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 Farquhar Inlet and Manning Point have been the most successful breeding and fledgling sites in the state for the endangered shore bird the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons).
ALERT: As a result of recent storms, Farquhar Park Campground is closed to camping and all day visitation; and Manning Point Beach is closed to 4WD access - from 3 June 2016 until further notice. Manning Point Beach and Farquhar Park Campground have been impacted by heavy coastal conditions, and are not currently safe for the above activities.
Other information can be obtained by visiting the Mid-Coast Council website or by contacting Mid-Coast Council on 6592-5399, or the NSW Department of Primary Industries - Lands 1300 886 235.
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.