Wingham Brush, Jaime Plaza Van Roon / Auscape International

Population 4813

Heritage-listed Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley. It has many Federation buildings surrounding the enchanting town common, which was based on a traditional English square. The wonderful Manning River and Wingham Brush bring nature to the centre of town. The Chinese Garden at the town's entrance marks the importance of the early Chinese settlers to the town's heritage. Best-selling Australian author Di Morrissey's book The Valley is based on the pioneering characters and places of the Manning Valley. It is largely set in and around Wingham where she was born.

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

  • Taree

    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...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

  • Gloucester

    At the foot of the impressive monolithic hills of the Bucketts Range, Gloucester calls itself the base camp to the Barrington Tops. This...more

In Town

Wingham Brush The unique brush is part of the last 10 ha of subtropical flood-plain rainforest in NSW. It is home to 195 species of native plants including giant Moreton Bay fig trees, a large population of endangered grey-headed flying foxes and 100 bird species. The brush includes a boardwalk, picnic and barbecue facilities and a boat-launching area on the Manning River. Farquar St.

Manning Valley Historical Museum: housed in an old general store (1880s), this has one of the most extensive collections of historical memorabilia on the north coast. Includes displays on local farming, commercial and timber history; part of an attractive square bounded by Isabella, Bent, Farquar and Wynter sts.

Manning River: picturesque waterway with several locations for swimming, boating, fishing and waterskiing.

Self-guide historical town walk: tour of the town's Federation buildings; brochure from museum.


Tourist Drive 8 This enjoyable drive begins in Taree and passes through Wingham, Comboyne and Bybarra before finishing in Wauchope (36 km is unsealed; not suitable for motorists towing caravans). The highlight is Ellenborough Falls, 40 km N, one of the highest single-drop falls in NSW, with easy walking trails, lookouts and barbecue facilities. Red Tail Wines in Marlee (13 km N) has free tastings. Brochure from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Port Stephens 96 km

 Port Stephens is about 220 km north of Sydney and offers a mixed bag of quality species. In the estuaries, bream, flathead, mulloway and whiting dominate the catch while beach anglers do well on tailor, whiting and... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Kayaking, Newcastle to Port Macquarie 42 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 70 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 81 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

Snorkelling and diving around Nelson Bay 97 km

Nelson Bay and surrounds offer some superb snorkelling and diving. Many locations are accessible by boat only, such as beautiful Broughton Island, but there are some exceptional shore dives and snorkelling – some... Find out more

Houseboating on the Macleay River 98 km

Although large chugging houseboats can be an environmental no-no, Macleay River Houseboats at Kempsey are small – designed for just two people – use relatively clean four-stroke petrol motors, have... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Bent on Food

This award-winning provedore cleverly makes the most of its location between the hills and ocean to showcase the superb local produce, both at the cafe and on the shelves to be purchased. Try the chemoula chicken served... Find out more

Nearby breweries

The Little Brewing Company 67 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 24 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

Little Plains Sports and Recreation Area 27 km

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

Rocks Crossing Reserve camping area 30 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 31 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

Crowdy Gap Cultural Camp 34 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

Swans Crossing camping area 35 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 41 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) 43 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 43 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 44 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

Caravan parks around town

Dawson River Tourist Park 13 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 24 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 27 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 28 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 37 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 37 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 39 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 51 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 54 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 59 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

Wingham Motel

Wingham Motel has 16 contemporary and comfortable units on spacious grounds, complete with a swimming pool and on-site restaurant. From its central location, guests can explore Wingham at length and venture further... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Four Mile Hill rest area 14 km

22km N of Nabiac (L)      

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Talawahl Creek rest area 22 km

18km S of Taree (L)

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

Coopernook Forest camping area 24 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 31 km

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

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Wang Wauk rest area 32 km

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

Secluded off the highway among shady trees.

Ellenborough Reserve camping area 48 km

At Ellenborough

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

Burrawan rest area 50 km

62km N of Taree (L)

Secluded area just off the highway. For northbound only.           

Newmans Road rest areas 54 km

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

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

Stockyard Creek rest area 58 km

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

Just off the highway surrounded by dense forest.

Bulahdelah Rest Area 60 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 62 km

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

Highway Service Centre.

Nerong Waterholes rest area 78 km

51km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

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

Browns Flat rest area 79 km

20km S of Bulahdelah (L)

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

Kundabung rest area 85 km

15km S of Kempsey (L)

Just off the highway. For southbound only.

Station Creek rest area 86 km

42km N of Raymond Terrace (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Bloodwood Ridge rest area 89 km

111km N of Taree (L)

Just off the highway. For northbound only.

Tia Falls camping area 91 km

T/O 129km NW of Wauchope (R) or 35km SE of Walcha (L)

Secluded in the scrub 6km (unsealed) north of the highway near the falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.

Tia River rest area 91 km

128km NW of Wauchope (L) or 36km SE of Walcha (R)

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the river.

What's on around town

Market: Wynter St; 2nd Sat each month.

Farmers Market: Wingham Showground, Gloucester Rd; 1st Sat each month.

Summertime Rodeo: Jan.

Wingham Beef Week and Scottish Heritage Festival: May.

Junior Rodeo and Bute Ute Show: July.

All Breeds Horse Spectacular and A-Koo-Stik Festival: Oct.

Killabakh Day in the Country: country fair; Nov.

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