Old Bar, New South Wales

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Old Bar
New South Wales
Old Bar is located in New South Wales
Old Bar
Old Bar
Coordinates 31°58′S 152°35′E / 31.967°S 152.583°E / -31.967; 152.583Coordinates: 31°58′S 152°35′E / 31.967°S 152.583°E / -31.967; 152.583
Population 3,650 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2430
LGA(s) Mid-Coast Council[2]
County Gloucester[2]
Parish Bohnock[2]
State electorate(s) Myall Lakes
Federal Division(s) Lyne

Old Bar is a coastal town in New South Wales, Australia in Mid-Coast Council. It lies around 16 kilometres (10 mi) east of Taree on the Mid North Coast,[2] 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 3,650 people in the 2011 census,[1] and that of the suburb proper which includes some surrounding rural area at 4,272 people.[3] It grew rapidly during a boom in housing in 1988.[4]

Old Bar has a number of businesses and restaurants. It is a tourist town, renowned for great surfing, fishing by river, beach or rocks and various watersports.

The Taree Old Bar Surf Life Saving Club was established in 1928 and proudly patrols the beach each year. Located at the End of Old Bar Road at the main beach, the club boasts the best views in town with its classic Vic Rushby bar open every Sunday through Summer. A perfect place for members and visitors to relax by the sea.

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.[citation needed]

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,[citation needed] 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.

Old Bar Panorama


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Old Bar (UCL)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Old Bar". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Old Bar (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ 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.