If you own a boat, bring it along and make use of Nundoobah Retreat’s private boat ramp. Exploring the Manning by boat gives you access to a treasure trove of riverside cafes, beaches, islands and hideaway picnic and fishing spots. There are 150 km of navigable waterways.
The Manning River is the only double delta system in Australia with two river entrances; one at Harrington and the other at Old Bar. A number of rivers and creeks branch off the Manning, including the Dawson River, the Lansdowne River, Scotts Creek, Ghinni Ghinni Creek and Cattai Creek.
The Manning Valley tourist website lists many reserves and picnic areas on the river. Maurie will happily add to that list with some local ‘secrets’ and provide you with a navigation map.
You can access a number of townships and picturesque villages by boat from your Nundoobah doorstep, including Taree, Harrington, Manning Point, Croki, Coopernook, Cundletown, Tinonee, Wingham, Mitchells Island, Oxley Island and Dumaresq Island, among others.
A real favourite with Maurie and De is the trip to Manning Point by speed boat. 30 minutes worth of beautiful wide river, arriving at Manning Point Marina, followed by a brisk walk along the beach and ending with a cappuccino at the Waterbird beside the marina.
A close second is the 20 minute boat trip to the Other Side Gallery and Teahouse on Ghinni Ghinni Creek for honeycomb hotcakes and butterscotch sauce, surrounded by paintings and sculptures created by the resident artists.
The options are endless. For more information see ‘Explore the Manning Valley – on the river’.
The Manning Waterways offers great fishing, particularly for bass, bream and flathead. If you’re interested in either saltwater or freshwater fishing you will need a recreational fishing license. You can get one online at www.licence.nsw.gov.au or visit the Manning Valley tourist website for information about where to purchase one when you arrive.
Harrington in particular is a fishing paradise, offering rock and break wall fishing, or the more gentle riverside line drop. Locals claim it’s an excellent spot for jewfish, snapper, perch, bream, blackfish and whiting.
Or try your luck in the Dawson River from one of Nundoobah’s row boats. (They feature a tiny user-friendly propeller to get you home if your arms get too tired!).
Manning Valley Tackle on Manning Street in Taree is a good place to start for some local fishing knowledge. They sell gear for all levels and fishing licenses. (Ph: 6552 4161)