Top things to do in Taree and the Manning River Valley

Visitors to Taree are spoilt for choice for stunning natural landscapes to enjoy, with national parks, waterfalls, rivers, rainforest and sweeping coastline all within easy reach.

This regional city of 20,000 people lies in the fertile Manning River Valley, just a short drive inland from the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The area has a subtropical climate with mild winters, and is enjoyable all year round. Here are some of the great things to do in Taree and the Manning River Valley.

Settled in 1854, this is a destination that has a rich history to explore. Taree was officially declared a municipality in 1885 and became one of the most important trading towns in the region due to its proximity to the Manning River. It prospered with the arrival of the North Coast railway line in 1913 and the building of Martin Bridge in 1940. The town has a number of historic buildings – the oldest being St Paul’s church, which was built in 1869. Located just ten minutes’ drive from the centre of Taree, Wingham Museum will give you more of the backstory.

Top things to do in Taree
Manning River Valley. Image: Destination NSW

If you have a vehicle, the Manning River Valley offers access to some of the most picturesque landscapes in the state. Breathe in the fresh air and misty vapour that surrounds Ellenborough Falls in Coorabakh National Park, and enjoy the relaxed drive from Wingham to Elands via Tapin Tops National Park. Also take a stroll along the winding rainforest boardwalk at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, where you’ll encounter myriad birdlife.

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Ellenborough Falls. Image: Bigstock

If you love the beach, you’ll adore the coastal towns of Wallabi Point and Old Bar. They are less than half an hour’s drive from the centre of Taree. The lighthouse at Crowdy Head offers a great vantage point, and you may spot the humpback whales that migrate seasonally along the coastline. A swim at nearby Diamond Beach will refresh and revitalise you.

Top things to do in Taree
Crowdy Head Lighthouse. Image: Bigstock

Need a place to stay?

Comfort Inn Country Plaza Taree offers 20 air-conditioned rooms, including twins, kings and family options. Guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and parking, and use of the hotel pool.

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