the largest mental health movements in the country, Livin, to deliver a huge weekend of fitness, health and wellness in Kiama on the first weekend of March 2018. Moodi Dennaoui, Tanya Poppett and Kev Toonen l…

    03 Mar - 04 Mar
  4. Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend

    Sunday 04 March 2018 , Kiama

    The Kiama Arts Trail takes you through some of the most picturesque countryside in Australia, where you can visit award winning artists’ studios and galleries. Entry to each of the venues is free. With a range of artwork and a wide variet…

    04 Mar
  5. Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival

    Friday 09 March 2018 to Sunday 11 March 2018 , Kiama

    Kiama and the surrounding area will be a music lover's haven again over the second weekend of March 2018 with everything from Jazz, Blues, Swing, Roots, Boogie, Gypsy, Rumba, and Rag and Honky Tonk on offer. From concerts in the park to c…

    09 Mar - 11 Mar