Activities

There are so many activities and things to see and do in the Manning Valley!

If getting back to nature is your thing, the Manning Valley offers 9 stunning National Parks and reserves, 45 kilometres of pristine coastline and the only double delta river system in Australia with two entrances to the ocean. This rugged natural environment was made for adventure with endless walking trails, mountain bike tracks, rapids, waterfalls, beaches, lookouts, fishing and more.

The great outdoors might be our biggest draw-card, but our 26 seaside and hinterland towns a villages are equally impressive and waiting to welcome you. Each town comes with its own unique vibe and offerings, from cute cafes and farmer's markets to quirky festivals and vintage shops, we're certain you'll find something you love about each one.

The Manning Valley also features a wide variety of cultural and creative attractions. From quaint tea houses selling local crafts to galleries showcasing award-winning artists and entertainment venues, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

Coopernook State Forest

Coopernook State Forest is a beautiful corner of the Manning Valley. There is the Forest Park Camping and Picnic area within the Coopernook State Forest, which is a quiet open grass area, surrounded by tall gums, perfect for camping or spending the night. This spot is a free stopover and rest area for those seeking respite from highway travel, halfway between Taree and Kew and just off the Pacific Highway.

The forest is accessible by 2WD in good weather and the site is FREE and pet friendly. A good spot to pop out the tent or trailer and relax or explore the surrounding forest.... continue reading.

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
Website:http://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/forests/coopernook
Address:Coopernook State Forest, Forest Drive, Coopernook NSW

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 goannas. 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

Coorabakh National Park

Around 25 kilometres north of Taree take a drive through Coorabakh National Park.

Wander amongst giant Blackbutt forest over the shaded boardwalks of the Starrs Creek sub tropical rainforest. Amble down along a fresh creek to Newbys cave and if the day is warm you simply have to take yourself for a dip in the ever cool Waitui Falls. Some of the most amazing views over the Manning Valley and out to the coastline can be enjoyed here from Newbys, Flat Rock and Vincent’s lookouts.

Be sure to check out Big Nellie, Flat Nellie and Little Nellie,... continue reading.

Contact details
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Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Address:Coopernook Forest Drive, Coopernook NSW 2426

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.

There are a number of great,... continue reading.

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
Email:
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Address:Crowdy Head Road, Harrington, New South Wales, Australia

Crowdy Head Beach

The beautiful seaside village of Crowdy Head has both a north and a south beach.

On the northern side is a family friendly beach which is patrolled in summer months with a Surf Life Saving Club and kiosk. There are also some great picnic spots nearby and it’s not uncommon to spot dolphins playing in the waves.

Crowdy Head South Beach is a beautiful natural beach which is very popular with surfers chasing the ‘big’ waves. There are also picnic tables overlooking the ocean, so make sure you pack your lunch before you go!

Both beaches have 4WD access available,... continue reading.

Facilities
  • 4WD
  • BBQ / Picnic area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping
  • Dogs
  • Fish Cleaning Facilities
  • Fishing
  • National Park
  • Ocean Baths
  • Patrolled
  • Playground
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Toilets
Contact details
Address:Crowdy Head, New South Wales, Australia

Diamond Head & Kylie’s Beaches

Diamond Head and Kylie’s Beaches are located in Crowdy Bay National Park and are only a short walk from the many camping grounds located in the area.

These beaches boast great fishing, BBQ and picnic areas nearby and for the more adventurous, some great walking tracks. There is also 4WD access available at Kylies Beach, which is just south of Diamond Head.

If you’re on the look out for that perfect Kodak moment, the local kangaroo community can often be found on the sand in the early hours of the morning or right on sunset.... continue reading.

Facilities
  • 4WD
  • BBQ / Picnic area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping
  • Dogs
  • Fish Cleaning Facilities
  • Fishing
  • National Park
  • Ocean Baths
  • Patrolled
  • Playground
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Toilets
Contact details
Address:Diamond Head Beach, Diamond Head, New South Wales, Australia

Harrington Beach

Part of the Harrington Beach State Park, Harrington Beach has a family friendly swimming lagoon off the beach area with BBQ facilities and picnic tables.

 

This is a fabulous spot to take the little ones and the Harrington break wall is also close by for walking, fishing and taking in views of the ocean. Along the break wall you’ll also see the fish-cleaning tables, where the local pelicans like to hang out and fight for the leftovers from the fishermen’s catch of the day.

 

Pick up a permit from the local bait shop in Harrington as there is 4WD access available along this beach.... continue reading.

Facilities
  • 4WD
  • BBQ / Picnic area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camping
  • Dogs
  • Fish Cleaning Facilities
  • Fishing
  • National Park
  • Ocean Baths
  • Patrolled
  • Playground
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Toilets
Contact details
Address:Harrington Beach State Park, Crowdy Street, Harrington, New South Wales, Australia

Harrington Beach State Park

Harrington Beach State Park is a 431-hectare site that stretches from Harrington to the picturesque fishing village of Crowdy Head. It features a privately run Caravan Park, lighthouse and boat harbour.

A must do for all is a visit to the iconic Crowdy Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse perched high on the headland provides 360-degree views of the coast. Between May and August, keep your eye out for passing humpback whales. Make sure you pack the camera as there are great photo opportunities from this vantage point.

Harrington Beach State Park is a fisherman’s paradise with plenty of opportunities to pull in a great catch of the day at the protected boat harbour,... continue reading.

Contact details
Website:http://www.stateparks.nsw.gov.au
Address:Harrington Beach State Park, Crowdy Street, Harrington, New South Wales, Australia

Harrington Farmers Market

The Harrington Genuine Farmers Market is held on the last Sunday of the month at John Oxley Reserve, Beach Street, Harrington.

Produce available includes hot food, coffee, fruit cocktails, handmade boutique chocolates, citrus fruits, honey and manuka honey, grass fed organic beef, natural healing cream, jewellery, candles, soap, plants, flowers, garden ornaments, wine, dream catchers and clothing.

Come and support our local farmers. You can talk with each farmer about their products and get ideas on cooking and storing these items too.

Open 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:0431 247 457
Email:
Website:http://genuinefarmersmarket.com/
Address:87 Beach St, Harrington NSW 2427, Australia
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Harrington Markets

The Marine Rescue Markets at Harrington are held in John Oxley Reserve and are very popular with both visitors and the locals alike.  The market has a wide variety of stalls selling crafts, produce, clothing, plants, and much more. All proceeds from the Markets go towards financing our Marine Rescue Boats and operations.

Come and enjoy our excellent food, prepared by our friendly Marine Rescue Members, and enjoy a day out in Harrington!

The markets are held 4 times a year – New Years Day, Easter Monday, in July and Monday of the October long weekend.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:02 6556 1564
Email:
Website:http://mrch.org.au/markets.html
Address:Beach St, Harrington NSW 2427 Australia
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Johns River Community Market

Johns River Community Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month with additional markets held on a Monday of the long weekends at Easter, June and October & January.

A very popular market that has been in operation for in excess of 25 years and has a large range of stalls, old wares and homemade items. Excellent food is available for sale, including our legendary Devonshire Tea/Coffee, which is provided by the Trustees of the Johns River Community Hall. All proceeds from the sale of food items and stall holder rental is invested back into the Hall and Recreation reserve.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:0417 950 525
Email:
Website:http://www.johnsriverhall.com.au
Address:Johns River Community Hall
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Lookouts

  • Manning Valley

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:

Club Harrington and Steve’s River Reflections

The Harrington Bowling Club was established in the late 1950s and is situated on the banks of the Manning River with spectacular views out to the Harrington Breakwall and the Pacific Ocean. The club offers Social events like Bingo, Trivia, Raffles, Members Badge Draws and Fundraising for Community as well as live music on most Friday and Saturday nights. Our family friendly restaurant, Steve’s River Reflections, serves modern Australian cuisine for lunch & dinner 7 days a week. Check out the menu and specials for great food at a great price. A La Carte menus & Platters for functions & parties are also available as well as a kids menu.

Contact details
Phone:(02) 6556 1185
Website:http://www.clubharrington.com.au

Bago Vineyards

Bago Vineyards produces chardonnay, verdelho, fortified wines, merlot and ports. Established 20+yrs. Our vineyard cultivates a food and wine experience, stocking local cheeses and condiments – a cheese plate with a glass of wine under the pergola is essential when visiting the cellar door. Enjoy Bago’s remarkable hedge maze, the largest in NSW. Open 9:30 am daily, Cellar closes 5:00 pm Maze entry closes 4:00 pm

Contact details
Phone:02 6585 7099
Website:http://www.bago.com.au/
Address:Milligans Road, Wauchope NSW 2446
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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
Email:
Address:9 Leopold Street, Crowdy Head New South Wales 2427

Ghinni Wines

Ghinni Wines produces quality fruit and vegetable liqueurs using fresh orchard fruit primarily from the farm orchard and also other local growers including organic specialists. Ghinni Wines also produce fruit and honey mead:  blueberry, orange, plum and lemon. Our Vinyard cultivates king mulberries in the orchard which imbue more fructose to the fruit driven liqueur flavours. Enjoy a mataro red made from Barossa fruit, hand picked form 50+ year vines. The…

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 8191 Open by appointment
Email:
Website:http://www.ghinniwines.com
Address:200 Pacific Highway, Ghinni Ghinni NSW 2430

Middle Brother National Park

This park was created to protect two of the largest coastal Blackbutt trees in NSW – Bird Tree and Benaroon. Bird Tree is 69 metres high, with a girth of 11 metres. Its age has been estimated at around 300 years old, meaning it predates the arrival of Captain Cook to Australia.

Contact details
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Website:http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Address:Tv Road, Johns River, New South Wales, 2443, Australia

Rosies Cafe and Gallery

Rosies Cafe and Gallery is in the heart of Johns River in the Manning Valley. Be surprised by the perfect coffee and delicious food. Relax with a glass of wine in the leafy courtyard or sample a crisp local Pilsner and Tapas in the bar and don’t forget to visit the gallery and gift shop.

Contact details
Phone:02 6556 5405
Email:
Website:http://www.rosiescafe.com.au
Address:48 Johns River Road, Johns River NSW 2443

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.

Stones Oysters Pty Ltd

Stones Oysters are specialists in oyster growing and processing in the Manning River and Wallis Lake. Our retail shop sells oysters, prawns and fish.  We are wholesalers of oysters to Sydney and Queensland.

Contact details
Phone:02 6556 3222
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Address:479 Harrington Road, Coopernook NSW 2426

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
Email:
Website:http://www.tacticalpaintballgames.com
Address:19716 Pacific Highway, Moorland, NSW, 2443, Australia

The Other Side Art Cafe

The Other Side Art Café on Moto Rd Ghinni Ghinni offers art, atmosphere and delicious food. Set on the banks of Ghinni Ghinni River this pet friendly cafe and working art studio is the perfect place to enjoy organic coffee and specialty teas with mouth watering cakes and delicious meals. The resident artists will discuss your next commission piece or you can just watch them at their work.  You can also enjoy an…

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 8890 A/H 0439 496 848
Email:
Website:http://www.the-other-side-art-cafe.com.au
Address:12 Moto Road, Ghinni Ghinni NSW
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