In the beautiful Manning Valley, Wingham is a lovely historic timber town on the banks of the Manning River. The village green is surrounded by National Trust-listed Federation buildings. And a nature reserve is a lush oasis of subtropical lowland rainforest, including giant Moreton Bay figs.
The hinterland town on the mid NSW North Coast is within easy reach of spectacular beaches and national parks. The drive from Sydney is about four hours. You can travel by train from Sydney to Wingham or fly to Taree Airport, where you can rent a car for the short drive to Wingham.
A great way to explore Wingham’s heritage is on a self-guided walk. You’ll discover more at the Manning Valley Historical Society and Museum, which is in 1880s-built former grocery and produce store. The town celebrates its Scottish heritage every year at the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival.
The countryside around Wingham has rich farmland amid rolling hills. For tasty local produce, try Bent on Food, a cafe, restaurant and a shop. The Wingham Farmers Market is on the first Saturday of the month, and the Wingham Annual Show is a traditional agricultural show held in March.
You can walk from town to the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, home to a colony of grey-headed flying foxes and fig trees. A wheelchair-accessible boardwalk links to several walking tracks through the nature reserve. At sunset you can watch the flying foxes glide over the trees in search of food.
From Wingham, take a scenic 50 minutes’ drive north to the spectacular Ellenborough Falls, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest single-drop waterfalls. In the nearby Tapin Tops National Park lookouts offer panoramic views across the region and beyond, including the vast blue ocean.
Accommodation options include motels, guesthouses and farm stays. Wingham is a great base for visiting the natural attractions, from the enormous Moreton Bay figs to the beaches. You can even take a scenic drive southwest to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Barrington Tops National Park.