Old Bar, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||3,358 (2006 census)|
|LGA(s)||City of Greater Taree|
|State electorate(s)||Myall Lakes|
Old Bar is a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia in the City of Greater Taree. It lies around 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Taree on the Mid North Coast, and around 315 kilometres (196 mi) north of Sydney.
Old Bar is at the mouth of the Manning River. The Manning River is a "delta" river, having more than one outlet to the ocean; one at Old Bar, and one at Harrington, 14 kilometres (9 mi) to the north. Before exiting to the ocean, the Manning River carves out several large islands, including Oxley Island and Mitchells Island.
The population of the urban centre was measured at 3,358 people in the 2006 census, and that of the suburb proper which includes some surrounding rural area at 4096 people. It grew rapidly during a boom in housing in 1988.
Old Bar has a number of businesses and restaurants. It is a tourist town, renowned for great surfing, fishing by river, beach or rocks, various watersports and its annual charity 'Bar to Bar' run, where participants begin at Old Bar Beach and run to Old Bar Tavern for festivities.
Old Bar has a small community market the fourth Sunday of each month, from 8.30 a.m. to noon.
Each September, there is a garage sale day that attracts people from far and wide with dozens of houses putting stuff out to sell.
The October Long weekend is the Old Bar Beach Festival, including many events and a World record Kombi Gathering event held every year.
Old Bar Tavern is the first stop for visitors to the Old Bar and Wallabi Point area, located between the two residential areas, Old Bar Tavern is home to the areas historical information centre and local artifact display.
Old Bar is a common place for light aircraft to land. Old Bar Heritage Airstrip is an Authorised Landing Area and is frequented by many General Aviation, along with Recreational Aviation, enthusiasts on most weekends and holidays.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2006 Census QuickStats : Old Bar (Urban Centre/Locality). Retrieved 2009-07-22
- "Old Bar". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2006 Census QuickStats : Old Bar (State Suburb). Retrieved 2009-07-22
- Dow L, Guyon D, Irving R, McPhee M, Matthews A, Prineas P, Rubinich T, Simpson J (1995). Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Australian Places. Surry Hills, NSW: Reader's Digest. p. 70. ISBN 0-86438-399-1.