Established in 1831 on the beautiful Manning River, Taree is now the major commercial centre of the Manning Valley and is a great place to base yourself and explore this fabulous region with so much to see and do.
The First Nation Biripi people travelled the region according to the seasons and availability of food sources. They harvested the native plants and utilised them for their survival and their traditional practices.
The town derives its name from Tareebit which is the Aboriginal word for fig. Taree is indeed home of the fig, showcasing some majestic species right in town.
Make Taree your central location while exploring the Manning Valley and you’ll be surrounded by nature at its best. Nearby are 45km of pristine coastline and the Manning River’s 150km of navigable waterways, fishing, sailing, paddle boarding water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, rowing and kite surfing are some of the most popular recreational activities. The region has nine National Parks and reserves, endless walking trails, mountain bike tracks, rapids, waterfalls, beaches, lookouts, fishing and more. With around 25 inland and seaside villages’ close by, a day trip can take you to amazing landscapes with unique atmosphere and an assortment of local food, art & craft. The Manning Valley is made for adventure.
The Taree riverbank is the perfect environment for any outdoor event. Annually we have Tastefest for the food enthusiasts, sailing and rowing regattas, the Power Boat Spectacular plus many more seasonal experiences. Pack a picnic, take the kids to the riverbank and relax under the magnificent shady fig trees. The Bi-Centennial gardens on Browns Creek are well worth a visit - a secret garden right in town.
Taree offers a great variety of shopping with modern undercover complexes, arcades, boutique gift and clothing shops, craft centres, galleries, antiques and speciality stores. While you’re out and about be sure to grab a coffee or lunch at one of the many popular cafés and restaurants around town.
Dive into our modern aquatic centre with both outdoor and indoor pools, a kiddies play area plus a gym. Indoor fun can be had at the ten pin bowling alley, twin cinemas or Inflatable World. You might even be able to catch a show at our wonderful Manning Entertainment Centre or see one of the displays in the Regional Art Gallery.
Sporting enthusiasts are catered for with strong representations across many fields, including horse racing, sailing, rowing, power boats, golf, football, soccer, dirt bikes, and more. No matter what your favourite spectator or participant sport is, you’re bound to find a club with something happening.
The town is well catered for commercially, with all major service providers including Service NSW and Centrelink, daily transport to and from the regional airport and the north coast Trainlink train service. We have a good selection of GP’s, specialists and alternative therapists, Manning Base Hospital and Mayo Private Hospital. A number of large manufacturing companies also provide plenty of job opportunities.
Education is offered on many levels with a choice of 34 public, private and pious schools, a large TAFE College, University of Newcastle and UNE campuses.
8km north of Taree a major land release for the development of the new town Brimbin has now commenced and is proposed to be an eco-friendly environment. Around 8,000 homes are to be built and house 22,000 people. Schools, shops and a neighbourhood centre will add to the desirability of the development.
The Mid North Coast is earmarked as a substantial growth corridor along the NSW East Coast, so why not make the move to Taree and enjoy a holiday lifestyle.