River fun : Water activities on the Manning River including Bass fishing, boating, skiing and swimming. There is a boat ramp and picnic area nearby. Fishing licences can be obtained from the Visitor Information Centre, Manning River Marine at 13 Victoria St and Alcorns Sportscene at 22 Pulteney Street, Taree.
Did you know that the mighty Manning River is the only double delta river (a river with two outlets) in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only three true deltas in the world, with over 150km of navigable waters? Pretty special.
Easter Powerboat Classic : Enjoy all the excitement of the boat racing on the Manning River at the Easter Powerboat Classic with junior events, outboards and hydroplanes. www.tareepowerboatclub.org.au
River Cruises : Relax on board a river cruise and absorb yourself in the history of the Manning River and the network and significance of towns and landmarks on its banks.
Old Bar Beach : 12km from the Pacific Highway and 15 minutes east of Taree is the seaside town of Old Bar. Old Bar is perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who enjoys uncrowded beaches, open waterways and leisurely walks. Old Bar also has fantastic surfing, kite boarding and fishing locations.
Taree Wingham Race Club : is one of NSW’s most picturesque race tracks and is perched adjacent to the forest just outside the township. The Taree Wingham Race Club is regarded as one of the best venues to watch racing on the East Coast. The Track is 1530m In Circumference With A Straight Length Of 350m.
Big Buzz Fun Park : 1733 The Lakes Way, Rainbow Flat : The Big Buzz Fun Park is 25 acres of adventure and fun. Just a short drive south of Taree along the Lakes Way. The park features: a toboggan run, three open water slides, jumbo slide, toddlers slide, kamikaze slide, BMX and mountain bikes & speed karts (enclosed footwear required), mountain boards, tricycles, shoot for the basket, half tennis court, swimming pool, beach volleyball, trampolines, swings, nine-hole chip and putt short course golf, kiosk and plenty of undercover seating with free gas barbecues with shaded picnic area. www.bigbuzz.com.au
Skydiving NSW Drop Zone : Taree Airport, Landsdowne Road, Taree : Taree’s own Skydiving NSW Drop Zone. Experience the ultimate adrenaline sport with Tandem Skydive jumps from 8,000 to 12,000 feet overlooking the beautiful Manning Valley. Freefall for up to 50 seconds with highly experienced instructors to guide you through the most thrilling sport known to man.
Manning Regional Art Gallery : The Manning Regional Art Gallery provides a range of cultural and artistic experiences to residents of Greater Taree and visitors to the Manning Valley area. The Gallery is committed to curating more than 12 exhibitions each year and is responsible for providing access to touring exhibitions otherwise unavailable to residents of the Manning and surrounds. www.fogsmanningvalley.com.au
Also in the Manning Valley
The Wingham Brush : The National Parks & Wildlife protected Wingham Brush is a unique patch of subtropical rainforest complete with boardwalks under the giant fig trees to view the great trees and buttresses, the bush turkeys, and is a significant roosting site to the massive grey-headed flying fox colony. You can view the daily bat departure at the Manning River picnic site (or the front verandah) at sunset as they set off to feed each evening.
Wingham Museum : The Manning Valley Historical Museum is located alongside the town square at Wingham in Farquhar Street. The Museum, open 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm, houses one of the most extensive collections of historical memorabillia on the NSW north coast.
Red Tail Wines : Is an award winning, family owned, vineyard in the Manning Valley on the Mid North Coast offerring Merlot, Barbera, Semillon, Verdelho and Colombard grown in the conglomerate soil of Marlee to produce high standard wines. Located on Tourist Drive 8, 30 minutes drive from Taree at Marlee (Turn left onto Pinnacle Place, 100 metres north of St Marks historic Church Marlee) 15 Pinnacle Road, Marlee.
Ellenborough Falls : The second longest single drop waterfall in the southern hemisphere which is a scenic drive through the timbered country northwest of Wingham and linking Taree to Port Macquarie via a series of natural attractions. At the falls you can walk to the Knoll for great photo opportunities or if you’re keen, walk down to the bottom of the valley but there are 641 steps to get back up again! You can drive from Wingham to the falls in 45 minutes but there is 15km of unsealed road from Bobin to the falls so drive carefully.
Tinonee : was one of the earliest settlements in the Manning and the Tinonee Museum offers a look back in time. The picturesque park overlooks the Manning River and this stretch of water is the focus of water skiing activities on the Manning River.
Gloucester & Barrington Tops : Gloucester is in the valley junction of the Avon, Gloucester and Barrington Rivers, under a range of monolithic hills called The Bucketts. The Barrington Tops is a glorious spot with waterfalls and lush bush. In winter the landscape transforms with crisp white snowfalls, and in summer the beech forests provides respite from the heat and the temperatures are some ten degrees cooler than the rest of the valley. Adventurers can explore The Tops by hiking, mountain bike, trail bike, motorcross or 4WD.