The Mid North Coast reflects the full scope of nature’s beauty: pristine beaches, glorious rivers, winding waterways, dense forests and magnificent hinterlands. Bush walking, boat trips, picnic sites, awe-inspiring natural wonders… the Manning Valley is blessed to have them all. And the great thing is that at the end of the day you can return to Tinonee Cottages, have a long soak in a hot bath, relax and review the day’s physical activities.


Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

Farquhar Street, Wingham NSW 2430

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve is positioned on the banks of the Manning River. With two entrance points for the walks, at Farquhar Street and Isabella Street, you can explore 10 hectares of subtropical floodplain rainforest. Excellent picnic facilities and a boat ramp make it a great family destination.

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Brimbin Nature Reserve 

Old Port Macquarie Road, Brimbin NSW 2430

Brimbin Nature Reserve is a tranquil place of mangrove-lined waterways for canoeing, short trails for walking and shady areas for picnicking. Enjoy picnicking by the riverside, canoeing down the waterways, or walking leisurely along one of the reserve’s two walking trails. Brimbin is also teeming with birdlife. This was also part of a property owned by New South Wales’ only independent female colonial settler, Isabella Mary Kelly. Ms Kelly’s walking track and Ms Kelly’s Crossing were named in her honour.

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Ellenborough Falls

Bulga Plateau, Elands NSW 2429

Ellenborough Falls is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere at 200m high. You can take the timbered walkway to the bottom of the falls, or instead choose to walk to The Knoll to look across at the breathtaking drop. Either way spectacular is the first  word that comes to mind.

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Coorabakh National Park

Moorland, NSW 2443

Ph: 02 6552 4097

Coorabakh National Park is best known for its impressive volcanic outcrops - Big Nellie, Little Nellie and Flat Nellie and the Lansdowne Escarpment. The scenic forest drive is a loop road and it is recommended to do this drive from north to south due to more favourable road grades. The drive includes numerous lookout spots, cliffs, picnic areas, mountain views and eucalyptus forests with some rainforests. 

Newbys Creek walk to Newbys Cave is a five minute walk to a large overhanging rock formation. Newbys Lookout sits on the edge of the Lansdowne escarpment offering a magnificent view over the Manning Valley. Starrs Creek Rainforest Area has a short boardwalk to allow a wander amongst the beautiful rainforest. Big Nellie Mountain is a large volcanic plug rising 542 metres.

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Waitui Falls

Waitui Rd, Hannam Vale NSW 2443

Tucked away in the middle of the Comboyne State Forest on the border of the Coorabakh National Park, Waitui Falls are a small, gentle drop in a branch of the Camden Haven River. It is the most delightful family picnic area and swimming in this waterhole is generally safe though young children must be supervised by adults.


Cattai Wetlands

Spring Hill Road, Coopernook NSW 2426

Cattai Wetlands are a wonderful and unique reclaimed site located 20 minutes north of Taree. Described as a hidden gem in the Valley, Cattai is a beautiful spot that provides sanctuary for over 100 species of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and goannas. With many walking tracks you can go bird watching, take a picnic or just relax and enjoy the scenery.

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Saltwater National Park

Saltwater Rd, Wallabi Point NSW 2430

Saltwater National Park is a small coastal reserve surrounded by rainforest, close to Taree and Old Bar. Great for surfing, swimming and relaxing, you also have the sheltered lagoon of Khappinghat Creek to canoe or swim in. The surf beaches include Saltwater and Wallabi, and a large, well-equipped picnic area adjacent to these is a perfect spot to relax. Multiple walking tracks give you a chance to explore and the views from the Headland track are not only spectacular but a great place to go whale watching.

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Old Bar Beach

Old Bar Road, Old Bar NSW 2430

20 minutes from Tinonee is Old Bar Beach and the seaside town of Old Bar. The beach extends 6 km between the coastal inlet and Wallabi Point. Old Bar is a well-known surfing beach and a fantastic kite boarding spot. Beach fishing is also a favourite pastime for locals and tourist. The beach is patrolled during the summer months and has a Surf Lifesaving Club. Old Bar Rd runs in the opposite direction to The Bucketts Way from Purfleet roundabout

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Manning Point

Manning Point Road, Manning Point NSW 2430

Manning Point Beach commences on the southern side of the sandy 500 metre wide Manning River entrance. It extends south west for a total of 10 kilometres to the southern mouth of the river. The beach and river provide a wonderful location for fishing, boating and swimming. 4WD’s are permitted on Manning Point beach provided they hold a current beach permit issued by either Greater Taree City Council or Great Lakes Council.

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Please note this Explore page is an information list for the area and by no means are these recommendations by Tinonee Cottages. These links are meant for your convenience only. Tinonee Cottages makes no claim or representation, and accepts no responsibility, regarding the quality, nature, or reliability of these locations and services or the sites accessible by hyperlinks from this website.