Manning River, Tourism New South Wales

Population 16519

Taree is a big modern town on the Manning River and the commercial hub of the Manning River district. It is well known for its handicrafts and its beautiful parklands and nature reserves.

Visitor Information

Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre, 21 Manning River Dr, Taree North; (02) 6592 5444 or 1800 182 733


Nearby national parks

  • Crowdy Bay National Park

    Crowdy Bay National Park runs along the state’s mid-north coast, a ribbon of lowlands with rocky outcrops and sandy beaches just south...more

  • Myall Lakes National Park

    Myall Lakes National Park, on the mid-north coast, encompasses New South Wales' largest coastal lake system, with 10 000 hectares of...more

  • Werrikimbe National Park

    A wild and magnificent landscape of rainforests, pristine rivers, cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpment and deep gullies greets visitors to...more

Nearby towns

  • Wingham

    Heritage-listed Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley. It has many Federation buildings surrounding the enchanting town common,...more

  • Forster-Tuncurry

    Located in the Great Lakes district, Forster is connected to its twin town, Tuncurry, by a concrete bridge across Wallis Lake, forming one...more

  • Laurieton

    Laurieton is on an attractive tidal inlet at the base of North Brother Mountain. The mountain, which was named by Captain Cook in 1770,...more

In Town

Fotheringham Park and Queen Elizabeth Park These parklands make an ideal riverside picnic spot to watch the boats go by. To mark the bicentenary in 1988, an unusual herb and sculpture garden was established – the herbs are available to locals for cooking. There are also several memorials throughout the park. Between Pacific Hwy and Manning River.

Craft Centre: huge craft centre featuring local work and picnic facilities; Manning River Dr, Taree North; (02) 6551 5766.

Manning Regional Art Gallery: changing exhibitions always include some local works; Macquarie St; (02) 6592 5455.

Self-guide historical walks: through eastern and western sections of town; brochure from visitor centre. Manning Valley River cruises: offering a variety of cruises on the Manning River; bookings at visitor centre.


Coorabakh National Park The park features the volcanic plug outcrops of Big Nellie, Flat Nellie and Little Nellie. The Lansdowne escarpment is made up of sandstone cliffs and also has spectacular views. From Newbys Lookout you might see sea eagles and wedge-tailed eagles. 20 km NE.

Ellenborough Falls: One of the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere at 200 m. Viewing platforms and a boardwalk to the bottom of the falls. Bulga Plateau, via Elands; 50 km NW.

Joy-flights and tandem skydiving: flights over the Manning Valley depart from the airport on the northern outskirts of town; Lansdowne Rd; (02) 6551 7776.

Deep Water Shark Gallery: Aboriginal art and craft; Peverill St; 8 km SW.

Ghinni Wines: boutique winery; Pacific Hwy, Ghinni Ghinni; 10 km NE.

The Big Buzz Funpark: toboggan run, water slides and go-karts; Lakes Way; (02) 6553 6000; 15 km S.

Beaches: excellent surfing conditions; 16 km E.

Hallidays Point: features a rainforest nature walk; brochure from visitor centre; 25 km SE.

Manning River: 150 km of navigable waterway with beaches, good fishing and holiday spots.

Art and craft galleries: several in the area; brochure from visitor centre.

Nature reserves: numerous in the area with abundant wildlife in rainforest settings and walking trails; map from visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 48 km

Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre at Gloucester offers an exciting one-day tour down the Barrington River. Guides can tailor the trip for beginners or family groups, choosing a quieter part of the river where there are... Find out more

Sea Acres Nature Reserve 69 km

This cool coastal forest, 5 kilometres south of Port Macquarie, is great for a stop and a gentle stroll, with lush rainforest extending right down to the beach. There is a 1.5-kilometre wheelchair-accessible boardwalk,... Find out more

Barrington Tops National Park 88 km

Best known for its superb bushwalking among ancient Antarctic beech forest and rainforest that receives snow several times a year, this 83 403-hectare park is one of the highest spots on the Great Dividing Range and even... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Raw Sugar Cafe

This light and airy spot serves all the traditional cafe favourites, as well some gourmet delights. Lunchtimes are very busy here, so if you prefer to drink your cappuccino in a more tranquil setting, pop in during the... Find out more

Rio’s Bar & Grill

Welcome to Rio’s, where traditional Brazilian fare is given a contemporary Australian twist. Overlooking the Manning River (ask for a window table), the restaurant is a local favourite with its colourful decor,... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Little Brewing Company 65 km

Australia’s new breed of brewer can arrive at the craft by sometimes circuitous routes. For Warwick Little, that included 20 years as an ambulance officer, home brewing, a wine science course and a pair of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Farquhar Park Camping Ground 15 km

Farquhar Park is 8 km south of Manning Point, near the mouth of the Manning River at Old Bar. It’s 4WD only at low tide across Smiths Beach; alternatively, there’s boat access. Take your off-road camper... Find out more

Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp 28 km

Turn off Crowdy Bay Rd north of Crowdy Head, and you’ll find Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp nestled behind sand dunes on the site of an old dairy farm. There are 7 tent campsites, 2 trailer/caravan campsites and 1 group... Find out more

Little Plains Sports and Recreation Area 34 km

In Elands township. Suitable for overnight stays only. Firewood supplied.... Find out more

Swans Crossing camping area 36 km

This camping area is signposted along Upsalls Creek Rd. It’s surrounded by native forest and hardwood plantations; swimming is popular in the nearby shallows of Upsalls Creek. There are toilets and an information... Find out more

Kylies Beach camping area 36 km

Australian writer Kylie Tennant lived and wrote in this lovely part of the world; her restored cabin can be found a short walk from this 70-site campground. There are secluded sites tucked away under trees up to 3 km... Find out more

Kylies Hut camping area (walk-in camping) 38 km

This is a special, secluded camping site about 200 m walk from Indian Head camping area. It’s small and basic. Bring your own water.... Find out more

Indian Head camping area 38 km

Sheltered at the base of the headland, 1 km south of Diamond Head camping area, is Indian Head camping area, which has 60 sites and no wheelchair access. Kangaroos frequent the grassy clearing here, and there are a... Find out more

Diamond Head camping area 39 km

Located just off Diamond Head Rd (Coral Ville–Laurieton Rd) on the north side of Diamond Head, this 80-site spot has pride of place by the windswept beach. Take care when swimming, as beaches aren’t... Find out more

Rocks Crossing Reserve camping area 39 km

At Rocks Crossing, 21 km north-west of Mount George Village beside Nowendoc River, you’ll find toilets, BBQs and picnic tables. The river is great for canoeing and fishing. Note: bring your own firewood.... Find out more

Dingo Tops Rest Area 40 km

Previously a forest workers’ camp, Dingo Tops features old forestry machinery, including a dobbie (used to haul logs), a tractor and a horse-drawn grader. There are a couple of short rainforest tracks from the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Dawson River Tourist Park 5 km

This park is on the banks of the Dawson River with sites right to the water’s edge. Recent developments have greatly improved this older style park.... Find out more

Lanis on the Beach 15 km

Close to the popular Old Bar beach and suitable for an overnight stay or a family holiday, this is a neatly maintained, peaceful family park with wonderful grassy sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Beachfront Holiday Resort 19 km

A great quality park with good management, this place offers a range of facilities and is close to the beach. It is set in a quiet spot off the main road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

East’s Ocean Shores Holiday Park 20 km

This is a quality, award-winning caravan park just a short walk from 14 km of unspoiled ocean beach. The park has excellent facilities for people with disabilities. It is a quiet place where a few days could slip by very... Find out more

Forster Beach Caravan Park 30 km

This council-operated park is just a 2-minute walk from the centre of town, located on the headland overlooking the estuary and town centre. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Big4 Forster Tuncurry Great Lakes Holiday Park 30 km

This is a quality park on the water’s edge. It is in a quieter area of town but just a short distance from the town centre. There is a good range of facilities and bookings are required in peak periods; a... Find out more

Smugglers Cove Holiday Village 32 km

This is a quality, award-winning park with great holiday entertainment and a range of activities all year round. A good family park, it is set in a wonderful subtropical palm grove. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

Beachfront Caravan Park 47 km

This spacious and neat tourist park offers grassy areas with plenty of shade, adjacent to the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas and Easter. Pets are accepted... Find out more

Rainbow Beach Holiday Village 51 km

This well-maintained park, located in the main street, is just a few hundred metres from the beach and surf club, and ideal for a beachside holiday. It is a busy park during school holidays; bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Sandbar and Bushland Caravan Parks 53 km

Some 20 km south of Forster, this park at Sandbar is tucked away in a secluded bush location on the shores of the tranquil Smiths Lake, just a short walk from Sandbar Beach. There are in fact two separate parks here, one... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Nundoobah Retreat

Located in the Manning Valley, on the banks of the mighty Dawson River, and surrounded by 400 hectares of natural bushland, Nundoobah Retreat offers luxury B&B accommodation for couples. Two self-contained cottages... Find out more

Kiwarrak Country Retreat

Situated between Taree and Old Bar, next door to Kiwarrak State Forest and Khappinghat National Park, Kiwarrak Country Retreat stands in 4 hectares of stunning gardens framed by gum trees. Two fully equipped cottages are... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Four Mile Hill rest area 6 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Talawahl Creek rest area 15 km

18km S of Taree (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Coopernook Forest camping area 20 km

T/O to Moorland South

Large grassed campground surrounded by forest located 4km west of the highway via Forest Rd (partly unsealed).

Tom Cat Creek rest area 26 km

33km N of Taree (L) or 87km S of Kempsey (R)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Wang Wauk rest area 30 km

36km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 9km S of Nabiac (R)

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Burrawan rest area 49 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

Newmans Road rest areas 51 km

13km N of Bulahdelah (L) or 32km S of Nabiac (L)

Just off the highway (on both sides) around a few trees.

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 52 km

At Ellenborough

Among trees on a riverbank 1km north of the highway.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 58 km

2 km N of Bulahdelah (R) or 70 km S of Taree (L)

Small area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Motorway Park Area 61 km

73 km N of Taree (R) or 47 km S of Kempsey (L)

Highway Service Centre.

Stockyard Creek rest area 66 km

81km W of Wauchope (L) or 83km SE of Walcha (R)

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 76 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

On the edge of the forest just off the highway. For northbound only.

Browns Flat rest area 77 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

Well off the highway near the forest. For southbound only.

Station Creek rest area 84 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Kundabung rest area 86 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 90 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

What's on around town

Weekly markets: at various venues in the region; contact visitor centre for details.

Manning River Summer Festival: Jan.

Powerboat racing: Easter.

Envirofair: June.

Manning Valley Festival of the Arts: even-numbered years, June.

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