A ten-minute drive west of Taree is the historic town of Wingham.
Settled in 1853 on the banks of the Manning River, this unique township offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time. Its rich heritage is evident in the many National Trust listed Federation buildings which surround the town.
From the second you drive past the town entry sign on Wingham road, you enter the history of the Manning. To the left is Chrissy Gollan Park, originally the site of Chinese market gardens and now an open green space for meeting friends, throwing a ball around, having a picnic or just relaxing under the shade of a tree.
Spend some time at the Historical Museum, which is open 7 days and showcases a vast collection of interesting memorabilia. Shop at the gorgeous boutique stores and eat at one of the local cafes, where you can savour the flavours of fresh local produce.
Down by the river’s edge you will discover Wingham Brush, a nature reserve with a difference. Covering 10 hectares of subtropical floodplain rainforest, it is one of only a few remnants of this rare rainforest type in Australia. Giant Moreton Bay figs tower over a gently winding boardwalk, where you will discover a large colony of endangered grey-headed flying foxes.
The weekends in Wingham are filled with colourful markets and the chance for you to purchase fresh, locally grown produce, hand crafted gifts, clothes, candles and more!
Each October, splendid sounds mingle with the heritage surroundings as the Wingham Akoostik Festival kicks into action. Music lovers are drawn to town for three days of live entertainment, workshops and quality food and market stalls.