Manilla Museum, Tourism Tamworth Ltd

Population 2081

This rural town is located at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi rivers and surrounded by attractive rural countryside. Its location between Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dam has made it a popular setting for myriad outdoor activities, especially aerosports. Nearby Mount Borah hosted the world's paragliding championships in 2007. Manilla is also known for its production of mead (an alcoholic drink made from fermented honey and water). It is home to one of only two meaderies in the country.

Visitor Information

197 Manilla St; (02) 6785 1207

Nearby national parks

  • Warrabah National Park

    The Namoi River winds its way through the heart of the tranquil Warrabah National Park as it flows towards the Western Plains. Giant granite...more

  • Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

    Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, much of it World Heritage–listed, is a stunning environment of majestic gorges, deeply incised river...more

  • Cathedral Rock National Park

    Cathedral Rock National Park, in the New England Tablelands, is great bushwalking and rock-climbing territory, and offers peaceful camping...more

Nearby towns

  • Barraba

    The tree-lined streets of Barraba lie in the valley of the Manilla River. Surrounded by the Nandewar Ranges, Horton Valley and undulating...more

  • Tamworth

    Tamworth is a prosperous city and the self-proclaimed country music capital of Australia. Each year in January, it hosts the Tamworth...more

  • Gunnedah

    At the heart of the Namoi Valley, Gunnedah is instantly recognisable by the grain silos that tower over the town. The area is abundant with...more

In Town

Dutton's Meadery: tastings and sales of honey and mead; Barraba St.

Manilla Heritage Museum: incorporates Royce Cottage Collection and exhibits pioneer items such as clothing and furniture, and a bakery. Also has displays on platypus, which are often found in the area.

Manilla St: antique and coffee shops.


Warrabah National Park At this peaceful riverside retreat you'll find enormous granite boulders sitting above still valley pools and rapids suitable for experienced canoeists. Activities include swimming and fishing in the Namoi and Manilla rivers and rock climbing on the cliffs. 40 km NE.

Manilla Paragliding: offers tandem flights; a 2-day introduction, and a 9-day 'live in' licensing course with equipment supplied; Mt Borah; (02) 6785 6545; 12 km N.

Split Rock Dam: watersports, boating, camping and fishing for species such as Murray cod and golden perch; turn-off 15 km N.

Manilla Ski Gardens: area at the northern end of Lake Keepit with waterskiing, fishing and swimming; 20 km SW. For more details on Lake Keepit see Gunnedah.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Copeton 96 km

Lake Copeton has an excellent catchment area, fed by the Gwydir River and runoff from the New England Tablelands. The lake is about 46 km west of Inverell on the Gwydir Highway. Its dam wall was constructed primarily to... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum 95 km

Armidale Bicentennial Arboretum, a dozen blocks from the centre of town, has thousands of native plants, walking tracks, picnic shelters and aquatic gardens with a waterfall.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Split Rock Dam camping area 19 km

Another worthwhile stop-off on the Fossickers Way, 64 km north of Tamworth. The town of Manilla, 20 km south of the dam, is a popular hang-gliding and paragliding spot. The dam is stocked with Murray cod and golden and... Find out more

Lake Keepit State Park camping area 25 km

This is a great family camping spot, 54 km west of Tamworth and 38 km east of Gunnedah via Keepit Dam Rd off the Oxley Hwy. It’s a little slice of outdoor paradise: everything from hang-gliding lessons and golf to... Find out more

Warrabah camping area 27 km

Hiking, swimming, fishing and canoeing are possible at this campground, on the Namoi River beside the park’s southern boundary. Campers are asked to stick to numbered campsites. For those seeking some bush... Find out more

Glenriddle Reserve camping area 33 km

Glenriddle Reserve is set in the northern reaches of Split Rock Dam, 15 km south of Barraba and roughly 100 km north of Tamworth on Fossickers Way. The dam is popular with fishing and boating aficionados, and the Barraba... Find out more

Cockburn River campsite 52 km

This pleasant, grassy, treed area makes a relaxing place to camp, swim and fish. The river’s a bit chilly in winter, but very refreshing in hot weather. It’s about 30 km north-east of Tamworth and 11 km east... Find out more

Little Creek Recreation Reserve 55 km

You’ll find this small camping area 20 km north-west of Barraba via Trevallyn Rd. Barraba is on the Fossickers Way, and offers visitors plenty of activities such as swimming, boating and fishing at Split Rock... Find out more

Horton Falls camping area 60 km

This is a small and simple camping spot 39 km west of Barraba, which is on Fossickers Way. It’s 2WD access in dry weather only, via Mt Lindsay Rd off Trevallyn Rd. Bring drinking water and firewood and be prepared... Find out more

Rocky River Fossicking Area camping area 72 km

Get into the spirit of the goldmining era – Rocky River Fossicking Area, 6 km to the west of Uralla, was the site of a major goldrush in the 1850s. Pop into the visitor centre for some equipment, then set up a tent... Find out more

Dawsons Spring camping area 74 km

Just past the Mt Kaputar summit on the main access road, Dawsons Spring is a larger camping area with access to the medium–difficult Summit Walk (2 km, 1.5 hr) and Bundabulla Circuit Track (3 km, 3 hr), and the... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Paradise Tourist Park 44 km

The park is within walking distance from the centre of Tamworth and is extremely popular during the country music festival. Bookings are required at peak times, however bookings are not accepted during the month of... Find out more

Kootingal Kourt Caravan Park 46 km

Conveniently located alongside the New England Highway, this tidy park is ideal for an overnight stop. It is also a good base for those attending the Tamworth Country Music Festival during January, when a booking is... Find out more

Austin Tourist Park 47 km

This large park just 4 km from the town centre offers a range of facilities. A minimum period of 14 days applies during the country music festival. Bookings are also required at other peak times. Small dogs only are... Find out more

Country Road Caravan Park 75 km

A popular stopover on the New England Highway, this park has good facilities and is an ideal base for exploring the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Uralla Caravan Park 76 km

Located one block from the New England Highway and within easy walking distance of the town, this is a clean and tidy park suitable for short or longer visits.... Find out more

Armidale Tourist Park 96 km

A lovely spot with shady trees and wide expanses of lawn, this park is only 3 km from the town centre. There are two kennel areas where guests can leave their dogs while enjoying the local attractions or catching up on... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Oakhampton Homestead

Oakhampton Homestead epitomises country accommodation. On 1600 hectares, the B&B is more like a farmstay, with communal dining and ‘full board’ tariff packages available. There are cabins, cottages,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Airport rest area 39 km

9km W of Tamworth (R) or 70km E of Gunnedah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the airport.

Bendemeer park area 44 km

At Bendemeer

At the memorial park via the street into town. 

Tamworth park area 46 km

At Tamworth

Just off the highway. On the east side of town.

Woolbrook rest area 60 km

At Woolbrook

Grassed area 1km off the highway on the riverbank.

Kyabra rest area 64 km

72km N of Tamworth (L) or 39km S of Armidale (R)

Small area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Thunderbolts Rock park area 72 km

82km N of Tamworth (R) or 29km S of Armidale (L)

Just off the highway behind the rock.

Red Bank rest area 74 km

63km W of Tamworth (R) or 13km E of Gunnedah (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway on the banks of a creek.

Meridian rest area 77 km

27km SW of Gunnedah (R) or 79km NE of Coonabarabran (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Bowling Alley Point camping area 79 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the reservoir 14km north of Nundle via Tamworth–Nundle Rd.

Swamp Creek camping area 86 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the creek bank 4km (partly unsealed) north of Nundle via Jenkins St and River Rd.

Wallabadah rest area 88 km

At Wallabadah

On the banks of Quirindi Creek behind the memorial gardens at the north end of town. 

Walcha East rest area 92 km

159km NW of Wauchope (R) or 5km SE of Walcha (L)

Just off the highway near a few trees.

Ponderosa Park camping area 95 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

In the forest 17km (partly unsealed) east of Nundle via Hanging Rock Rd.

Sheba Dams camping area 95 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

On the shores of the dam 11km east of Nundle via Nundle–Barry Rd.

Teamsters Rest camping area 95 km

T/O 82km N of Scone (R) or 5km E of Tamworth to Nundle (L)

Secluded area on the bank of a creek 14km (partly unsealed) south of Nundle via Crawney Rd.

What's on around town

National and international paragliding competitions: Nov–Apr.

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