The Manning Entrance State Park is situated on the NSW Mid North Coast and comprises lands surrounding and including the Manning River's southern entrance at Old Bar. The 487 hectare site runs from Old Bar to the southern side of the Manning River's northern entrance at Manning Point and features a caravan park, primitive camping ground, sporting fields and historic airstrip. Over recent years the lands at Farquhar Spit, Old Bar Spit, Farquhar Inlet, Farquhar Spitand Manning Point have been one of the most successful breeding and fledgling sites in NSW for the Migratory and Endangered Shorebird - the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons).
Please help to protect and avoid migratory and endangered shorebird habitats
The endangered Little Tern relies on has been using Crown land north of Old Bar in the Farquhar Inlet and Manning Point areas for breeding and fledgling sites. The estuary around the Old Bar entrance and Farquhar Inlet also provides food and shelter for a variety of wetland birds and waders.
Each year between August and April, several species of Migratory and Endangered shore birds nest on our local beach and estuary areas. These areas are vital feeding refuges for Migratory birds which visit here each year from as far as Siberia. The greatest threats to these Migratory and Endangered Shorebirds (including the Little Tern) are four-wheel driving; habitat loss; domestic dogs; accidental crushing by human foot traffic; predators such as Foxes and high tides and storm events.
In order to ensure each breeding season is a success, we seek the Public's assistance to minimise disturbance to the core habitat areas between August and April (inclusive) each year. We ask that the Public:
- Please remain outside the fenced and habitat-signposted areas and greater than 20 metres away from these fence lines
- Keep dogs on a lead at all times around fenced and habitat-signposted areas, and greater than 20 metres away from these fence lines. Please walk any unleashed dog during the Bird's season south of the Old Bar SLSC. An unleashed dog has a greater chance of accidentally breaking an egg or disturbing incubating adults; and in 2016 numerous chicks and eggs were eaten/killed by domestic dogs..
- Keep dogs out of areas where ‘1080’ baiting signage is in place.
- Follow vehicle usage rules - maps and relevant documents
The foreshores of the coastal beaches and estuary provide an array of year round recreation and tourism opportunities while the protected tracts of Littoral Rainforests and other significant native vegetation provide habitat for many species of native fauna and flora.
Evidence has been captured of persons chain sawing Commonwealth protected Littoral Rainforest vegetation. Damaging Native protected Vegetation is a statutory offence, and attracts penalties and potentially prosecution. Damage of any sort to Native Vegetation in Farquhar Park will not be tolerated. The Manning Entrance State Park Trust appreciates any reports of such wrongdoing.
Over the Spring/Summer/Autumn period the State Park will be subject to surveillance operations. Breaches of compliance signage by the Public will lead to Government compliance and enforcement investigations.
Manning Entrance State Park emergencies
Manning Entrance State Park users are responsible for finding out, monitoring and understanding Bureau of Meteorology forecasts (including flood, storms, fire and tsunami) and conditions ahead of and daily during camping. This means you must maintain access to an operable radio at all times. At any time, you may be asked to leave by any number of Authorities. As a Farquhar Park user it is your responsibility to leave the campground safely as quickly as possible, when you are aware of hazards or when this instruction has been issued. The remote nature of Farquhar Park campground may mean you will not have access to support or retrieve means if you choose to stay beyond the time when Bureau of Meteorology warnings or requests to vacate or evacuate have been issued. Farquhar Park is particularly low lying and surrounded by bush, with limited access; therefore exit options can be extremely limited.
BBQs - electric (Manning Point and Old Bar), beach 4WD, beach and estuary fishing, caravan park (Old Bar), primitive camping ground (Farquhar Park, 4x4/boat access only), historic airstrip, picnic areas, skate park, sports fields, swimming pool.
The primitive campground at Farquhar Park has composting toilets, day shelters and tables (x2) , and hand washing water (when weather permits) and a jetty.
There is plenty to do at Manning Entrance State Park with its unspoilt beaches, bushwalking opportunities and primitive camping grounds. Have a go at tennis or kiteboarding at Old Bar or try to catch the fish of the day at either the beach or estuary area. Explore the beach by four wheel drive or check out the local cafes and restaurants for a bite to eat. Other activities include: skating, surfing, swimming, trekking.
Farquhar Park access
Farquhar Park Campground is currently accessible by both boat (estuary) and four wheel drive (beach).
The Manning Point four wheel drive access track can be closed from time to time due to safety issues arising out of natural erosion impacts from significant weather events - leaving a receding and very steep dune face. The community will be advised of any closures by media, or by obtaining current Farquhar Park access information from visiting the MidCoast Council website.
Boat access to and from the Farquhar Park Campground is recommended at high tide only. Farquhar Park campers and day users are responsible for knowing the limits of their skills and boat, and for navigating safely.
Interference with closure, signage or surveillance measures will result in swift compliance and law enforcement actions.
To drive on beaches in the Manning Valley and Great Lakes, you must obtain a beach permit from MidCoast Council. By obtaining a permit you are also agreeing to comply with rules regarding where and when you can access the beach. You can find all the information in regards to obtaining a permit, the policy and guidelines http://taree.cc/play/beaches/vehicle-access-to-beaches
Farquhar Park usage
Park fire ban
During the Bush Fire Danger Period (from 1 September 2017 through to 31 March 2018) a Park Fire Ban is annually in place within all areas of the Manning Entrance State Park – this includes Farquhar Park Campground.
A Park Fire Ban:
- Prohibits all campfires and wood fires, and solid Fuel BBQs at any time.
- Allows gas or fuel cooking equipment to be used, but must be elevated off the ground when in use; and used only in an area clear of all combustible material for 2 metres except during a Total Fire Ban (it is your responsibility to know when a Total Fire Ban is in place).
- During a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire. Refer to the NSW Rural Fire Service website for additional information.
Areas of Manning Entrance State Park are difficult to access in the event of fires, therefore surveillance and legal enforcement of the Park Fire Ban will be carried out when and where required. People using prohibited fires during this time may be subject to swift enforcement investigations and actions. Fires left unattended, can attract further penalties under the Rural Fires Act NSW (1997).
Fires at any other times outside of the Bush Fire Danger Period, and outside of Total Fire Bans
No ground fires or fires in pits on the ground are allowed at any time.
For park users wanting to have small fires outside of the Bush Fire Danger Period and outside of Total Fire Bans, park users can use (and must bring their own):
- Elevated fire drum
- Sustainably harvested firewood
- Ignition sources (non-petroleum
Park users are reminded of their obligation to not remove or interfere with native vegetation within or from the State Park – this includes no removal or interference of native vegetation in the State Park for fire wood or camping structures. Offences of this nature will be swiftly investigated and can result in law enforcement action.
Large areas of the Farquhar Park Campground are Nationally and State Protected Rainforest or Marine Vegetation. Interference with native vegetation may attract penalties under the Crown Lands Act 1989 (NSW) or other legislation.
No domestic pets
No domestic pets are permitted in Farquhar Park Campground at any time. This is to help keep the peace and hygiene of the campground, but most importantly to avoid any such disturbance to native animals and their habitats.
When Feral Animal baiting (1080) is in operation, baits will easily kill a domestic cat or dog - with these pets are highly susceptible to poisoning. A further impact on domestic pets can be secondary poisoning, where domestic animals eating poisoned carcases. To avoid death of your domestic animals do not bring your pets to Farquhar Campground at any time.
Any domestic animal found in Farquhar Campground will be reported to or impounded by Council Rangers/facilities; and a penalty will be swiftly issued to any identified domestic animal owner.
Use of Chainsaws within Farquhar Park is not permitted.
Rubbish and Waste
There are no bins provided in the Park, so be sure to take bags/bins with you to take out. Leaving rubbish behind or dumping of rubbish in the Farquhar Park campground is an offence that can be followed up with investigation and law enforcement actions.
Leaving your rubbish behind negatively affects other campground users.
No parties - quiet use of Farquhar Park campground only
The Farquhar Park Campground location and setting is a unique opportunity to enjoy nature in a quiet and non-invasive way, observing the array of local wildlife in the bush, at the estuary and along the coast.
No large social gatherings or parties are allowed at this Campground. Music volume must be kept such that it is audible only within your campsite area.
No generators are allowed within this campground.
Families frequent this Campground and seek quiet use and enjoyment. Please respect other users and the environment in your visitation to or camping in the Farquhar Park Campground.
Other information can be obtained by contacting the NSW Department of Industry - Lands & Forestry on 1300-886-235 or MidCoast Council on (02) 6592-5399, or by visiting http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Contact
Camping at Farquhar Park Campground
There are 25 primitive camping ground sites located at Farquhar Park campground. Sites cannot currently be booked in advance.
Check in time is 12.00 pm. Check out time is 11.00am.
Each campsite is 8 metres x 8 metres. Campsites are not yet marked, however the formal Campground Caretakers (Taree Indigenous Development & Employment, Rangers) will help you identify where you can camp, if required. Please be courteous by keeping your camp within your paid campsite.
No camping is allowed within 10 metres of any toilet or day shelter building, including water tanks.
Camping fees at Farquhar Park are:
- $25 (four person inclusive) per night per site, and
- $10 per additional adult (16+ years) per night per site, and
- $5 per additional child (5 – 15 years) per night per site.
- Infants camp for free (0-4 years)
Camping Fee Payment
Cash can be paid to the contracted drop-in Campground Caretakers (Taree Indigenous Development & Employment, Rangers). Please attempt to have the correct amount of monies owing for your camp fees, to make the Caretakers job easier.
Alternatively, a bank deposit can be made to the Manning Entrance State Park Trust account.
For both forms of payment, a receipt will be issued to you by a Campground Caretaker – which must be kept at your campsite and available for inspection by the Caretakers or NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Forestry staff at any time.
Collection of your information remains confidential within the Manning Entrance State Park Trust and NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Forestry, and its Contractors. If you do not have/keep a record your receipt, you will be at risk of being asked to leave the campsite immediately.
Bank deposit details:
Account: Manning Entrance State Park Trust
Essential reference: “Camping [Surname, Suburb]”
Manning Entrance State Park is located on the Mid North Coast of NSW, about a 3.5 hour drive north of Sydney and about 2 hours from Newcastle. The park is generally north of the popular seaside village of Old Bar. The nearest regional centre is Taree.
Take the Old Bar exit off the Pacific Highway at the Taree interchange and proceed east along Old Bar Road to Old Bar where the southern section of the park is accessed. To access the northern end of the park (Manning Point or Farquhar Park) turn left off Old Bar Road at the Manning Point Road intersection about 8 kilometres from Pacific Highway turnoff. Proceed north along Manning Point Road to the village of Manning Point where vehicular access to the beach is available through Vic Shoesmith Reserve. Farquhar Park is accessed by travelling south along the beach to the southern entrance of the Manning River. Transport: There is no public transport to the Park, although private bus companies run services between Taree and Old Bar.