Events and Dining

old_bar_beach_festivalWhilst enjoying your stay at Nundoobah Retreat why not visit or even participate in one the the Manning Valley’s many cultural or sporting events.

Bonnie Wingham Scottish Festival
– early June
Festival highlights include: Welcome to Festival Chieftains; Masonic night (Lodge Cowper); Braveheart Poets Breakfast; CWA Shortbread Baking Competition; judging of shop window displays, bowls and golf competitions; single malt whisky night (Wingham Services Club); street parade, followed by Opening Ceremony, Highland Games, bands and dancing, Medieval Warriors in Battle (Central Park Wingham); Wee Dram Pre Ball Cocktail Party and Grand Scottish Ball (Wingham Services Club); Grand Scottish Concert (Wingham Town Hall). Wingham

– early August
The Craftathon in Taree is the biggest craft show on the Mid North Coast. Dozens of stalls, craft suppliers, exquisite craft displays and sales, workshops on the hour each day, demonstrations including fabric dyeing, spinning, silk embroidery, lace making, wood turning and 60 exhibitors from across eastern Australia all under one roof. Taree

Old Bar Beach Festival
– early October
The streets of Old Bar come alive each year with two fun-filled days celebrating their laid-back beach lifestyle and heritage. Indeed the KombiFest element of the festival captures its true spirit. Old Bar

The Manning River Summer Festival
The Manning River Summer Festival is held in January each year. The festival promotes the Manning River and the wonderful area in which we live. It is celebrated in a spectacular way on New Years Eve with fireworks, live music and other celebrations. Taree

Summertime Rough Riding Rodeo –
early January
This rodeo has prize money in excess of $8000. Enjoy saddle bronc, bareback, bull riding, steer wrestling, roping events, barrel racing, Ladies events, junior steer riding and barrel racing. Australian title holders will be competing. There will be a barbecue, hot foods, bar, refreshments available. This event is acknowledged as the best rough riding and spectator facilities on the North Coast. Wingham

The Flair Awards –
The Flair Awards is an annual festival of fashion. The centrepiece of the festival is the awards Premiere Evening flair fashion awardswhich recognises the work of talented designers throughout Australia. The Flair Awards have become one of Australia’s leading regional fashion award events. Designers, both professional and emerging, are invited to submit entries into various categories. A panel of high profile judges from within the fashion industry judge these entries. Tickets for both the Premiere Evening and the Preview Evening are available on the Flair Awards website. Taree

Wingham Akoostik Music Festival –
mid October
concertThis two-day celebration of original music performance is held in Central Park in Wingham. The Festival has pulled off a massive coup in signing adult-alternative singer Wendy Matthews as the headline act for 2010. The event is outdoor, family friendly and alcohol free and promotes original music composition from emerging and established artists, and develops the town of Wingham as a cultural place. Wingham

Wingham Big Boys Toys Show
– mid October
Cars, motorcycles, boats, archery, fishing, shooting, hot rods, trucks, tools, model trains and planes and anything in between that would interest big boys and girls will be on display at the Wingham Big Boys Toys Show. For the more adventurous there will be circle work and gymkhana style events, as well as a burnout pad for the smoke freaks. A Demolition Derby finishes off the day and there is plenty of food and drinks to keep everyone happy. Wingham
For a full list of events and more detail on those listed above, please visit the GTCC Events Calendar.


Dining Recommendations

Two Hans Japanese Restaurant in Centrepoint Arcade Taree is a must for those looking to experience Asian fusion and authentic Japanese cuisine.

The Bunker Bar & Bistro (Ph: 6559 3450) overlooks the private Championship Golf Course “Tallwoods” in Hallidays Point. About a 25 minute drive from Nundoobah, The Bunker offers a fine dining experience, with superbly-prepared food in a lovely setting. Licensed.

delicious breakfastThe Bean Bar Cafe and Restaurant (Ph: 6550 0022) on Pulteney Street (opposite the Taree Council building) overlooks Queen Elizabeth Park and the Manning River. De’s personal favourite (you will likely run into her sipping a morning coffee), the Bean Bar offers a cafe menu by day and tapas or a-la-carte by night. Licensed.

Fish Fish Fish (Ph: 6552 2116) on Victoria Street in the centre of Taree offers excellent local seafood. Eat in (BYO) or take-away and dine from your cottage’s outdoor table and chairs setting overlooking the Dawson River.

The Royal Hotel (Ph: 6552 1242) in Taree’s main street has a lovely courtyard at the back overlooking the Manning River. A great spot for a refreshing ale.

Il Colosseo (Ph: 6552 6289) is Taree’s authentic Italian restaurant. Just down the road from Fayes Twin Cinema, it’s the perfect choice for dinner before or after a movie. Relatively inexpensive food in a charming atmosphere. BYO.

Bent on Food (Ph: 6557 0727) in the heritage town of Wingham, just a 10 minute drive from Nundoobah,is a multi-award winning specialty food store and cafe. In their words, they “do a mean breakfast” as well as lunch and treats. A must if you visit Wingham.