Manilla is a quiet rural service centre at the junction of the Namoi and Manilla Rivers.
The population of Manilla is 2,508 of which 50.8% are females and 49.2% are males. Manilla has a population of 284 (11.3%) Indigenous people and the median age is 45.
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 is a small NSW town located at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi rivers on Fossickers Way. It is 45 km (40 minutes) northwest of Tamworth.
Manilla has become famous throughout the world as a major sports flying centre supporting hang gliding, paragliding, ultralight aircraft, gyrocopters and gliders (sailplanes) and it boasts nearby Mt Borah as one of the world’s best paraglider and hang glider launch sites.
The closest regional airport is Tamworth Airport (just under 40 minutes to the southeast. Qantaslink provides daily return flights from Tamworth to Sydney, Jetgo provides 8 weekly return flights from Tamworth to Brisbane, except for Tuesday and Saturdays and Virgin Australia also provides daily return flights from Tamworth to Sydney, except for Saturdays.
There is the XPT Trainlink that has one return daily trip from Tamworth to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Manilla are:
- Retail Trade
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Education and Training
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Manilla District Hospital is a 17 bed multi-purpose facility comprising of 10 aged care beds, acute medical based beds, an emergency department and maternity unit.
The hospital is serviced by admissions, hospice care unit, outpatients, community health facility as well as several outreach services that are provided to Manilla Hospital from Tamworth Hospital, including, speech pathology, audiology, pathology, radiology, mental health, palliative care paediatrics and orthopaedics.
Tamworth Hospital is the nearest regional referral hospital and is a 275 bed with a 24 hour level 5 emergency department and an 8 bed intensive care unit.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Manilla.
Rural Medical Clinic
Manilla offers occasional care, long day care and pre-school services.
Manilla has a SPAR supermarket and a number of unique retail outlets.
The nearby major regional centre of Tamworth is the largest and main retail centre for the New England and North West Slopes regions of New South Wales. It features multiple shopping precincts and offers most of the well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W, Kmart, Target Country, Harvey Norman and numerous other retail outlets.
Places of worship located in Manilla include, Anglican, Presbyterian and Uniting churches.
The nearby regional centre of Tamworth offers a wide variety of additional options.
Manilla hosts annual events such as the Country Music Quest in January, the Manilla Show in February, the Manilla Vintage Machinery Group rally in June, the Manilla Campdraft in September, the VRA Manilla Antiques and Collectors Fair in October and St Michael’s Parish Fete in October.
Manilla has come to international fame as an exciting destination for sports flying, including paragliding, hang gliding and sailplane gliding and Mount Borah hosts state and national paragliding competitions every year.
The Lake Keepit Recreation Area turnoff is 30kms south west of Manilla and is appropriate for all varieties of water sport, such as waterskiing, fishing, swimming, sailing, windsurfing and power boating, and fishing boats for hire. There are children’s facilities which include a children’s pool, a BMX track, a skateboarding area and a roller-skating rink.
For the outdoor enthusiast, bushwalking, bush camping, canoeing, rock climbing, abseiling, fishing and swimming can all be pursued at Warrabah National Park (35kms north east of Manilla) on the Namoi River Road. The Upper Namoi River offers a number of large grade 3 rapids before flowing gently past the camping and picnic area at the park entrance.