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. 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. Over recent years the lands at Old Bar Spit, Farquhar Inlet, Farquhar Spitand Manning Point have been one of the most successful breeding and fledgling sites in the State for the Migratory and Endangered Shorebird - the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons).
Please avoid migratory and endangered shorebird habitats
Each year between August and April, several species of Migratory and Endangered birds nest on our local beach and estuary areas. These are important 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 each year. We ask that the Public:
- Please remain outside the fenced areas and greater than 10 metres away from the fence line
- Follow vehicle usage rules - maps and relevant documents
- 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.
Over the Spring/Summer/Autumn period the State Park will be subject to surveillance operations. Breaches of compliance signage by the Public may lead to Government compliance and enforcement action.
Farquhar Park access
Farquhar Park Campground is currently only accessible by boat. The Manning Point Four Wheel drive access track is closed until further notice due to natural erosion impacts of large Winter storms - leaving a receding and very steep dune face. The community will be advised by media or by obtaining current Farquhar Park access information from visiting the MidCoast Council website.
The eroded vehicular access track will be under a "hard" closure during this time - coupled with surveillance measures - as unfortunate acts of vandalism, by unknown members of the Public deliberately damaging softer closure means, have caused public financial losses and have involved Police reports. Closure of the Manning Point beach vehicular access is being actively managed and monitored by MidCoast Council for recovery, public safety and environmental protection. Interference with closure, signage or surveillance measures will result in swift compliance and enforcement action.
Boat access to and from the Farquhar Park Campground is recommended at high tide. Farquhar Park campers and day users are responsible for knowing the limits of their skills and boat, and for navigating safely.
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 (multiply daily) during camping. This means you should maintain access to a 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 options are naturally limited.
Farquhar Park usage
Park fire ban
From 1 October 2016 a Park Fire Ban will be in place in the Manning Entrance State Park. This date represents commencement of the Bushfire Danger Period in the MidCoast Council Local Government Area.
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. Again, unfortunately, in the first week of the Park Fire Ban, numerous Farquhar Park campers ignored Park signage and information on this website - lighting campfires and wood fires - so have been spoken to directly by Department of Industry - Lands Authorised officers. A number of these Fires were left unattended, which carries additional penalties under the Rural Fires Act NSW (1997).
Park users are reminded of their obligation to not remove or interfere with native vegetation within or from the State Park. Large areas of the Farquhar Park Campground are Nationally and State Protected Rainforest or Marine Vegetation.
No domestic pets
No domestic pets are permitted in Farquhar Park Campground at any time.
There are no bins provided in the Park, so be sure to take bags/bins with you to take out. Leaving rubbish behind in the Farquhar Park campground is an offence and affects other 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 volumes 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 on 1300-886-235 or MidCoast Council on (02) 6592-5399 or by visiting http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Contact
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.
There is plenty to do at Manning Entrance State Park with its unspoilt beaches, bushwalking opportunities and primitive camping grounds. Have a go at lawn bowls, 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.
There are 25 primitive camping ground sites located at Farquhar Park. Sites cannot be booked in advance. Camping fees at Farquhar Park are $11 per night ($20 School Holidays). Cash or Cheque only. Additional person $2.50 regardless of age. Download our Farquhar Park Camping Ground brochure (Printer Friendly Version PDF 1.9 MB or Read or View Version PDF 1.9 MB)
From 1 September 2015 a Park Fire Ban will be in place in the Manning Entrance State Park. This date represents commencement of the Bushfire Danger Period in the Greater Taree City Local Government Area. Areas of Manning Entrance State Park are difficult to access in the event of Fires and therefore surveillance will be used and compliance will be enforced where required and where fire activity is detected or reported.
A Park Fire Ban:
- Prohibits all campfires and wood fires; and solid Fuel BBQs at any time.
- Allows gas cooking equipment to be used, except during a Total Fire Ban (it is your responsibility to know when a Total Fire Ban is in place). Gas cooking equipment can be used outside of a Total Fire Ban, but must elevated off the ground when in use; and only used in an area clear of all combustible material for 2 metres)
A Total Fire Ban prohibits all (fire, fuel or gas) cookers of any sort at any time during a Total Fire Ban.
For other types of accommodation, please contact Lanis on the Beach Caravan Park at Old Bar on 02 6553 7274.
Flora and fauna
Manning Entrance State Park encompasses a range of vegetation communities and habitats including forests, woodlands, shrub lands and heaths as well as special environments such as coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests. The vulnerable plant Thesium australe (Austral Toadflax) has been identified in the Old Bar area. In line with the varied vegetation types there is a diverse range of fauna found with the park including many threatened species. The endangered Little Tern 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 provides food and shelter for a variety of wetland birds and waders.
Manning Entrance State Park is located on the Mid North Coast of NSW, about a 3.5 drive north of Sydney and about 2 hours from Newcastle. The park is generally north of the popular seaside village of Old Bar. 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.