At the southern end of the Manning Valley discover the coastal area of Hallidays Point, taking in Black Head, Tallwoods, Red Head and Diamond Beach. There are excellent beaches to explore and a great walk in a littoral rainforest along the coast.
Black Head Beach is patrolled in summer and is considered one of the Manning’s best swimming beaches. It features an ocean pool, excellent fishing, picnic and barbeque areas under shady Norfolk Island Pines. The local rainforest walk encompasses striking coastal landforms, rare tracts of littoral rainforest and two headlands with lookouts at Black Head and Red Head.
The uncrowded beaches continue to Diamond Beach where you will find resort facilities fringing the beaches with dining options and a resort spa to pamper yourself.
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Hannam Vale, Johns River, Moorland
Around 25 kilometres north of Taree is the stunning mountainous Three Brothers Region.
Nestled between three National Parks is the pretty hinterland village of Hannam Vale. Free from the hustle and bustle of daily life, visit the local general store for directions, refreshment or a good old country chat. Pop up the road to Waitui falls and over the summer period pick some of the juiciest berries straight from the fields at the local berry farm.
To the east is the village of Moorland which in exchange for a quick detour off the highway you can taste the “best scones on the coast” and some of the sweetest, tastiest fresh orange juice in the region. Moorland is the gateway to Coorabakh National Park and the village was divided with the freeway bypass and is now a quiet and quaint village of the Manning Valley. From South Moorland, you can take the exit to Crowdy Bay National Park.
Johns River once had all traffic heading north and south driving through it’s centre but is now a quiet village with a cafe and tavern and a good rest stop with regular markets.Add to my itinerary
Harrington & Crowdy Head
Ten minutes north of Taree, is the tranquil seaside villages of Harrington and Crowdy Head. Harrington sits at the northern mouth of the Manning River and in 1894 a long breakwall was built to protect the entry channel for shipping. Now it serves as a scenic walk and great fishing location. The adjacent 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. Close by, over 50 ships foundered between 1824 and 1941 and three wrecks still lie under the sand today.
A taste of holidays from our past, Harrington’s relaxed seaside lifestyle is a welcome escape from today’s frantic pace. Stroll along waterfront pathways where bollards form a visual display of Harrington’s history.
Just north of Harrington, the small fishing village of Crowdy Head retains evidence of its European settlement and history around the area with a strong maritime flavour. A must do for all is a visit to the iconic Crowdy Head Lighthouse, perched high on the headland providing 360-degree views of the coast. Between May and November, keep your eye out for passing humpback whales and the lighthouse itself is picturesque and a great place for a photograph.Add to my itineraryView on map
Travelling north to the Manning Valley from Sydney, the first village in the Manning is Nabiac. Nabiac houses an extensive motorcycle museum, a delicious cafe, some gorgeous boutique shops and a local winery all within a short drive from the town.
Just out of town, stretch your minds and legs at the unique Honeycomb Valley Farm where you can browse 5 acres of ethnobotanical gardens, and bee motels. Pop into the farm gate shop where you can see, smell and taste the delicious range of Honeycomb Valley product from honey, teas, sauces and jams, all made from the on site gardens.Add to my itinerary
Old Bar & Manning Point
Just 10 minutes off the highway lies the vibrant seaside village of Old Bar. In the relaxed and laid-back atmosphere you have great access to both the Manning River and ocean. There are alfresco dining options, supermarkets and retail outlets. A heritage listed airstrip is unique to this coastal town which provides the perfect place for surfing, kite boarding lessons and swimming. Old Bar is also home to the Old Bar Beach Festival which is held each year on the October long weekend. Thousands of visitors come to town for the array of festivities over two full packed days.
Manning Point is nestled behind one of the two river entrances from the ocean where peace and quiet is part of every day life. On the way at Bohnock, stop off and hire a boat to explore our waterways. A picturesque village located almost at the mouth of the Manning River it sits on a narrow spit between the river and the sea. It is part of a landscape of islands and the many tributaries that form the Manning River delta, the largest in Australia.
The hub of the Manning Valley
Taree is the major commercial centre of the Manning and a great place to use as your base to explore. The local Aboriginal people originally named Taree “tareebit” after the fruit of the majestic fig trees found growing in the region.
Located on the Manning River, Taree offers a variety of shopping; modern undercover complexes, arcades, boutique gift and clothing shops, craft centres, antiques and specialty stores.
The town’s recreational facilities include Taree Recreation Centre, numerous sporting fields, racecourse, ten pin bowling centre, entertainment centre, aquatic and leisure centre, rowing and sailing clubs and the adjacent river, making a great lifestyle. For a spot of exercise or relaxation, take a plunge in our modern Aquatic Centre with indoor and outdoor swimming or play some golf at one of our five excellent golf courses.
Explore the riverside parks with their shady grassed areas, meandering paths, pontoons and jetty facilities. For some adventure and excitement, grab your kayak, boat or jet ski and get out on the mighty Manning River itself. Relax at one of our many cafes or enjoy a picnic lunch stretched out on the grass, in the shade of the trees over looking the flowing water.Add to my itineraryView on map
Tinonee & Mondrook
Tinonee was once a bustling riverside centre and is now a peaceful village and home to a historical museum, orchid nursery, cafe and gallery. Driving towards Wingham, Mondrook has some charming cafes, galleries and an artisans retreat. There is a breathtaking view across the river and at Brushy Cutting Lookout where can look out at the picturesque valley, encapsulating all the rural side of the Manning Valley beautifully.Add to my itineraryView on map
A ten-minute drive west of Taree is the historic town of Wingham. Settled in 1853 on the banks of the Manning River, Wingham offers visitors a step back in time. Its rich heritage evident in the many splendid National Trust listed Federation buildings, which surround the town common modelled on the English square.
Stroll the streets of this regional town where best selling Australian author Di Morrissey’s book “The Valley” is based on the pioneering characters and places of the Manning Valley. 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 cafes, including the multi-award winning Bent on Food.
Down by the river’s edge, Wingham Brush Nature Reserve is rare and beautiful covering 10 hectares of subtropical floodplain rainforest and is a maternity site for the endangered grey-headed flying fox. Stroll along the short, wheelchair friendly looped boardwalk under the boughs of huge majestic Moreton Bay and strangler fig trees. There are also barbecue, picnic, toilet facilities and boat ramp access to the Manning River near Wingham Brush.
On the weekends, Wingham comes alive with the Wingham Community Markets every 2nd Saturday of the month on the corner of Farquhar and Isabella Streets and the Wingham Farmers Markets on the 1st Saturday of every month at the Wingham Showground from 8 till noon where you can purchase fresh produce grown locally, oysters, fish and local cheese.Add to my itineraryView on map