Taree, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Pacific Hwy bridge Taree.jpg
The Martin Bridge, which carries traffic over the Manning River
Taree is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°54′0″S 152°27′0″E / 31.90000°S 152.45000°E / -31.90000; 152.45000Coordinates: 31°54′0″S 152°27′0″E / 31.90000°S 152.45000°E / -31.90000; 152.45000
Population 17,820 (2011 census)[1]
Established 1831
Postcode(s) 2430
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
LGA(s) City of Greater Taree
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
24.3 °C
76 °F
12.0 °C
54 °F
1,174.9 mm
46.3 in

Taree is a town on the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, Australia. Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter.[2] Since then Taree has grown to a population of around 20,000 people and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the sea coast, and 317 km north of Sydney.[2] Taree can be reached by train via the North Coast Railway, and by the Pacific Highway.

Taree is within the local government area of the City of Greater Taree, the state electorate of Myall Lakes and the Federal electorate of Lyne.


The old St Paul's Presbyterian Church.
For the personal name, see Taree (disambiguation).

The name Taree is derived from "tareebit" the local native Biripi word meaning tree by the river, or more specifically, the Sandpaper Fig (Ficus coronata).[2]


Taree was laid out as a private town in 1854 by Henry Flett, the son-in-law of William Wynter who had originally settled the area in 1831. 100 acres (40 ha) had been set aside for the private township and 40 lots were initially sold. Taree was declared a municipality on 26 March 1885 and the first municipal council was elected by the residents.[3] In 1844, the government of New South Wales had established Wingham at the head of navigation of the Manning River as its administrative centre which hindered Taree becoming the major centre of the region.[2]

This changed, however, when the North Coast railway line was connected to Taree but not Wingham in 1913.[2] Although connected to the railway, sea transport continued to dominate along the North Coast until the 1930s and this acted as a brake on Taree's growth. This changed when the Martin Bridge replaced the ferry across the Manning River in 1940.[2]

The oldest surviving building in Taree is the old St Paul's Presbyterian Church, built in 1869 in the Victorian Gothic Revival style, next door to the current building, in Albert Street.[2]


Taree experiences a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Climate Classification: Cfa)[citation needed]. Taree gets around 102.5 sunny days annually.

Climate data for Taree (Robertson Street)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.5
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
Average low °C (°F) 17.6
Record low °C (°F) 9.3
Rainfall mm (inches) 118.9
Avg. rainy days 10.7 11.2 12.4 10.5 9.4 8.9 7.4 7.8 7.6 9.4 9.8 10.5 115.6
 % humidity 61 62 63 60 60 59 54 51 51 58 57 59 58
Source: [4]


There are several public schools in the Taree area including Taree Public School, Taree High School, Taree West Public School, Manning Gardens Public School, Chatham Public School, Chatham High School, and Cundletown Public School.

Private schools in and around Taree include Manning District Adventist School, Tinonee, Manning Valley Anglican College, Cundletown, Taree Christian College, Kolodong St Joseph's Primary School, and St Clare's High School.

Several post tertiary training facilities have a presence in Taree: the North Coast Institute of TAFE, Taree Community College, the Australian Technical College - Manning Valley Campus.


Taree's Big Oyster.
Abandoned Peters Ice Cream Factory.


The Manning River Times[5] is based in Taree.


All major digital-only television channels are available in Taree. The networks and the channels they broadcast are listed as follows:

NBN Television and Channel Seven broadcast local news bulletins at 6.00pm. Prime Television, NBN Television and Southern Cross Ten all maintain offices in the city.


There are four local radio stations, commercial stations 2RE and Max FM and community stations 2BOB and 2TLP.

The ABC broadcasts Triple J, ABC Classic FM, Radio National and ABC Mid North Coast[6] into Taree.

Rhema FM Manning Great Lakes broadcasts from studios in nearby Wingham and Racing Radio is also broadcast to Taree.


Nearby towns include historic Wingham, Tinonee, and the beachside town of Old Bar.

A local tourist attraction is a building called "The World's Largest Oyster", also called "The Big Oyster".[2] Big Things are a common form of tourist attraction in Australia. Like the Big Merino and Big Banana, the 'Oyster' is an artifact based on local produce; the Manning River produced 1,752,000 oysters during 2013.[7] The Big Oyster was an unsuccessful business venture, known to the locals as a 'Big Mistake', and is now home to a motor dealership.

The Manning Entertainment Centre was built in the 1980s as the cultural centre of the district. It seats 505 people[8] and has previously presented artists such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra,[9] the Australian Ballet[10] and Dame Joan Sutherland.[11] Local performers, including the district eisteddfod and local amateur dramatic societies, utilise it to provide cultural opportunities for the local community.

Located next to the Entertainment Centre and the Visitor Information Centre at the northern entrance to Taree is the Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre. This facility includes a 25 metre indoor heated pool with slippery dip and a 50 metre outdoor pool and soon after the time of opening had the second most expensive pool entrance fee in Australia, the most expensive being a pool in Perth, Western Australia. The Aquatic Centre was built in the late 1990s – early 2000s to replace the Taree Pool, which has been redeveloped into a public park with outdoor stage.[12]

The Manning Regional Art Gallery is located in a cottage style building next to Taree Public School. The art gallery hosts a changing selection of works by local artists and visiting exhibitions.

Annual events[edit]


Events in the NSW Rowing Association Annual Pointscore Rowing Regatta are held at Endeavour Place in Taree during the third week of January. This Regatta consists of over 100 races with competitors travelling from many parts of New South Wales to compete.
The Manning River Summer Festival runs throughout the month of January, incorporating the town's New Year's celebrations, a "Family Fun Day" in Queen Elizabeth Park on Australia Day, and also vide variety of cultural events.


The Easter Powerboat Classic is held on the Manning River near Queen Elizabeth Park during the Easter Long Weekend. Events start on Friday morning and feature the Stuart Doyle Cup on Saturday and the Ken Warby time trials midday Saturday and Sunday.


The Taree Gold Cup is a prestigious horse racing event held at the Bushland Drive Racecourse.


The Taree Annual Show is held the second weekend in October. It consists of a sideshow, precision driving team, rodeo events, and cattle and livestock judging.

Railway station[edit]

Station statistics
Address Olympia Street, Taree
New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 31°54′23″S 152°27′26″E / 31.906316°S 152.45712°E / -31.906316; 152.45712 (Taree Railway Station)
Line(s) North Coast line
Distance 378 km (235 mi) from Central
Structure type Ground
Platforms 1 (1 side)
Tracks 2
Other information
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Station code TRO
Owned by RailCorp
Operator NSW TrainLink
Preceding station   NSW TrainLink   Following station
towards Grafton, Casino or Brisbane
NSW TrainLink North Coast
towards Sydney

Taree railway station is on the North Coast line of the NSW TrainLink network. It is serviced by six NSW TrainLink trains daily. Three heading to Sydney, another three heading North to Grafton, Casino or Brisbane.

Platform Line Stopping pattern Notes
1 NSW TrainLink North Coast country services to Sydney, Brisbane, Casino and Grafton (1 per day)

Notable residents[edit]

A runner carrying the Olympic Torch through Taree for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000.
Taree Courthouse.

Notable residents that were born in or have a connection with Taree include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Taree (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Taree". The Age website. The Age Company Ltd. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Taree, a short factual history 1854-1954: a century of progress", Taree Centenary Celebrations Committee, 1954
  4. ^ "Taree (Robertson St)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Home page". Manning River Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Home page". ABC Mid North Coast NSW (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Parker, Sarah (5 June 2013). "Plan for future health of Manning oyster industry". Manning River Times. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.apaca.com.au/member_details/user/manning_entertainment_centre
  9. ^ http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/sydney-symphony-brings-its-magic-to-taree/2575968.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.australianballet.com.au/dancerscompany
  11. ^ http://www.manningrivertimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/taree-city-festival-celebration-of-the-talent-in-our-valley/205701.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/Page/Page.aspx?Page_id=909
  13. ^ Bolton, G. C. "Boyer, Sir Richard James Fildes (1891–1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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