HarringtonTen minutes north of Taree and just off the highway is the tranquil seaside village of Harrington which sits at the northern mouth of the Manning River. Harrington is a picturesque little village with walks along the breakwall and the inlet or take a stroll or surf at beautiful Crowdy Head beach.
In 1894 a long breakwall was built to protect the entry channel for shipping, which now it serves as a scenic walk and great fishing location. The nearby Pilot Hill Lookout provides expansive views over the river delta and the graves on the hill bear witness to the pilots whose task was to guide the boats over the bar.
There are plenty of eateries to choose from or take a picnic and sit in the park while watching the pelicans.
Old BarThe vibrant seaside villages of Old Bar and Manning Point provide access to the Manning River and ocean, attracting visitors throughout the year seeking sun, surf and sand. If it’s a coastal escape you’re after, you’ve come to the right place as these picturesque villages will allow you to relax, unwind and soak up our laid-back surfing culture. 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 Old Bar Beach Festival is also held each October long weekend, which attracts thousands of visitors to the region for two action-packed days of festivities.
The Manning River’s 150 kilometres of navigable waterways and array of boat launching facilities are perfect for punters to launch their boats and hit the water.
Whether you’re a beginner or expert, there is plenty of room to enjoy water-skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding and more!
Tinoneewas one of the earliest settlements in the Manning Valley. What was once a bustling town centre is now a peaceful riverside village providing a focus for indigenous arts and crafts including pottery and handcrafted local goods. Tinonee is also home to a historical museum, a bustling general store, café and artisan gallery.
TareeLocated on the beautiful Manning River, Taree is the major commercial centre of the Manning Valley and is a great place to base yourself to explore the region.
Taree offers a great variety of shopping with modern undercover complexes, arcades, boutique gift and clothing shops, craft centres, antiques and speciality stores. While you’re out and about, be sure to grab a coffee or lunch at one of our many popular cafes and restaurants that are dotted around the town.
Ellenborough FallsFrom Wingham follow the Tourist Drive 8 signs to the legendary Ellenborough Falls at Elands. At 200 metres, Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the Manning Valley’s biggest natural attractions. If you’re coming to the area, visiting this natural beauty is a must-do! Admire the natural beauty from the viewing platform at the top, or for the more adventurous, take the 641 timber steps to the bottom of the valley where you’ll get so close you’ll feel the spray and hear the roar of the falls. Allow 10 minutes or one hour
Choose your lookout
- Flat Rock Lookout
- Newbys Lookout
- Rowley’s Rock Lookout
- Ellenborough Falls
- Apex Lookout
- Blue knob Lookout
- Big Nellie Volcanic Plug
- Vincent’s Lookout
- Brushy Cutting
- Pilot Hill Lookout