The Golf Club Motor Inn is the ideal base from which to explore the pristine beaches and seaside villages, secluded river bends, and magnificent rainforest drives and National Park walks of the Manning Valley, there are plenty of great day trips you can make from your Wingham base. The Manning is full of hidden treasures and is the best kept secret on the eastern coast.
Further details are available from the Manning Valley Visitors Information Bureau www.manningvalley.info
The township of Wingham with its population of 5,300 people is a friendly Australian country town located in the heart of the Manning Valley. It has a strong community spirit and a long and intriguing history dating back to the 1820s when the cedar getters first came into the area and transported their timber down the Manning River.
The river wharf where to schooners and streamers transported timber and local agricultural produce to Sydney has been restored and today is a popular local swimming, fishing and boating spot.
The township itself was not settled until 1852 though it wasn’t till the 1880’s that the town really began to expand. Between 1880 and 1889 the first bank opened its doors, the two hotels were built, a post office was established and businesses such as a butcher's and general store were opened.
Wingham’s heritage is evident with its many National Trust Federation and Victorian buildings which surround the village square. The Manning Valley Historical Society has its main museum in Wingham and is well worth a visit. www.manninghistorical.org
Wingham itself is surrounded by a stunning backdrop of mountains where agriculture dairying and beef dominate the region. Wingham has many draw card attractions and events attracting people into the township – check out the events calendar.
The Wingham Brush: A popular tourist attraction from the 1880s the Wingham Brush, located beside Manning River is an oasis of subtropical lowland rainforest one of only a few remnants of this type in Australia. It is a significant roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox. Walk the boardwalks under the giant fig trees and you’ll see hundreds of flying foxes hanging above you.
There are great opportunities for photography and bird watching, and lovely places to picnic by the river nearby. Don’t miss the spectacular show at sunset each evening, when hundreds of flying foxes glide overhead in search of food. Photos courtesy of www.manningvalley.info
Wingham Museum: The Manning Valley Historical Museum is located alongside the town square at Wingham in Farquhar Street. The Museum is open 7 days a week between 10am and 4pm and houses one of the most extensive collections of historical memorabilia on the NSW North Coast.
River Activities: Water activities on the Manning River including Bass fishing, boating, skiing and swimming at the Wingham Brush where there is a boat ramp and picnic area.
Cookery School: Bent on Food Cheese making & Cookery School offers day-time and evening classes throughout the year, see cookery schedule via Bent on Foods link www.bentonfood.com
Community Markets: If you like community markets you will find one in our region every weekend. Wingham Growers market kicks the month off at the Wingham showground on the first Saturday of the month. Fresh produce including local beef, cheeses & oysters are all on offer. For a list of all the markets and local events happening during the month check the events calendar on Manning Valley Information site www.manningvalley.info
Ellenborough Falls: We are the closest Motel to the second longest single drop waterfalls in the southern hemisphere. The scenic drive to the falls takes you through the timbered country northwest of Wingham up onto the Bulga Plateau in the beautiful Manning Valley. At the falls you can walk to the Knoll for great photo opportunities and for the fit the walk down to the bottom of the falls is well worth it but remember there are 641 steps to get back up again! The drive from Wingham will take 45 minutes with 15km of unsealed road from Bobin so drive carefully.
The Bulga Plateau offers walks through magnificent forest environments, offers breathtaking views, crystal clear creeks, falls, rapids and pools. The Tourist Route 8 is a 99 km circuit drive exposing you to all that the Bulga Plateau has to offer. There are number spectacular lookouts and picnic spots along the way.
Red Tail Wines: A family owned boutique vineyard at Marlee growing Semillon, Verdelho, Colombard, Merlot and Barbera wine grapes. Located on Tourist Drive 8 - 15 minutes from Wingham on the road to Ellenborough Falls. www.redtailwines.com.au
Tinonee: One of the earliest settlements in the Manning. The Tinonee Museum offers a look back in time. The picturesque park overlooks the Manning River and this stretch of water is the focus of water skiing activities during summer on the Manning River. Don’t miss the photo opportunity at Bushy Cutting Lookout along the road to Tinonee it’s well worth the stop.
Pristine Beaches: One of Wingham's great features is that, although very much a country town, it provides easy access to the Coast and the beautiful pristine beaches of the Manning Valley. The closest Beach at Old Bar is just 25 minutes away. The beautiful beach at Black Head is a 40 minute drive is a great family venue complete with ocean swimming pool and an ideal picnic spot.
The twin seaside villages of Foster and Tuncurry are an easy 45 drive and a great location for dolphin watching.
Driving north 45 minutes will bring you to the townships of Harrington and Crowdy Head. The lookouts in both spots are not to be missed and Crowdy is a great whale watching vantage point during the season. All of these beaches provide great fishing opportunities.
Laurieton: A little further north to the township of Laurieton take the road up the North Brother Mountain inside the Dooragan National Park and be absolutely spellbound by the beauty of this lookout. The Watson Taylors Lake and Queens Lake meet here and enter the sea. The views are spectacular and not to be missed.
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Thanks to The Legendary Pacific Coast for this photograph