Taree, New South Wales

Taree, New South Wales
New South Wales
Pacific Hwy bridge Taree.jpg
The Martin Bridge, which carries traffic over the Manning River
Taree is located in New South Wales
Population: 16,621[1]
Established: 1831
Postcode: 2430
Coordinates: 31°54′S 152°27′E / 31.9°S 152.45°E / -31.9; 152.45Coordinates: 31°54′S 152°27′E / 31.9°S 152.45°E / -31.9; 152.45
Elevation: 5 m (16 ft)
LGA: City of Greater Taree
State District: Myall Lakes
Federal Division: Lyne
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
24.3 °C
76 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
1,174.9 mm
46.3 in

Taree is a city on the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter.[2] Since then Taree has grown to a population of around 20,000 people and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the sea coast, and 317 km north of Sydney.[2] Taree can be reached by train via the North Coast Railway, and by the Pacific Highway.

Taree is within the Local Government Area of the City of Greater Taree, the state electorate of Myall Lakes and the Federal electorate of Lyne.



The name Taree is derived from "tareebit" the local native Biripi word meaning tree by the river, or more specifically, the Sandpaper Fig (Ficus coronata).[2]


The old St Paul's Presbyterian Church

Taree was laid out as a private town in 1854 by Henry Flett, the son-in-law of William Wynter who had originally settled the area in 1831. 100 acres (0.40 km2) had been set aside for the private township and 40 lots were initially sold. Taree was declared a municipality on 26 March 1885 and the first municipal council was elected by the residents.[3] In 1844, the government of New South Wales had established Wingham at the head of navigation of the Manning River as its administrative centre which hindered Taree becoming the major centre of the region.[2]

Taree Courthouse.

This changed, however, when the North Coast railway line was connected to Taree but not Wingham in 1913.[2] Although connected to the railway, sea transport continued to dominate along the North Coast until the 1930s and this acted as a brake on Taree's growth. This changed when the Martin Bridge replaced the ferry across the Manning River in 1940.[2]

The oldest surviving building in Taree is the old St Paul's Presbyterian Church, built in 1869 in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, next door to the current building, in Albert Street.[2]

Notable residents

Fred Atkins taking the Olympic Torch through Taree for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000

Many successful people have come out of Taree including poets Les Murray and Henry Kendall, Ian Moffitt (journalist and author), Troy Bayliss and Damian Cudlin (professional motorcycle racers), Danny Buderus (former Australian rugby league captain), Oenone Wood (cyclist), Jade North (Socceroos, Newcastle Jets captain), Murray Doust (rower), Dr Ken Henry (Secretary to the Treasury), John H. Coates (mathematician) and Liz Hayes (Australian Television Reporter).


There are several public schools in the Taree area including Taree Public School, Taree High School, Taree West Public School, Manning Gardens Public School, Chatham Public School, Chatham High School, and Cundletown Public School.

Private schools in and around Taree include Manning District Adventist School, Tinonee, Manning River Steiner School, Manning Valley Anglican College, Cundletown, Taree Christian College, Kolodong St Joseph's Primary School, and St Clare's High School.

Several post tertiary training facilities have a presence in Taree: the North Coast Institute of TAFE, Taree Community College, the Australian Technical College - Manning Valley Campus.


The Manning River Times [1] is based in Taree.

All major television channels are available in Taree. The networks and the channels they broadcast are listed as follows:

NBN Television and Prime broadcast local news bulletins at 6.00pm. Prime Television, NBN Television and Southern Cross Ten all maintain offices in the city.

There are four local radio stations, commercial stations 2RE and Max FM and community stations 2BOB and 2TLP.

The ABC broadcasts Triple J, ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC Mid North Coast [2] into Taree, and Rhema FM Manning Great Lakes broadcasts from studios in nearby Wingham. Racing Radio is also broadcast to Taree.


Taree's Big Oyster

Nearby towns include historic Wingham, Tinonee, and the beachside town of Old Bar.

A local tourist attraction is a building called "The World's Largest Oyster", also called "The Big Oyster".[2] Big Things are a common form of tourist attraction in Australia. Like the Big Merino and Big Banana, the 'Oyster' is an artifact based on local produce; the Manning River produces some 3 and a half million oysters a year.[4] The Big Oyster was an unsuccessful business venture, known to the locals as a 'Big Mistake', and is now home to a motor dealership.

The Manning Entertainment Centre was built in the 1980s as the cultural centre of the district. Although it seats 500 people it is too small to accommodate large acts; for example the orchestra pit is not large enough for a full symphony orchestra. However a great variety of acts, including the District Eisteddfod and local amateur dramatic societies, utilise it to provide cultural outings for the local community.

Located next to the Entertainment Centre and the Visitor Information Centre at the northern entrance to Taree is the Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre. This facility includes a 25 metre indoor heated pool with slippery dip and a 50 metre outdoor pool and soon after the time of opening had the second most expensive pool entrance fee in Australia, the most expensive being a pool in Perth, Western Australia. The Aquatic Centre was built in the late 1990s – early 2000s to replace the Taree Pool, which could no longer be used for swimming. Located next to the Manning River in the centre of town, the Taree Pool had fallen into disrepair and is now condemned.

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is located in a cottage style building next to Taree Public School. The art gallery hosts a changing selection of works by local artists and visiting exhibitions.

Annual events


Events in the NSW Rowing Association Annual Pointscore Rowing Regatta are held at Endeavour Place in Taree during the third week of January. This Regatta consists of over 100 races with competitors travelling from many parts of New South Wales to compete.
The Manning River Summer Festival runs throughout the month of January, incorporating the town's New Year's celebrations, a "Family Fun Day" in Queen Elizabeth Park on Australia Day, and also vide variety of cultural events.


The Easter Powerboat Classic is held on the Manning River near Queen Elizabeth Park during the Easter Long Weekend. Events start on Friday morning and feature the Stuart Doyle Cup on Saturday and the Ken Warby time trials midday Saturday and Sunday.


The Taree Gold Cup is a prestigious horse racing event held at the Bushland Drive Racecourse.


The Taree Annual Show is held the second weekend in October. It consists of a sideshow, precision driving team, rodeo events, and cattle and livestock judging.

Railway station

CountryLink North Coast
Station code TRO
Suburb Taree
Distance from Central Station 378 km
Altitude (above sea level)  ? m
Types of stopping trains CountryLink
Number of platforms 1
Number of tracks 2
Platform arrangement Island
Type of station Ground
Ticket barriers No
Transfers available none
Disabled access Handicapped/disabled access Yes (assisted)
Station facilities

Taree railway station is on the North Coast Line of the CountryLink network. It is serviced by six CountryLink trains daily. Three heading to Sydney, another three heading North to Grafton, Casino or Brisbane.

Platform Line Stopping Pattern Notes
CR Plat 1.png
CountryLink North Coast country services to Sydney, Brisbane, Casino and Grafton (1 per day)

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Taree (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2001 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2001&areacode=UCL172600&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Taree". The Age website. The Age Company Ltd.. 2007-08-16. http://www.theage.com.au/news/new-south-wales/taree/2005/02/17/1108500199414.html. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Taree, a short factual history 1854-1954: a century of progress", Taree Centenary Celebrations Committee, 1954
  4. ^ Oyster Farmers Association

External links

Preceding station   CountryLink Services   Following station
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
CountryLink North Coast
towards Sydney

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