Taree is a town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales by the beautiful Manning Valley
In 2011 the population of Taree was 15,848 of which 52.8% are Female and 47.2% Male. Taree has a population of 1,363 (8.6%) Indigenous people and the median age for Taree is 44.
Taree’s location on the Manning River in the beautiful Manning Valley makes it a great position to explore the area’s golden beaches and lush rainforests. Taree is located 310 km from Sydney, 670 km from Brisbane and just under an hour’s drive to Port Macquarie
Taree Airport is 5km from Taree’s town centre. Regional Express services the airport with direct flights to and from Sydney and Newcastle.
A larger airport to Taree is Port Macquarie Airport which is an 85.6 km drive offering daily flights from Port Macquarie to Sydney with Qantaslink. Virgin Australia offers daily flights from Port Macquarie to Sydney and Brisbane.
There is also a North Coast XPT Train service which travels from Brisbane to Sydney and back on a daily basis, stopping at Taree
The major sources of employment in Taree are
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Education and Training
Manning Base Hospital is a major regional hospital in Taree. The hospital itself has 160 beds, a four bed ICU and six bed Cardiac Care Unit, with an adjacent six bed High Dependency Unit. The hospital has an Emergency Department that sees about 25,000 presentations per year, and medical, surgical and children’s wards. There is a co-located mental health unit and a community health unit.
Manning Base Hospital is a teaching hospital for the Joint Medical Program (JMP), based at University of New England which commenced training undergraduate medical students in 2008. Mayo Private Hospital is an 81-bed acute medical, surgical, rehabilitation and mental health facility located in Taree and offers a comprehensive range of specialities supported by the latest technology and nursing expertise.
Mayo Private has the only private, inpatient mental health unit between Newcastle and Coffs Harbour on the mid north coast of NSW. The Unit offers inpatient and day mental health programs.
There are five general practice facilities in Taree.
Within the Taree region there are two public and two private primary schools, one public and one private secondary school and a Tertiary College.
For young families the Taree region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school age, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school. For more information on childcare options within Taree, please click here
Taree features two main shopping centres which incorporate most of the well-known national chains such as Woolworths, Big W, Katies, Noni B, Millers, Strandbags as well as cafés, eateries and restaurants, as well as many more speciality shops.
There are many places of worship in Taree including Anglican, Assembles of God, Baptist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Christian Hope Centre, Grassroots Church, Jehovah’s Witness, Methodist, One Life Church, Presbyterian, River City Church, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting.
As a regional centre there is a lot on offer in Taree including sporting and recreational clubs, cinemas and shopping as well as music, arts and cultural events, food festivals, art festivals and more.
Taree is a great place to stroll along the magnificent beaches, walk through beautiful rainforests, as well as magnificent views over the remnants of ancient volcanoes dotting the landscape, including the Big Nellie, Fat Nellie and Little Nellie. It has sensational ocean panoramas and is a great spot for whale-watching when in season and there are many beautiful natural attractions and scenic drives, such as, Coorabakh National Park, Tapin Tops National Park and Ellenborough Falls.
For water enthusiasts, there is recreational fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming activities. Taree also boasts Museums, Performing Arts Theatre and Art Galleries catering from traditional to contemporary.