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.

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.