explore the manning valley
The natural beauty of the Valley is highlighted by the Manning River, a rare double delta system, in fact the only one in Australia with two entrances to the ocean. The Manning River and its many tributaries are the lifeblood of the region and provide the perfect environment for boating activities, boat ramps, fishing and tranquil picnic spots.
Natural assets abound with 9 National Parks and Reserves, stunning surf beaches spreading across 45 kilometres of pristine coastline and more than 26 seaside and hinterland towns and villages to explore.
The Valley is the perfect place to unwind and do as little or as much as you choose.
Ellenborough Falls, located at Elands in the hinterland one hour north-west of Taree, is where the clear
waters of the Ellenborough River tumble 200m over spectacular Ellenborough Falls to the rocky valley floor. Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere. Take a leisurely
15 minute stroll to The Knoll for great photo opportunities or walk to the bottom for a swim after a 30 minute hike down to the Valley below. The scenery and tall timbers on this plateau are definitely worth the drive.
Travel via the historic village of Wingham to get to the Falls. The scenic drive takes approximately 45 minutes from Wingham and the last 16km are on unsealed road. If you are travelling with a caravan or trailer, they can be left at the Wingham Showground. Please ensure you drive to the conditions of the road.
Wingham Brush Nature Reserve located at the edge of the town, showcases majestic Moreton Bay Fig trees towering over a gently winding boardwalk. The Brush is home to a large colony of grey-headed flying foxes and is one of only a few remnants of subtropical lowland rainforest left in Australia. Stay at dusk for a show not to be missed and see the thousands of flying foxes heading to the Manning River for a drink before flying off to forage overnight.
Whilst in Wingham, stroll the wide country streets, visit the Manning Valley Museum and experience the café culture in Wingham where you can pick up some gourmet goodies, produced locally. Take the short drive to Tinonee where there are galleries and cafes along the way. Brushy Cutting Lookout provides beautiful views looking west and is located between Wingham and Tinonee.
The Manning River is the heart of the Manning Valley and is a fisherman’s paradise. Bring your boat or hire one locally and explore the river from Old Bar to Harrington or one of its many stunning tributaries. Stop along the way for local oysters or visit one of the fishing co-ops for some fine seafood fare.
Crowdy Head Lighthouse is the best viewpoint to see 360 degree views around the Manning. It’s a great place to spot whales in season and has views back to the quaint village of Harrington. From Crowdy Head you can go on a fishing charter or visit Crowdy Bay National Park, where there are camping facilities, walks, swimming and kilometres of uncrowded coastline to explore.
The Manning Valley’s hinterland region provides a cool diverse respite from coastal activities. Tapin Tops National Park, north-west of Wingham features mountain scenery with tall eucalypt and subtropical rainforest. After taking in the highlights of Tapin Tops National Park visitors can continue on Knodingbul Road until reaching Blue Knob Road and Doyles River Road linking back to Ellenborough Falls.
Coorabakh National Park is best known for its impressive volcanic outcrops, Big Nellie, Little Nellie and Flat Nellie, together with the Lansdowne Escarpment, are areas to view spectacular cliffs ringing the Manning Valley. The park can be accessed just north of Taree from Coopernook and Moorland.
Taree is the business centre of the Manning Valley nestled on the banks of the Manning River. Taree has first class shopping centres, entertainment and sporting facilities, alfresco dining and peaceful riverside parks. The Manning Entertainment Centre, the Manning Aquatic Centre and Regional Art Gallery are all located in Taree.
Bustling markets take place at various locations each weekend, together with farmers markets that supply the freshest of local produce from fruit and vegetables to seafood.
Whilst you’re in Taree drop into the Visitor Information Centre and discover the list of activities and attractions to see and experience including information on all local events and markets.
We have maps highlighting drives and walks throughout our National Parks, waterway maps, dining guides, pet friendly accommodation guides, bike riding trails, heritage walks and bird watching information.
See our great range of unique and local products, souvenirs, postcards and we can even issue your beach permits and fishing licences.
For more information about any of these interesting, fun, free activities and other great things to see
and do in the Manning Valley contact the friendly team at the Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre.