Forster and Taree Area
Fire Emergency Information
Bushfires are currently burning around the Manning Valley, Forster and Taree, and a number of towns have been evacuated. Roads, national parks and reserves in affected areas have been closed. Before undertaking any travel to this region, visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website for the latest information. A total fire ban is also in place across the State.
Stretching from the Great Lakes to the beautiful Manning Valley, you’ll discover spectacular beaches and waterways, beautiful coastline and stunning wilderness in this wonderful region. For dolphin cruises and scuba diving to kayaking and bushwalking, this vast natural playground is unrivalled.
Foster and Taree
Between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Forster is the vibrant heart of the Great Lakes. Hire a houseboat for a holiday on the stunning lakes and spectacular waterways. Along the coastline you can enjoy nearby surf beaches in Hawks Nest, Pacific Palms and Bulahdelah, or explore gorgeous Booti Booti National Park.
The riverside town of Taree is an excellent base for exploring the natural attractions, such as the 6km stretch of Diamond Beach. You can also enjoy wine tastings at boutique valley wineries. You’ll find cafes and restaurants serving local seasonal produce and freshly caught seafood. Check out the events calendar for festivals, markets and shows such as Opera by the Lake.
Old Bar and Wingham
Explore from Old Bar near Crowdy Bay National Park to Wingham’s historic town centre. And one hour north from Wingham you can amble in subtropical rainforests in Coorabakh National Park. Visit Big Nellie lookout for uninterrupted views over the volcanic formations that distinguish the park.
Only 35 minutes’ drive from Forster, the beautiful Manning Valley is home to Australia’s only double delta river system. The Ellenborough Falls in the Manning Valley is one of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere.
Getting there and where to stay
The Forster and Taree region is around 3hr 45min drive north of Sydney and two hours from Newcastle. You can take the train from Sydney to Taree Station and the journey takes around 5hr 30min. There are coach services to both towns. You can also fly into Taree Airport.
Accommodation options in the region range from seaside resorts and rural retreats to waterside holiday parks and camping in national parks. Near Forster you will find campgrounds in Myall Lake National Park, and near Taree the Coopernook State Forest has a peaceful camping and picnic area surrounded by tall gums.