Peak season in New South Wales runs during the local summer from December – February when the temperatures are at their hottest and the waters are warm enough to swim in. Flights outside of these times can be much cheaper and more deals are available. The ideal time to visit is during one of the two shoulder seasons from March – May or September – October. During these times the weather is still hot but is more comfortable making it easier to explore the countryside. The weather stays warm and pleasant all year round however and even in the local winter time of June-August temperatures often reach 20 degrees Celsius. The Annual Rowing Regatta is the town’s biggest event which takes place in third week of January. The Regatta, along with the Taree Annual Show in the second week of October, may see local accommodation prices rise.
The town of Taree in New South Wales is nestled in the beautiful Manning River Valley. Located only 9 miles (15 km) from the Pacific Coast it’s close to a number of fabulous beaches and is surrounded by many exquisite natural sites.
Taree has become infamous for its Big Oyster, one of the world’s largest roadside attractions. Also known as the ‘Big Mistake’, it divides local opinions and must be seen to be believed. The Manning Entertainment Theatre is located within the town and shows a diverse collection of performance arts. The Manning Regional Art Gallery is also found within the town and displays an ever changing collection of local and regional arts. Just outside of the town is Artisans on the Hill, a craft gallery and workshop space surrounded by beautiful dairy land.
The Manning River Valley itself is home to a huge number of great picnic spots and reserves dotted around its tributaries, in particular the mangrove-lined Brimbin National Park and the subtropical rainforest at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve.
An hour’s drive north is the unforgettable Coorabakh National Park which was sculpted by volcanic activity millions of years ago. The park is dominated by the Three Nellies, volcanic intrusions that each provide amazing views of the park and idyllic picnic spots.
The entire Mid North Coast of New South Wales benefits from award winning beaches. This includes the beaches around the nearby town of Old Bar such as the stunning and pristine Black Head Beach and the endlessly beautiful Diamond Beach, a place to find seclusion, watch dolphins, surf or swim. Further coastal towns worth visiting include Crowdy Head which is home to an active lighthouse and is a popular whale watching spot.
When beach options have been exhausted, those travelling with young children should head to the Big Buzz Fun Park. Located on Lakes Way to the south of Taree this adventure park features a toboggan, water slides, speed park, trampolines, golf and much more.
Taree itself is a medium-sized town and the centre can be very easily navigated on foot. The town offers a choice of taxi services and for those travelling even further afield, the rail station connects passengers to major destinations such as Brisbane and Sydney. In order to discover the natural surroundings of the Manning River Valley and beyond visitors usually hire a Jeep or 4 x 4.
Taree Regional Airport (TRO) is located just 3 miles (5 km) from the centre of the town. Taxi travel is the easiest way to reach your final destination although car rental is also available from the airport.