Region: New South Wales
Date: 17th January 2004
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Location: Drive north from Sydney using the Pacific Highway. Or, by XPT train.
. Something to add to your itinerary when you visit Australia ...
The North Coast region of the state of New South Wales is a mecca of great river valleys and fabulous endless beaches (for over 40 years it's been a surfing paradise).
The Manning Valley (principal town, Taree) is traversed by the Manning River which flows into the sea through Australia's only river delta system. Numerous long beaches offer surfing and sunbaking and the hinterland includes Ellenborough Falls near Elands, Comboyne and Wingham Brush. The Falls are one of the highest single-drop falls (160 metres or 520 feet) in the Southern Hemisphere - there are several viewing platforms from which to view the Falls. The village of Comboyne is set in picture-postcard countryside. Wingham Brush a small setcion of endangered subtropical floodplain forest.
The Great Lakes area consists of three main lakes Myall Lake, Smith's Lake and Wallis Lake. These are contained within the 31,562 hectare Myall Lakes National Park encompassing a variety of ecosystems. What's On - and coming up in the Manning and Great Lakes 21 & 22 February - Surf Life Saving Carnival: 'Battle of the Boats' (100 to 150 competing surf boats). March 2004 - Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club Rally 4 April - Ironman Australian Triathlon April/May 2004 - Saltwater Wine Surfing Classic 13 - 14 June 2004 - Taree's Envirofair and Envirofest Stalls and activities for World Environment Day and Non Conventional Homes and Eco Tour (unique homes in the Manning, Great Lakes and Hastings areas). July 2004 - Taree Artists Inc. Annual Exhibition October - Oyster Festival
Fixtures The Manning Regional Art Gallery The Great Lakes Art Gallery. Manning Entertainment Centre Manning Valley Historical Society Museum
David. For Further Information http://www.berghouse.com/ .