Top things to do

It can be a bit overwhelming deciding what to do when you come to a new place, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top things to do in the Manning Valley.

We hope you find this helpful and enjoy your time in our beautiful region!

Black Head Bazaar

Black Head Bazaar is known as the best market in the Manning.  It is held on the 1st Sunday of each month from September to May in Wylie Breckenridge Park at Black Head.

This market has an extensive variety of stalls selling fresh farm picked fruit and vegetables, handmade clothing and jewellery, homemade cakes, slices and biscuits. Food and wonderful fresh roasted coffee are available.

The Black Head Bazaar is a community market organised and operated by Hallidays Point Landcare Group.

Please go to www.hallidayspointinfo.com and click the link near the bottom of the page for current information on the market (including cancellations).... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:0468 312 452
Website:http://www.hallidayspointinfo.com/
Address:Wylie Breckenridge Park, Hallidays Point New South Wales 2430

Cattai Wetlands

Just off the Pacific Highway at Spring Hill Road lives the award-winning Cattai Wetlands, a beautiful coastal wetland and hidden gem of the Manning Valley.

Cattai Wetlands provide a sanctuary for over 180 species of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and regularly spotted Goanna’s. Make your way along one of the many walking tracks, go bird watching, take a picnic or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

Cattai Wetlands is open to the public 7 days a week between 8 am and 3 pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Guided tours are also available by appointment – call MidCoast Council on 02 6592 5399.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:02 6592 5399
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Website:http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au
Address:Spring Hill Road, Coopernook, New South Wales, Australia

Crowdy Bay National Park

Crowdy Bay National Park (9,519 hectares) has long been admired for its rugged coastline cliffs, rockpools, beaches and forests, which are a haven for wildlife. At low tide, you can explore the rock formations and pools along the cliff-base walk.

There is great fishing, plenty of opportunities for swimming, surfing and water activities and it is a particularly fruitful area for bird watching.

The park’s main topographical feature and highest point is Diamond Head, which rises abruptly to 113 metres. It takes its name from the quartz crystals that are found in the area.

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Facilities
  • BBQ
  • Boat Ramp
  • Cabins
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Disabled Access
  • Dump Point
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Linen
  • National Parks / State Forest
  • Near Water
  • Pet Friendly 
  • Playground
  • Pool
  • Powered Sites
  • RV Friendly
  • Unpowered Sites
  • Website
  • WiFi / Internet
Contact details
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Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Address:Crowdy Head Road, Harrington, New South Wales, Australia

Ellenborough Falls

From Wingham follow the Tourist Drive 8 signs to the legendary Ellenborough Falls at Elands.

At 200 metres, Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the Manning Valley’s biggest natural attractions. If you’re coming to the area, visiting this natural beauty is a must-do!

Admire the natural beauty from the viewing platform at the top, or for the more adventurous, take the 641 timber steps to the bottom of the valley where you’ll get so close you’ll feel the spray and hear the roar of the falls.... continue reading.

Contact details
Address:Ellenborough Falls Road, Elands NSW 2429

Fishing

The Manning Valley is a fisherman’s paradise, with a place to drop a line or experience adventure fishing around every corner.

Fish our numerous, pristine freshwater streams for Australian Bass (perch) or our estuaries for quality flathead, bream and whiting.

Land based game fishermen, who love the thrill of the chase are invited to take advantage of our uncrowded beaches and headlands. Or those who prefer to pursue the big blue water species such as snapper, jewfish or marlin, we have numerous boat launching facilities throughout the region.

Pick up a license at the Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre or selected local outlets.... continue reading.

Lookouts

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If you love views and vistas, the Manning Valley has many inspiring lookouts that are great photo opportunities during your visit.

So make sure you pack you camera and get snap-happy when you visit the below lookouts:

Manning Entertainment Centre

The Manning Entertainment Centre presents the best performing arts and entertainment on the Mid North Coast.  We offer first class facilities for the performing arts, from school productions and amateur theatre to artists of national and international acclaim.  The Manning Entertainment Centre is a 505 seat theatre in Taree, New South Wales and serves the residents of the Manning Valley, Great Lakes, Gloucester and Camden Haven regions.

Tickets are available from the Manning Entertainment Centre Box Office between 10am and 1pm Tuesday to Friday, or at Stocklands Forster, Customer Care Desk, or by phone: 6592 5466 (dial option 1 to be transferred to our ticket agency) between 10am and 1pm Tuesday to Friday. ... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:02 6592 5466
Email:
Website:http://mec.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/
Address:33 Manning River Drive, Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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Manning Regional Art Gallery

The Manning Regional Art Gallery provides a range of cultural and artistic experiences to residents of the Manning Valley and visitors to the area.  Our exhibitions are drawn from local artists and national and international collections.  We also support budding artists with our Children’s Education Programs and Artists Skills Development Workshops.  Gallery staff are happy to give free guided tours of the exhibitions, by appointment.  Interested in looking for something interesting, beautiful, quirky or locally crafted?  Explore the Gallery Shop and discover our unique range of gifts, handmade items, cards, and books. You are sure to find something you’ll love.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:02 6592 5455
Email:
Website:http://manningregionalartgallery.com.au/
Address:12 Macquarie Street, Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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Mountain Biking

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is fast becoming one of the most popular activities in the Manning Valley as our National Parks and State Forests are perfect for this type of adventure.

Get up close and personal with nature as you bike the coast or discover 40 kilometres of challenging mountain bike loop tracks, hidden deep within our forests.

What was once our local’s best kept secret, Kiwarrak State Forest is now known as having some of the best mountain bike trails in Australia, criss-crossing thousands of acres of untouched woodlands.

The Manning-Great Lakes Tip Riders and Manning Valley BMX are mountain bike clubs catering for riders who wish to ride socially as well as race.... continue reading.

Nabiac Farmers Market

Nabiac Farmers Market is held on the last Saturday of each month except December.  This farmers market is the largest local produce market in the Manning Valley.  Here you can stock up on seedlings for your vegetable patch and meet your local growers and producers who make such a variety of gourmet goodies available for you.  Taste the organic coffee, new gluten free bakery with freshly baked biscuits and cakes, honey, goats milk beauty products, sourdough bread.  Please bring along your reusable bags and baskets or buy one of ours.

Come and enjoy our vibrant rural village, amongst the wild fig trees. ... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:6550 2130 or 0434 253 266
Address:Nabiac Showground, Nabiac Sreet, NABIAC NSW 2312

Water Skiing

It’s no secret that Australians love water skiing, with more than 1.3 million of us enjoying the sport!

The Manning River’s 150 kilometres of navigable waterways and array of boat launching facilities are perfect for punters to launch their boats and hit the water.

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there is plenty of room to enjoy water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and more!... continue reading.

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

Wingham Brush

For a nature reserve with a difference, head to Wingham Brush, located in the historical river town of Wingham.

This subtropical rainforest remnant is part of the last remaining 10 hectares of floodplain rainforest in NSW. It showcases giant Moreton Bay figs towering over a gently winding boardwalk, and is one of the largest permanent breeding populations of the endangered grey-headed flying fox.

If you get to the Brush on sunset, the sight of thousands of flying foxes heading out for the evening meal is just amazing.

There is also overnight camping available for self-contained vehicles at the entrance to the brush on Wingham Reserve.... continue reading.

Contact details
Email:
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/
Address:Farquhar Street, Wingham, NSW, 2429, Australia

Crowdy Bay Charters

Crowdy Bay Charters operates off shore fishing charters from the Crowdy Head Boat Harbour which is located next door to the very popular Crowdy Head Beach on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Available charters include reef and bottom fishing, game fishing, coastal tours or whale watching. They are available to groups or individuals (maximum six per charter) and included all tackle and bait.

Contact details
Phone:0428 655 701
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Address:9 Leopold Street, Crowdy Head New South Wales 2427

Manning Valley Historical Society and Museum

Manning Valley Historical Society Museum and archives is located in an historic building once used as a grocery and produce store, circa 1880, that overlooks Wingham town-square, or Central Park, that is surrounded on four sides by heritage or historic buildings. Visitors to the Museum are instantly captivated by the step back in time that demonstrates the differing lifestyles pioneers had and their tools/aids. On display are pioneer family portraits, old…

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 5823
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Website:http://www.manninghistorical.org
Address:12 Farquhar Street, Wingham NSW 2429

Skydiving NSW Drop Zone

At Skydiving NSW Drop Zone you can experience the ultimate adrenaline rush. Tandem Skydive over the beautiful Manning Valley and NSW coast line.  After 15 minutes instruction, tandem skydive attached to a highly experienced instructor.  After the rush of up to 50 seconds of free-fall, reaching speeds of 200 kph, float down under a special parachute built for 2 for up to 5 minutes.  Bookings essential. Minimum age is 12 years.

Contact details
Phone:0418 730 741
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Address:Taree Airport, Lansdowne Road, Cundletown New South Wales 2430
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Tactical Paintball Games

Tactical Paintball Games is located in Moorland, in the Three Brothers. This privately owned and operated attraction is on an all grassed area, built by Skirmish players and has a number of different playing fields. Each field was created with a theme in mind, so you can enjoy different scenarios and style of play. Groups, social days and individuals catered for. Players must be over 16 to play.

Contact details
Phone:0487 232 780
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Website:http://www.tacticalpaintballgames.com
Address:19716 Pacific Highway, Moorland, NSW, 2443, Australia

Taree Ten Pin Bowl

Everyone is welcome at Taree Ten Pin Bowl. Enjoy a great time with all the family or with a group of friends – lots of fun for all ages. Specialising in birthday parties for groups of eight or more. Glow Bowling is on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm. There are glow pins, glow balls, lucky spins, scratchies, coloured lights and music.  Bumper bowling lanes and shoe hire for every size.

Contact details
Phone:02 6552 4733
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Address:55 Muldoon Street, Taree NSW 2430

The Big Buzz Fun Park

Big Buzz is 25 acres of adventure and fun. 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, 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…

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 6000
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Website:http://www.bigbuzz.com.au
Address:33 The Lakes Way, Rainbow Flat NSW 2430

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.

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival

The Wingham Akoostik Festival is a 3 day celebration of music, camping, market stalls of local and handcrafted goods, food and more! – held on the Mid-North Coast.  Previous line-ups have included James Reyne, Grace Knight and Rick Price performing on the Akoostik stages. A full list of attending artists can be found on the Akoostik Festival website. Camping is available for the entire festival at Wingham Showgrounds.

Contact details
Phone:0417 570 359
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Website:http://www.akoostik.com.au/
Address:1292 Gloucester Road, Wingham, New South Wales, 2429, Australia