An attractive township on the upper reaches of the Manning River, the charming, peaceful 'old world' country town of Wingham is the oldest town in the Manning Valley.
Wingham has a population of 5,313 and is comprised of approximately 52.2% females and 47.8% males. It has an indigenous population of 216 (4.1%) and the median age is 45.
Wingham is located in the Hunter, New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECCPHN). This fact sheet provides an overview of the community profile for the Greater Taree Local Government Area.
Wingham is town in the Mid North Coast region of NSW in the city of the Greater Taree and located 331km north-east of Sydney and 13km north west of Taree.
Wingham is a charming and peaceful ‘old world’ country town on the upper reaches of the Manning River, which has remained largely unchanged by the tourism which has affected the townships of the nearby coastline. The riverside location makes Wingham a popular venue for boating, canoeing, swimming, fishing and water skiing.
The closest airport from Wingham is Taree Airport, which is a 13 minute drive. Regional Express Airlines (REX) services the airport with direct flights to and from Sydney and Newcastle.
Wingham lies on the North Coast railway line, and is served by daily return NSW TrainLink services to Sydney.
The major sources of employment in Scone are:
- Health care and social assistance
- Retail trade
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
Wingham Community Hospital is a 24 hour sub-acute rehabilitation unit providing services, such as, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, social work, medical assessment and management as well as providing an outpatient service for allied health assessment and therapy.
A hydrotherapy pool treatment is provided that includes allied health physiotherapy programs, exercise programs and groups.
A major regional hospital, Manning Base Hospital, is just 15 minutes away in Taree. The hospital itself has 160 beds, a 4 bed ICU and 6 bed Cardiac Care Unit, with an adjacent 6 bed High Dependency Unit. There is an Emergency Department, with 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.
The closest NSW ambulance service is located 12.1kms away in the nearby town of Taree.
There are two general practice facilities in Wingham and numerous more in the adjacent regional town of Taree.
No accommodation available.
Wingham offers young families a few options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for family day care, long day care and preschool. For more information on child care facilities, please click here.
Wingham has a small shopping plaza including a Coles and numerous boutique retail stores.
Much more extensive shopping opportunities are available in the adjacent large town of Taree. As a regional centre Taree is a shopper’s delight. Taree Central shopping centre and Manning Mall incorporate most of the well-known national chains, Woolworths, Big W, Katies, Noni B, Millers, Strandbags and Woolworths as well as boasting cafés, eateries and restaurants, gift and homeware shops, health and beauty shops, as well as many more speciality shops within the complex.
Taree also boosts a wide hub of retail outlets, shopping centres, market places and where you will find everything from Coles, Target, florists, stylish boutiques, homewares, health and nutrition, bakeries, electronic, cafes and a wide range of dining opportunities.
There are a number of places of worship located in Wingham including, but not limited to, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian with many more in the adjacent town of Taree.
Wingham is a lovely historic timber town on the Manning River. It has an English-style village green surrounded by National Trust-listed Federation buildings. The countryside around Wingham is simply beautiful, with rich farmland amidst rolling green hills. There are several artists’ retreats nearby and access to the delights of the Manning Valley such as Ellenborough Falls, and the quaint villages of Elands and Comboyne. Wingham Brush Nature Reserve is home to a colony of endangered flying foxes.
The adjacent regional centre of Taree also has a lot to offer, ranging from sporting and recreational clubs to cinemas and shopping, to music, arts and cultural events, food festivals, art festivals and more.