Drives

What better way to discover the hidden gems of the Manning Valley than by jumping in the car and taking a scenic road trip along our tourist drives.

With 26 towns and villages, 9 National Parks and reserves, 45km of coastline and 150km of navigable waterways, the only way to see it all is to buckle up and hit the road.

You’ll be able to explore at your own pace, stopping off at quaint rural and seaside villages as well as visiting National Parks, waterfalls, lookouts and more.

Scenic drive A

Scenic Drive A is a lovely drive that allows you to explore Old Bar and Manning Point and everywhere in between.

Distance 61km
Time 46 minutes
Old Bar Manning Point

As it’s the closest seaside community, Old Bar has been a holiday favourite for families from Taree and the rest of the Manning for many decades.

Experience beautiful bush and beach along the Old Bar walking trail. There are various entry points, the main ones being behind the Old Bar air strip and between Old Bar village and Mud Bishop’s Reserve.... continue reading.

Scenic drive B

Enjoy this scenic drive that allows you to explore Tapin Tops National Park and experience the ever-cool Potoroo Falls.

Distance 60km
Time 2 hours 35 mins
Tapin Tops National Park • Potoroo Falls

Surrounded by ancient rainforests, Dingo Tops camping ground makes for a quiet, yet interesting, place to base yourself when exploring the Tapin Tops National Park.

This hidden gem of the Manning Valley is a sanctuary for threatened fauna species. It’s one of the few places you’ll see red-legged pademelons, greater gliders and koalas in abundance.... continue reading.

Scenic drive C

Scenic Drive C is a great day out exploring Harrington, Crowdy Bay National Park, Coorabakh National Park and Cattai Wetlands.

Distance 135km 
Harrington Crowdy Bay NP • Dooragan NP • Coorabakh NPCattai Wetlands

The tranquil seaside village of Harrington sits at the northern mouth of the Manning River, with great views of the area from Pilot Hill Lookout. Harrington’s traditional seaside lifestyle is where you can cast a line for that elusive catch of the day or stop in at one of the pubs,... continue reading.

Tourist Drive 2

The Bucketts Way was established as early as 1840, making Tourist Drive 2 one of the oldest tourist drives and a great scenic alternative to the Pacific Highway. It is also the main access road to the World Heritage Listed Barrington Tops National Park.

Distance 149km
Taree • Tinonee • Krambach • Gloucester • Stroud • Raymond Terrace
Along the way: On one of the oldest tourist drives enjoy Tinonee Museum, Krambach Golf Course, Mograni Lookout and Barrington Tops National Park.

You will start the drive in the river town of Taree which is the major commercial centre of the Manning Valley boasting great shopping and restaurants.... continue reading.

Tourist Drive 6

 

Heading south from Taree along the Pacific Highway, you will reach the exit sign for Rainbow Flat to commence Tourist Drive 6.

Distance 85km
Rainbow Flat • Forster • Tuncurry • Pacific Palms • Seal Rocks
Along the way: Beaches: Hallidays Point, Black Head, Red Head and Diamond Beach.  Wallamba River, Wallis Lake, Smiths Lake, Myall Lakes, Sugar Loaf Point Lighthouse and The Grandis, the tallest tree in NSW in Myall Lakes National Park.

Just 10 minutes down the road you will find the turn off for the quaint seaside villages of Hallidays Point,... continue reading.

Tourist Drive 8

Tourist Drive 8 is a beautiful drive that meanders through some of the most lush and fertile land on the Mid North Coast.

TareeWinghamBobinElands • Comboyne • Wauchope
Distance: 99km
Along the way: Bent On Food, Wingham Brush, Wingham Museum, Ellenborough Falls, Timbertown.

From Taree you will head to the historic township of Wingham where you’ll discover 10 ha of subtropical flood plain rainforest at Wingham Brush.... continue reading.