Located at the junction of the Namoi and Manilla Rivers, the town of Manilla has been a camping ground for Aboriginal people, a base for bullock wagons and now a rural service centre for the surrounding agricultural areas.
Manilla is 47 km (40 min drive) northwest of the major regional centre of Tamworth and 450 km (5 hr 30 min drive) from Sydney.
Manilla has become a destination for hang gliding, paragliding, and sailplanes gliding, hosting state and national paragliding competitions.
The closest airport to Manilla is Tamworth Airport (40 min drive). Qantas and Virgin provide regular flights to Sydney and Jetgo provides direct flights to Brisbane.
NSW TrainLink provides a daily service to Sydney from Tamworth Railway Station.
The population of Manilla is 2500 people, their median age is 47 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 14% of the population.
Manilla is located within the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, this Health Planning Compass provides an overview of community health for the region.
Manilla Hospital is a 17-bed public hospital, including 10 aged care beds, acute care beds, an emergency department and maternity unit. Visiting services are provided to Manilla Hospital from Tamworth Hospital.
Tamworth Hospital is the nearest regional referral hospital and is a 275 bed with a 24-hour level 5 emergency department and an eight-bed intensive care unit.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Manilla.