Tourists’ Guide to Taree in 2021

Located north of Sydney, Taree is the perfect place to escape the city for a weekend away. We’ve got you covered with things to do, how to get around and what you should take on your trip.

Nestled on the side of the Manning River is the quaint town of Taree, a popular tourist destination for Sydneysiders looking for a weekend getaway with the family — including the dog. Only 3.5 hours from Sydney via car, Taree boasts a range of activities for both family and couples alike. It’s also the perfect place to base yourself if you want to visit other closely residing towns such as Diamond Beach and Manning Point. 

However, Taree is one of those regions most people wouldn’t think of to journey to for a holiday. Tourists and holidaymakers are often drawn to the lights of Sydney and other hotspots, but they’re missing out!

In this tourists’ guide to Taree, you’ll find some of the best things to do while in the region, as well as things to pack to ensure you’re ready for anything.

4 Top Things to Do in Taree

1. Taree heritage walk.

One of the best things to do while in Taree is complete the Heritage Walk. Settled in 1831 and made into a private town in 1854, Taree comes with a lot of history, which you’ll learn about on this self-guided tour.

There are two parts to the Taree Heritage Walk; the western and the eastern. Both tours unveil hidden gems of the old waterside town. You’ll visit 20 unique attractions in total over a 5km journey, taking about 2.5 hours to complete.

2. Water activities.

Water activities are a must when visiting Taree. Being a riverside town, there is no better place to spend your day than relaxing on a boat in the Manning River. Fishing is permitted in the river, so don’t forget to pack your fishing gear.

If fishing doesn’t take your fancy, there are newly laid walking tracks along the riverbank overlooking the vast Manning Valley. These walking tracks are accessible for prams and wheelchairs.

3. The Big Oyster.

Australians love travelling around the country spotting obnoxiously large versions of normally tiny things such as the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple and Taree’s very own Big Oyster. 

The big oyster is currently located on top of a car dealership, but it once served as a popular restaurant. Taree is known for having some of the best oysters in Australia, so the Big attraction is fitting.

Of course, if you love oysters, there are plenty of seafood restaurants, even oyster bars and farms, for you to check out while you’re in Taree.

4. The Apex lookout.

The Apex lookout is the most beautiful lookout in all of Taree. It looks over the Manning River and across into the Manning Valley. The lookout is located on the western side of Taree, mere moments from the town centre. If you’re staying in town, you’ll likely be able to walk to this location.

3 Things to Bring to When You Visit Taree 

1. A jumper.

Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, you’ll likely need a jumper. Taree often has cool nights, even in the warmest summer months.

2. An umbrella. 

With 116 days of rain a year on average in Taree, we recommend bringing an umbrella or poncho in your suitcase. They can be especially helpful if you’re planning to spend a lot of time out on the water fishing or cruising. Don’t worry if you forget though; the local store has plenty in stock.

3. Sunscreen and bug repellent.

There is nothing more important in the Australian climate than sun safety. Bring plenty of sunscreen on your trip to Taree and ensure to reapply every four hours — even on those cloudy days. 

When packing your sunscreen, also grab the bug repellent. Like all waterside towns, mozzies are ravenous in Taree,  and the only way to avoid waking up covered in itchy red bites is to use repellent.

How to Get Around in Taree 

1. Bus.

The Taree regional bus runs right through the center of the regional town. If you’re looking to take a day trip to a nearby region, the bus is the quickest form of transportation if you don’t have a car. Note: The busses do not accept Opal cards as they are privately serviced.

2. Train.

Another way to get around in Taree is the train. The regional NSW line runs straight through Taree with routes available as far north as Brisbane and as far south as Newcastle. Catching the train is simple — you can purchase a ticket at the Taree station or use an Opal card.

3. Taxis.

A more private way to travel around Taree is via taxi. Taxis are easily bookable via apps, online or phone call. 

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