Visitors Guide

We’re a community festival that celebrates good food, craft beer and fine wine (and serves up a tonne of fun along the way).

What does the Manning taste like? Divine seafood, crumbling cheese, snap-fresh produce… and we’re still just on the entrees. So make room. Loosen the belt. Clear your plate and taste it for yourself.

On 13 January 2018, the full deliciousness of the Manning Valley will be unleashed at our second TasteFest on the Manning. Hosted by the Taree Lions Club and Civic HeART, TasteFest is super-family-friendly with entertainment and food for all ages. It’s a celebration of our region’s love of food. You see, food’s ‘a movement’ in the Manning.

Our cafes are proud to buy local. Our farmers markets are bustling weekly hives of activity. But TasteFest will also welcome gourmet producers from all corners of Australia.

Set on the foreshore of the Manning, the festival will run alongside our annual Summer Rowing Regatta. Pull up your rug by the river, savour that treat from the food truck, or check out the boutique beer garden. Because its all about creating those special summer moments.

There will be a range of seating and standing table options and lots of undercover area.  The event will go ahead rail, hail or shine and remember, the Manning foreshore is the coolest place to be on a warm summers day!

So go on – come along and get your taste of the Manning.

It’s easy to get involved – we promise you will have a great day!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A VENDOR AT TASTEFEST?
Help on the day

If you’d like to volunteer, email us at tastefest.tareelions@gmail.com

Visitors guide

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The Manning Valley’s just two hours north of Newcastle and an hour south of Port Macquarie in north New South Wales. Famed for its beaches, rainforest and mountains, the Valley's also home to a remarkable number of artisan food and beverage makers.

January’s when you want to come. Besides TasteFest, the Valley also hosts the Troy Bayliss Classic, a full day of motorcycle races on one of Australia’s last remaining oiled flat tracks.

Getting here?

Driving – We’re three-and-a-half hours north of Sydney (319km). Just hop on the F3 freeway at Wahroonga and head north on the Pacific Highway.

Flying – For a great ‘day ‘scape’ or a weekend getaway, take a short one hour flight with Regional Express Airlines (REX). There are daily flights from Sydney-Newcastle-Taree. Book online or call 131 713.

Training – Enjoy the scenery aboard NSW TrainLink. There are four daily weekday trains from Sydney to Taree, three trains a day on weekends. Book online or call 132 232.

Bussing – There are daily services along the NSW coast to Taree. Call Premier Motor Service on 133 410 or Greyhound on 1300 473 946.

Where to stay?

We have accommodation for travellers on any budget. Including:

Mansfield on the Manning – A boutique luxury farmstay with sumptuous river views.

Best Western Taree – Perfect. And right on TasteFest’s doorstop.

Nundoobah Retreat – The name’s a giveaway. Escape to tranquility.

In Town Motor Inn – Good value. And just a 12-minute stroll from the Taree train station.

All Seasons Country Lodge – Includes an outdoor pool, hot tub and BBQ area.

Midlands Motel – Right on the banks of the Manning River. And a block from the art gallery.

For more info, check out the Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre.

Things to do?

Brimbin Nature Reserve – Nine kilometres north of Taree, the 50ha Brimbin Nature Reserve boasts delightful walking tracks, mangrove-lined waterways and birds – heaps of birds! This area’s also significant to the local Biripi people (the name ‘Brimbin’ is taken from ‘Borembit’ or stringybark, a tree species common in the reserve).

Cattai Wetlands – The Manning Valley’s beautiful award-winning hidden gem (don’t tell too many people about it). You’ll find 180 species of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and even some goannas in the Cattai Wetlands. Stroll along tracks, bird-watch, read or just have a snooze.

Crowdy Bay National Park – A 9,519ha wildlife haven featuring rugged coastline cliffs, rock pools, beaches and forests. At low tide, you’ll see rock formations and pools along Crowdy Bay National Park’s cliff-base walk. You can fish, surf or spot birds with your binoculars.

Ellenborough Falls – From Wingham follow the Tourist Drive 8 signs. Ellenborough’s one the longest single-drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere – and the jewel in Manning Valley’s crown.

Mountain Biking – A perennially popular activity around Manning Valley. We have more than 40km of challenging mountain bike loop tracks, hidden deep within acres of untouched woodlands.

Tinonee Museum – Right in the heart of town on Manchester Street, you’ll find Tinonee’s original jail. Back in 1860, little Tinonee had five hotels, a post office, flour mill and much more besides. Tinonee Museum takes you back to the glory days.

Flow Bar – Just 100m from the beach, right in the middle of the wee coastal village of Old Bar, is a legendary little bar and live music venue. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun, catch up with family and friends as you feast like Kings. Expect first-rate food, cocktails, coffee and fresh juices.

Honeycomb Valley Farm – Stretch your legs and titillate your tastebuds at the award-winning Honeycomb Valley Farm. Our Farm Gate Shop is stacked with artisan produce and all types of honey. Once you’ve stocked up, take a guided tour of the gardens, meet some furry little farm friends or learn about solar cooking.

Big Buzz Fun Park – You’ll find 25-acres of adventure and fun a short drive south of Taree along the Lakes Way. Thrillseekers can hurtle along a toboggan run or jump on four water slides. You’ll also find mountain boards, tennis, beach volleyball at Big Buzz.

Where to park?

There are a number of Council operated carparks which include disabled and caravan access:

Butterworth Carpark – Behind IGA, Access from Albert Street, Taree.
3 hour parking, 11 disabled spaces, no caravans.

Chapman Place Carpark – Between Commerce & Pulteney Streets, Taree.
All day parking, 2 disabled spaces, 4 caravan spaces.

Connell Place Carpark – Behind Best & Less – access from Albert Street, Taree.
All day parking, 2 disabled spaces, no caravans.

For more information about Taree and what Manning Valley has to offer