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.

Bike tracks and skate parks

Our bike tracks and skate parks will get you and the family out enjoying our great weather!  You can get on the move at:

 

Bike tracks

Fotheringham Park to Andrews Reserve

A family oriented easy ride section of Taree for 5 km’s

See Bike Route 1 – Brochure

 

Brimbin Reserve

For a more adventurous ride of 15 km’s

See Bike Route 2 – Brochure

 

Skate parks

Harrington

Located at: Oxley Reserve,... continue reading.

Brimbin Nature Reserve

Brimbin Nature Reserve is located approximately 12km North West of Taree and an easy 20 minutes drive from town.

Brimbin Nature Reserve has important historic connections with Taree and Port Macquarie’s early settlement being situated on the original main road between the two centres in the days of horse-drawn transport. This area is also significant to the local Biripi people. The name “Brimbin” is an Aboriginal word derived from “Borembit” or stringybark, a tree species common in the reserve.

Brimbin is home to an endangered species of eucalypt, the narrow leaved redgum, Eucalyptus seeana, which occurs at its southern limit in the Taree area.... continue reading.

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Website:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/
Address:Old Port Macquarie Road, off Cedar Party Road, Brimbin NSW 2430

Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve

Coocumbac Island is a small island next to the Martin Bridge in the Manning River at Taree is the site of a major rainforest regeneration program.

It is an ideal place to see one of the few remaining areas of lowland subtropical rainforest that once covered extensive areas of the North Coast. The island is only accessible by water, so if you’re out in your boat, be sure to swing by and check it out.... continue reading.

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Website:http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Address:The island is only accessible by water

Cundletown Markets

Cundletown Markets are held bi-monthly on the 2nd Sunday of odd months at the Cundletown Community Garden, Main Street, Cundletown. A friendly little market, where you can find treasures, plants, home made goods, coffee and more. Fresh produce is available straight from the garden too.

Come for a visit. There is often activities for the kids too.

New stallholders welcome.

Open 8:30 am to 12:00 noon on odd months (March to November).

Please note in January 2018 there will be a special twilight market – Saturday 13th January 2018 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm featuring a classic car display.... continue reading.

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Phone:0425 265 632
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Address:43 Main Street, Cundletown, New South Wales, Australia
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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.

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Phone:02 6592 5466
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Website:http://mec.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/
Address:33 Manning River Drive, Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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Manning Mall

Manning Mall is your place for all your shopping needs, located on the corner of Albert and Manning Street in the CBD of Taree (opposite Taree Centre). Manning Mall is host to Coles, Target and a variety of specialty stores and eateries.

Free Parking is available in our above ground Car park. Designated parking areas for Mums with Prams, Disabled and Seniors are all available in the centre, adjacent to centre entrances.

See our Manning Mall Website for Trading Hours and Centre Services.... continue reading.

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Phone:02 6551 6366
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Website:http://www.manningmall.com.au
Address:Corner of Albert Street and Manning Street Taree NSW 2430

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.

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Phone:02 6592 5455
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Website:http://manningregionalartgallery.com.au/
Address:12 Macquarie Street, Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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Op Shop Hop

Do our local Op Shop Hop and discover a treasure, delight in a bargain and connect with our community.  Wander the heart of Taree and then trip to towns and villages from the country to the coast.

Make it all about the shopping or make it part of the experience of each town or village . . . this is Manning Valley Op Shop Hop:

Harrington Anglican Op Shop

Open Mon-Sat 9am-4pm and public holidays

1 Hedges St, Harrington

02 6556 1037

 

Old Bar Vinnies

Open Mon-Fri 9am-4pm;... continue reading.

Rudi’s Market

Rudi’s Market is a weekly farmers market held every Friday at the corner of Bushland and Kanangra Drives in Taree.

Stalls include Mentges Master Meats, Black Market Bagels, Hooting Owl Coffee, Burn 4 U Candles and Melts, Hot n Tasty 4 U Sauces and many more. Fresh fruit and vegetables are also available.

Open 8:00am to 2:00 pm.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:0402 937 313
Address:76-78 Kanangra Dr, Taree NSW 2430, Australia
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Taree Central

Taree Central is located in the centre of town, Taree Central is your place for all your shopping needs including Woolworths, Big W, and over 45 specialty stores and a food court. Taree Central is located on the corner of Albert Street and Manning Street in the CBD of Taree (opposite Manning Mall). Free Parking is available at Taree Central in our underground car park. Designated parking areas for Mums with Prams, Disabled and Seniors are all available in the centre, adjacent to centre entrances. See our Taree Central website... continue reading. for Trading Hours and Centre Services.
Contact details
Phone:02 6551 6366
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Website:http://www.tareecentral.com.au/
Address:Corner of Albert Street and Manning Street, Taree NSW 2430

The Hub Market

The Hub Market is held at the Taree Showground every 3rd Saturday of the month. This is the biggest market in Taree and surrounds, and has both outdoor and undercover areas.

At the Hub Market you will discover pre-loved books, fresh produce, plants and seedlings, homemade jam and gingerbread, bric-a-brac and food stalls.

The Markets are organised by the Lions Club of Manning River Inc. All funds raised go to Lions Foundations, charitable organisations and local groups.

Open 8:00 am to 12:00 noon.... continue reading.

Contact details
Phone:0429 192 149
Website:http://www.thehubmarkets.com.au/
Address:Taree Showground, Muldoon Street, Taree New South Wales 2430
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The Secret Weekly Farmers Market

Held every Thursday with locally grown and created products including fresh fruit & vegetables, local honey, pastured eggs, fermented food & drinks, jams & chilli sauces, fresh pork & beef, raw cakes, organic pasta, seeds & seedlings, olives & olive oil and lastly flowers.

Stall holders include Hidden Valley FreeRange, Bottled Culture, Yvettes Raw Kitchen, Organics MattR, Totally Freerange, Granny Mels, Parched Earth, Refugium Flora, Gilchrist Honey and more.

Find the markets at Taree Park – on the corner of Macquarie and Wynter Streets.

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

Contact details
Phone:0400 637 150
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Address:31 Macquarie St, Taree NSW 2430, Australia
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Club Taree

Club Taree is your complete entertainment destination. Catering for all interest groups Club Taree offers award winning catering through Dineon19 Restaurant, Cafe Connect and our extensive function department. Our modern, scenic and comfortable members lounge is the perfect place to catch up with friends, enjoy a get together or relax after dinner. Club Taree has a great range of member and guests services including a regularly scheduled courtesy bus. Club Taree offers a great range of regular entertainment options, and a scenic 21-hole golf course. We also have an 18 hole golf course.

Contact details
Phone:02 6539 4000
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Website:http://www.tareerslandgolf.com.au
Address:121 Wingham Road, Taree NSW 2430
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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
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Website:http://libraries.gtcc.nsw.gov.au
Address:242 Victoria Street, Taree, New South Wales, 2430, Australia

Cundletown and Lower Manning Historical Society Museum

Cundletown and Lower Manning Historical Society Museum features displays on the many industries and businesses in the area.  The major display relates to the dairy industry, which was one of the most important industries in the Manning Valley but is now slowly disappearing. People seeking to explore their family history of the lower Manning Valley visit the Cundletown Lower Manning Historical Society. Museum displays and photos show industry and business from…

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Phone:02 6553 9574
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Website:http://www.cundletownhistorical.com
Address:Cundletown Hall, Main Street, Cundletown NSW 2430

Mentges Master Meats

Come and taste! 40 different Continental Meat Products at Mentges Master Meats. All freshly hand made with local ingredients. Fresh Clean Lean. German quality and service with a smile! All products are suitable for celiac sufferers and diabetics, because they are all made without fillers, preservatives, gluten or added M.S.G, colours, flavours and are low in fat. Our care for your wellbeing is expressed in pure products, high quality and…

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Phone:02 6552 6878
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Website:http://www.mentgesmeats.com.au/
Address:Lot 12 Kanangra Drive, Taree NSW 2430

Raw Sugar Cafe

Conveniently located right in the heart of the CBD, the Raw Sugar Cafe is a coffee lover’s paradise. A social meeting place for locals and tourists alike, where they can relax and enjoy fantastic food. With a specials board that changes daily, it is one of Taree’s most popular eateries. Raw Sugar specialises in mod oz cuisine and has a variety of vegetarian dishes. Dine inside or outside in the…

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Phone:02 6550 0137
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Address:214 Victoria Street, Taree, New South Wales, Australia
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Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel is a bar and entertainment venue situated in the middle of the Taree CBD. The surrounding beer garden has stunning river views and has a great atmosphere with friendly staff. Come in for a meal and stay a while!

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Phone:02 6552 1242
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Address:202-204 Victoria Street, Taree, New South Wales, 2430 Australia
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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.

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Phone:0418 730 741
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Address:Taree Airport, Lansdowne Road, Cundletown New South Wales 2430
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Taree Craft Centre

Taree Craft Centre is a community run craft outlet located in a Heritage Listed building.  We display and sell a diverse range of quality items handcrafted by our talented members so it’s an ideal place to look for that perfect gift for any occasion. Pictured is our Cottage Cafe where we serve morning teas and light lunches including quiches, lasagnes, salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, scones, cakes, tea and freshly ground coffee. We also…

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Phone:02 6551 5777
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Website:http://www.tareecraftcentre.com
Address:77 Pulteney Street, Taree, New South Wales, 2430, Australia
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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

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.

YMCA Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre

The YMCA Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre works with the Greater Taree City Council and Wingham Pool, to connect people to their community by promoting a happy healthy lifestyle.  We provide high quality aquatic and recreation facilities and programs. These programs include a focus on family, healthy living, developing young people and those less fortunate while building opportunities for individuals, families and community groups to connect and feel welcome. The YMCA Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre  offers…

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Phone:(02) 6550 0500
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Website:http://www.ymcansw.org.au/centres/malc
Address:51 Manning River Drive, Taree, New South Wales, Australia