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.

Farquhar Inlet and Camping Ground

Located at the southern entrance to the Manning River, Farquhar Inlet offers far more than just a top fishing spot.  There is plenty of calm water to enjoy all types of boating and watercraft activities.

Farquhar Inlet is also a camping ground which consists of 25 campsites set amongst shady trees with BBQ facilities and toilets available. Access to the park is by 4WD along the Manning Point beach (only on low tide) or by boat.  Access via Old Bar is only possible when the entrance is closed.

All vehicles require a beach permit issued from Greater Taree City Council,... continue reading.

Contact details
Website:http://www.stateparks.nsw.gov.au
Address:Farquhar Park Camping Ground, Old Bar, New South Wales, Australia

Manning Point Beach

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Manning Point is both a riverside and seaside location, where the sea and the north arm of the Manning River meet at this idyllic point.

Located just 25 minutes drive east of Taree, Manning Point Beach is the perfect spot for families to visit. It features a river pool, BBQ and picnic facilities, a playground and you can even take your furry four legged friends for a walk! The fishing enthusiasts will also love this spot as there is a boat launch nearby and great fishing.

Over the years the lands of Farquhar Inlet and Manning Point have been the most successful breeding and fledgling sites in the State for the endangered shore bird the Little Tern.There is 4WD access for beach users,... 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:Manning Point Beach, Manning Point, New South Wales, Australia

Old Bar Beach

Old Bar Beach is the closest surfing beach to Taree and just a 10-minute drive from the Pacific Highway.

This location is perfect for fishing, boating and water sports for the whole family. The options are endless – pack a picnic and enjoy the BBQ facilities, take your furry friends for a walk along the beach, make tracks with the 4WD access or enjoy the fishing and surfing opportunities.

One of the best kite surfers in the business, Ben Wilson, rated Old Bar Beach as one of the best spots in the world, only second to a secret spot in the United States.... 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:Old Bar Beach, Old Bar, New South Wales, Australia

Old Bar Markets

Old Bar Markets are held on the 4th Sunday of the month on the beach promenade in Old Bar. Old Bar Market offers a laid back atmosphere, fresh produce, bric-a-brac, plants, jewellery, homemade products, home wares and lots more.

Open between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:6553 3314
Address:Old Bar Reserve, Old Bar Road, Old Bar New South Wales 2430

Saltwater and Wallabi Point Beaches

Adjacent Saltwater and Wallabi Point beaches, just south of Old Bar, are perfect for surfing enthusiasts. These surfing meccas attract thousands of tourists every year who are in search the perfect wave.

These beaches are also great for families as there is a warm, shallow saltwater lagoon nestled against the picnic reserve, providing excellent swimming opportunities.

For those with a love of fishing you won’t be disappointed as there is a direct ocean boat launch in this area.... 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:Saltwater Beach, Wallabi Point, New South Wales, Australia

Saltwater National Park

Saltwater National Park adjoining Saltwater beach has special significance for the local Aboriginal community (Biripi). This National Park contains Aboriginal sites, which relate to Dreamtime beliefs and a section of the park has been declared an Aboriginal Place.

There is swimming and surfing at the ocean beach and canoeing in the tranquil waters of Khappinghat Creek. The lagoon nestled against the Reserve provides safe swimming for families.

The picnic area has gas BBQ’s, picnic tables, amenities and cold showers. Take a walk through the rainforest on the headland or explore the Five Islands walking track, which follows Khappinghat Creek in the Nature Reserve.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:1300 072 757
Email:
Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/
Address:Saltwater Road, Saltwater, New South Wales, Australia

Manning Valley Libraries

Manning Valley Libraries includes five libraries across the Manning Valley at Taree, Wingham, Hallidays Point, Harrington and Old Bar.  Our libraries are the ‘community lounge room’ – so when you visit one of our libraries you can browse for a book or DVD, lounge around in our comfy chairs and read a magazine or use the wi-fi or a computer.  You can enjoy a wide range of regular and school holiday events and workshops.  We have an extensive local history and family history archive of documents, images and printed resources – so why not look up an ancestor while you are visiting.  We also have ‘print from anywhere’ facilities where you can print from your PC or mobile device to a library printer. Our libraries are open weekdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Taree Library is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturdays.

Contact details
Phone:02 6592 5290
Email:
Website:http://libraries.gtcc.nsw.gov.au
Address:242 Victoria Street, Taree, New South Wales, 2430, Australia

Club Old Bar

Club Old Bar is proud to be “The Hub of the Community” by supporting all local sporting and community groups. We strive to provide an exceptionally satisfying, comfortable and safe place to meet.  Enjoy our bistro  and café style dining.  Our Courtesy bus operates 7 days a week, picking up from 5pm.  Club Old Bar is able to provide a venue accommodating up to 400 people for a variety of functions such as but not limited to Weddings, Birthdays, Business conferences and other special occasions. Let our professional team do all the work enabling you to relax and enjoy your exclusive function.  You are invited to browse our web site for information on Club Old Bar’s facilities, internal clubs, up-to-date events, promotions and lots more….

Contact details
Phone:6553 7224
Email:
Website:http://cluboldbar.com.au
Address:1 Bedford Street, Old Bar NSW 2430

Flow Bar

Flow Bar is a family friendly café/bar/live music venue located 100m from the beach in the gorgeous coastal village of Old Bar. A perfect place to soak in the sun, catch up with family and friends while enjoying a coffee, scrumptious breakfast, lazy lunch, sunset dinner or drinks on the deck. Chef designed a-la-carte and function menus inspired by quality and seasonal produce. The beverage and cocktail lists will surprise and delight you, with a focus on quality brands and fresh produce you can expect consistently good food, cocktails, coffee and fresh juices. A welcoming and vibrant café with a distinctive and stylish seaside vibe. On weekends, guests will be entertained by local and touring bands and musicians amid swaying trees, warm sunny breezes and starry summer evenings. Flow is also ideal for large celebrations, ticketed concerts and a must “go to” destination for Old Bar locals and visitors alike.

Contact details
Website:http://www.flowbar.com.au
Address:31 David Street, Old Bar, New South Wales, 2430 Australia

Bohnock Bait and Tackle

Bohnock Bait & Tackle for all your fishing needs. Boat hire, fishing tackle, fishing licences, vehicle beach permits, fresh seafood, Chanderly & we are also agents for Salt-Away and Lanotec products. Cruise or fish the Manning River aboard one of our Hire/Drive vessels. All of our vessels have full safety gear on board and you do not need a licence to operate these vessels, under a ten knot speed restriction.

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 7532
Email:
Website:http://www.bohnockbait.com.au
Address:6 Channel Close, Bohnock NSW 2430

Old Bar Beach Festival

Old Bar Beach Festival is a volunteer run free community event bringing many, many tourists and visitors to the Manning Valley.  The festival is held on the Saturday and Sunday of the October long weekend at Old Bar Park.

Contact details
Phone:02 6553 3666
Email:
Address:1 Old Bar Rd, Old Bar NSW 2430, Australia
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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 Bishops Park.  There are 4km of scenic walking tracks and it is home to many bird species. Wallabies, koalas and echidnas have been sighted and during spring the wildflowers are abundant. Allow 1 hour.

Contact details
Address:Mudbishops Point Road, Old Bar NSW 2430

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.