The oldest town in the beautiful Manning Valley, Wingham is a lovely historic village on the banks of the Manning River. The village green is surrounded by National Trust-listed Federation buildings and a nature reserve of subtropical lowland rainforest, including giant Moreton Bay figs.
Things to do
The countryside around Wingham has rich farmland amid rolling hills. For tasty local produce, try Bent on Food, a cafe, restaurant and 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.
Every May the town celebrates its Scottish heritage at the Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival. In October you can mix surrounding heritage with a different experience at the three-day Akoostik Festival, a celebration of music with local artists. You’ll also find food and market stalls.
History and heritage
Explore Wingham’s eventful history at the Manning Valley Historical Society and Museum, which is in a heritage building. At the rear of the Museum is Wingham's 19th Century police cell which housed Jimmy ‘Blacksmith’, made famous in Thomas Keneally’s novel and Fred Schepisi’s 1978 film.
Nature and walks
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. This reserve is home to a rich and rare rainforest, as well as hundreds of flying foxes.
Wingham is a great base for visiting the natural attractions, from enormous Moreton Bay figs to the beaches. Take a scenic 50 minutes’ drive north to the spectacular Ellenborough Falls, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest single-drop waterfalls. Tapin Tops National Park lookouts offer panoramic views.
Getting there and where to stay
Just a few hours’ drive north of Sydney, Wingham 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 train services that run from Sydney via Newcastle. You can also fly into Taree Airport.
Accommodation options include motels, guesthouses and farm stays. Surrounded by ancient rainforests and eucalypt forests, Dingo Tops campground makes for a beautiful and secluded site to base yourself for explorations in Tapin Tops National Park.