The Three Brothers
Lined by four national parks, the Three Brothers Region boasts award-winning wetlands, rainforest boardwalks, and stunning headland trails, all within view of the iconic Three Brother Mountains. Driving north from Taree, the Cattai Wetlands at Coopernook offer great views of the Three Brothers Mountains with a ring trail around the lagoon (open Friday – Monday, 8am – 3pm). Proceeding north along the breathtaking Lansdowne Escarpment, you pass Newby’s Lookout and then Big Nellie Mountain going into Coorabakh National Park. The vistas over the Manning Valley are incredible, and the rainforest boardwalk at Starrs Creek enchanting. Truly charming villages at verdant Hannam Vale line the route past Middle Brother National Park, up to north through Johns River and up to North Brother and Dooragan National Park, for great views over the Three Brothers Region from the paved road to the top. The coast road leads back down to Diamond Head and Crowdy Bay National Park with trails leading through coastal heath to the headland vistas up and down the coast.
The Waterfall Loop
Ellenborough Falls is located on the Bulga Plateau at Elands, one hour’s drive north-west of Taree on Tourist Drive 8. At 200 metres, it is one of the longest single drop waterfalls in the Southern Hemisphere. There are two walks at the falls. An easy ten minute stroll to The Knoll provides magnificent views looking directly across the falls and for the more adventurous there is a timbered walkway (641 steps) to the bottom of the valley. This 30 minute walk provides plenty of rest stops along the way so you can stop and admire the majestic surroundings. To get the best Ellenborough Falls experience head up over the weekend or school holidays when the Ellenborough Falls Kiosk is open offering freshly baked goodies. The drive to the falls will take you though some of the Manning Valley’s best rural areas, but please take care on the 15 kilometres of unsealed road between Bobin and the falls. If you are travelling with a caravan or trailer, you will need to leave them at the Wingham Showground. Please note a detour is in place to access Ellenborough Falls. To ensure the falls remain accessible in the future vital road works are scheduled between December and April along Bulga Road. The road will be closed weekdays from 9am to 3pm but will be open outside of these times and on weekends. If you are travelling to the falls during this time you will need to use an alternate route. The detour will take you along either Comboyne or Robinson-Middlebrook Road.
MUST-DO TOURIST DRIVES
BUSH WALKS The Manning Valley is an area rich with natural assets and unexplored forests. We have nine of the most unique and spectacular National Parks and nature reserves in NSW. Take a walk, or cycle through the stunning natural beauty that is our back yard and keep your eyes peeled for the wild life we know lies within. Here’s some of our favourites;
DRIVING ON BEACHES We allow for 4WD access to certain beaches. Pick up your permit for this activity from Council offices in Taree and Wingham or at the Manning Valley Visitors Information Centre located at 21 Manning River Drive. Also available at outlets in the coastal villages.
Coorabakh National Park NEWBYS CREEK WALK AND CAVES Five minutes walk up the creek from Newbys Creek Road, you can explore the fascinating Newbys Cave. The cave has a large overhanging rock formation, making a natural shelter in the creek bed. The walk continues further upstream amongst lush ferns and sparkling creek waters. Allow 30 minutes.
FURRY FAMILY ON BEACHES Greater Taree City Council has made its beaches dog friendly. Dogs are allowed on beaches if accompanied, off leash between 7pm and 8am other than prohibited areas, on leash between 8am and 7pm at designated beaches. Make sure your dog also enjoys the holiday by taking advantage of the chance to have a roll in the surf!
Crowdy Bay National Park DIAMOND HEAD LOOP TRACK A well-formed track begins from Diamond Head camping area. The track links Diamond Head and Indian Head camping areas, passing through heaths and forests. Views of the fascinating eroding cliff arches around Diamond Head are possible in the southern section of the walk. Ensure your safety by keeping to the track. Allow 2 hours OLD BAR WALKING TRAIL There are various entry points the main ones being behind the Old Bar air strip and between Old Bar village and Mud Bishops Reserve. There are 4km of scenic walking tracks and it is home to many bird species. Wallabies, koalas and echidnas have been sighted and during spring the wildflowers are abundant. Allow 1 hour.
Manning Valley Visitor Information Centre 21 Manning River Drive Taree North 1800 182 733 www.manningvalley.info Designed by: wellcreative.com.au
HANDY HINTS • All parks and reserves are sensitive areas • Pets are allowed only in State Forests – not in National Parks or Nature Reserves • Please take your rubbish with you • Drive carefully and keep to public roads • All vehicles including trail bikes must be registered • Many of these parks and reserves are located on unsealed roads, so please drive to conditions. • Leave everything as you find it: “Take only photos and leave only footprints.”
Featuring six must do Tourist Drives