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Manilla

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New England/Northwest | North Eastern NSW

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.

B Grouping
RA3 / MM5

Location

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.

How to get there

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.

Population

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.

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Health One Manilla
  • Rural Medical Clinic

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Manilla are: hospitals, combined primary and secondary education, retail, coal mining and beef cattle farming.
  • Education

Manilla has one public school and a private primary school:
  • Childcare

Manilla offers occasional care, long day care and pre-school services for young children.
  • Shopping

Manilla has a SPAR supermarket and a number of smaller retail outlets. The nearby major regional centre of Tamworth offers multiple shopping precincts and with many well-known national chains including Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, Big W, Kmart, Target Country, Harvey Norman and numerous other specialty stores.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Manilla include Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic churches. The nearby regional centre of Tamworth offers additional options including a Muslim community hall.
  • Points of interest

In addition to gliding sports, water sports are popular around Manilla with Warrabah National Park, Manilla Weir, Manilla Ski Gardens, Split Rock Dam and Lake Keepit being destinations for fishing, swimming, waterskiing and other activities. Manilla hosts a range of annual events including the Country Music Quest, the Manilla Show, the Manilla Campdraft and the Manilla Antiques and Collectors Fair.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Manilla including tennis, golf, paragliding, taekwondo, bowls, fishing rugby league. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tamworth Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

In Manilla community groups and volunteer organisations include Manilla Lions Club, Rotary Club of Manilla, Manilla and District Country Music Association, Manilla Art & Craft Society, SES and Rural Fire Service. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Tamworth Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in Manilla. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Manilla NSW What's OnTamworth Regional Council and Manilla NSW Social Snaps.