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The Martin Bridge, which carries traffic over the Manning River
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Coordinates 31°54′0″S152°27′0″E / 31.90000°S 152.45000°E / -31.90000; 152.45000 Coordinates: 31°54′0″S152°27′0″E / 31.90000°S 152.45000°E / -31.90000; 152.45000
Population25,852 (2016 census) [1]
Postcode(s) 2430
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Mean max tempMean min tempAnnual rainfall
24.3 °C
76 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
1,174.9 mm
46.3 in

Taree is a town 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 almost 26,000, [1] and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the Tasman 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 railway station is on the North Coast line of the NSW TrainLink network. It is serviced by six NSW TrainLink trains daily: three heading to Sydney, another three heading North to Grafton, Casino or Brisbane. Taree is within the local government area of Mid-Coast Council, the state electorate of Myall Lakes and the Federal electorate of Lyne.

Mid North Coast Region in New South Wales, Australia

The Mid North Coast is a country region in the north-east of the state of New South Wales, Australia. The region covers the mid to north coast of the state, beginning at Seal Rocks, 275 km (171 mi) north of Sydney, and extending as far north as Woolgoolga, 562 km (349 mi) north of Sydney, a distance of roughly 400 km (250 mi).

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.



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]

<i>Ficus coronata</i> species of plant

Ficus coronata, commonly known as the sandpaper fig or creek sandpaper fig, is a species of fig tree, native to Australia. It is found along the east coast from Mackay in Central Queensland, through New South Wales and just into Victoria near Mallacoota. It grows along river banks and gullies in rainforest and open forest. Its common name is derived from its rough sandpapery leaves, which it shares with the other sandpaper figs.


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 (40 ha) 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 the early 1800s the road from Newcastle to Port Macquarie came via Gloucester and forded the river near Wingham. Boats could not go further upstream than this due to narrowing of the river and rapids. Hence a town formed at Wingham, about a day's ride from Gloucester. Timber getting, especially cedar, ensured goods were brought to Wingham and then shipped to Newcastle and beyond by boat. Coopernook similarly formed a local shipping hub. In 1844, the government of New South Wales had established Wingham as its administrative centre. When the North Coast railway line came through in 1913, [2] it ended initially at Taree. Even before the rest of the line was completed it became apparent that it was safer to send goods by rail to Newcastle and Sydney rather than hazarding the bar at the outlet to the river at Harrington where many ships had been lost. Although connected to the railway, sea transport continued to dominate along the North Coast until the 1930s. This changed when the Martin Bridge replaced the ferry across the Manning River in 1940. [2] River traffic significantly reduced after this, ensuring Taree's place as the centre of business.

Henry Flett was a Scottish-born Australian politician.

Wingham, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Wingham is a town in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia in the Mid-Coast Council area 335 kilometres (208 mi) north of Sydney. According to the 2011 census, Wingham had a population of 5,313.

North Coast railway line, New South Wales railway line in New South Wales, Australia

The North Coast Line is the primary rail route in the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of New South Wales, Australia, and forms a major part of the Sydney–Brisbane rail corridor.

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]

Presbyterian Church of Australia

The Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA) is the largest Presbyterian denomination in Australia.

Gothic Revival architecture Architectural movement

Gothic Revival is an architectural movement popular in the Western world that began in the late 1740s in England. Its momentum grew in the early 19th century, when increasingly serious and learned admirers of neo-Gothic styles sought to revive medieval Gothic architecture, in contrast to the neoclassical styles prevalent at the time. Gothic Revival draws features from the original Gothic style, including decorative patterns, finials, lancet windows, hood moulds and label stops.

Heritage listings

Taree has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Taree experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Climate Classification: Cfa). [5] Taree gets around 102.5 sunny days annually.

Humid subtropical climate category in the Köppen climate classification system

A humid subtropical climate is a zone of climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and cool to mild winters. These climates normally lie on the southeast side of all continents, generally between latitudes 25° and 40° and are located poleward from adjacent tropical climates. While many subtropical climates tend to be located at or near coastal locations, in some cases they extend inland, most notably in China and the United States, where they exhibit more pronounced seasonal variations and sharper contrasts between summer and winter, as part of a gradient between the more tropical climates of the southern coasts of these countries and the more continental climates of China and the United States’ northern and central regions.

Climate data for Taree (Robertson Street)
Record high °C (°F)42.5
Average high °C (°F)29.0
Average low °C (°F)17.6
Record low °C (°F)9.3
Average rainfall mm (inches)118.9
Average rainy days10.711.212.410.
Average afternoon relative humidity (%)61626360605954515158575958
Source: [6]


Taree Courthouse. Taree-courthouse.jpg
Taree Courthouse.
Cundletown Post Office. Cundletown Post Office 2009.jpg
Cundletown Post Office.
The old St Paul's Presbyterian Church. St-pauls-church-taree.jpg
The old St Paul's Presbyterian Church.

Of the 17,820 people resident in Taree; 3,319 worked full-time and 2,169 worked part-time. The unemployment rate is approximately double the national average. The most common industries of employment is retail, government and aged care. The median weekly household income is $719. This compares with a national average of $1,234. A plurality (35.4%) of children live in families with no one in employment. [7] 41.3% of households have a gross weekly income of less than $600; this is approximately double the national average.


In the 2016 Census, there were 25,852 people in Taree. The median age in Taree is 46. 9.1% of the population is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, with the average age amongst this group being 20. Taree has a significantly higher proportion of people aged 65+; with 25.5% of people over 65. This compares with a national average of 15.8%. 4.1% of residents are aged 85+, more than double the national average of 2.1%.

84.3% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were England 2.3%, New Zealand 0.8% and Philippines 0.4%. 90.0% of people spoke only English at home.

The most common responses for religion were Anglican 28.5%, No Religion 23.4% and Catholic 17.5%. [1]


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 Valley Anglican College, Cundletown, Taree Christian College, Kolodong, St Joseph's Primary School, and St Clare's High School.

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


Taree's Big Oyster. Big Oyster Taree.jpg
Taree's Big Oyster.
Abandoned Peters Ice Cream Factory. Peters Ice Cream Factory Taree.jpg
Abandoned Peters Ice Cream Factory.


The Manning River Times [8] is based in Taree.


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

NBN Television and Channel Seven broadcast local news bulletins at 6.00pm. Prime Television, NBN Television and WIN Television 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 (96.3FM), ABC Classic FM (98.7FM), Radio National (97.1FM) and ABC Mid North Coast (95.5FM and 756AM) [9] into Taree.

Rhema FM Manning Great Lakes broadcasts from studios in nearby Wingham and Racing Radio is also broadcast to Taree.


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 produced 1,752,000 oysters during 2013. [10] 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. It seats 505 people [11] and has previously presented artists such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, [12] the Australian Ballet [13] and Dame Joan Sutherland. [14] Local performers, including the district eisteddfod and local amateur dramatic societies, use it to provide cultural opportunities 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 has been redeveloped into a public park with outdoor stage. [15]

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 runs over three days (Friday to Sunday) and consists of over 200 races with more than 500 competitors travelling from many parts of New South Wales to compete. [16] [17]
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.

March / April

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.

Notable residents

A runner carrying the Olympic Torch through Taree for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000. Torch bearer.jpg
A runner carrying the Olympic Torch through Taree for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000.

Notable residents that were born in or have a connection with Taree include:

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