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 more than 5,000 people, the median age of residents is 45 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population.
Wingham 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.
Wingham is town in the Mid North Coast region of NSW in the city of the Greater Taree and located 331 km north-east of Sydney and 13 km 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 station is located in the nearby town of Taree.
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.
More extensive shopping opportunities are available in the adjacent large town of Taree. Taree Central shopping centre and Manning Mall incorporate most of the well-known national chains, including Woolworths, Big W, Katies, Noni B, Millers and Strandbags; cafés, eateries and restaurants; gift and homeware shops; health and beauty shops; as well as many more speciality shops.
There are a number of places of worship located in Wingham including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches, with additional options available 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.