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Manning Entrance State Park NSW

The Manning Entrance State Park is situated on the NSW Mid North Coast and comprises lands surrounding and including the Manning River's southern entrance at Old Bar. The 487 hectare site runs from Old Bar to the southern side of the Manning River's northern entrance at Manning Point and features a caravan park, primitive camping ground, sporting fields and historic airstrip.

The foreshores of the coastal beaches and estuary provide an array of year round recreation and tourism opportunities while the protected tracts of littoral rainforests and other significant native vegetation provide habitat for many species of native fauna and flora. Over recent years the lands at Farquhar Inlet and Manning Point have been the most successful breeding and fledgling sites in the state for the endangered shore bird the Little Tern (Sterna albifrons). Download our Manning Entrance brochure (1 mb in PDF)

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There is plenty to do at Manning Entrance State Park with its unspoilt beaches, bushwalking opportunities and primitive camping grounds. Have a go at lawn bowls, tennis or kiteboarding at Old Bar or try to catch the fish of the day at either the beach or estuary area. Explore the beach by four wheel drive or check out the local cafes and restaurants for a bite to eat. Other activities include: skating, surfing, swimming, trekking.

Types of accommodation

There is NO accommodation directly operated by this state park. However there is a private operated accommodation facility called: Lanis on the beach. You can send your accommodation enquiry by click on the below button or call Lanis on: 02 6553 7274

There are primitive camping ground sites located at Farquhar Park. Sites cannot be booked in advance. Click here to find Camping fees at Farquhar Park.
For other types of accommodation, please contact Lanis on the Beach Caravan Park at Old Bar by clicking on the "make an enquiry" button at the top or bottom of this page.

How to get here

Take the Old Bar exit off the Pacific Highway at the Taree interchange and proceed east along Old Bar Road to Old Bar where the southern section of the park is accessed. To access the northern end of the park (Manning Point or Farquhar Park) turn left off Old Bar Road at the Manning Point Road intersection about 8 kilometres from Pacific Highway turnoff. Proceed north along Manning Point Road to the village of Manning Point where vehicular access to the beach is available through Vic Shoesmith Reserve. Farquhar Park is accessed by travelling south along the beach to the southern entrance of the Manning River.

Transport: There is no public transport to the Park, although private bus companies run services between Taree and Old Bar.


Bbqs - electric (Manning Point and Old Bar), beach 4WD, beach and estuary fishing, caravan park (Old Bar), primitive camping ground (Farquhar Park, 4x4/boat access only), historic airstrip, picnic areas, skate park, sports fields, swimming pool.

Flora and fauna

Manning Entrance State Park encompasses a range of vegetation communities and habitats including forests, woodlands, shrub lands and heaths as well as special environments such as coastal wetlands and littoral rainforests. The vulnerable plant Thesium australe (Austral Toadflax) has been identified in the Old Bar area. In line with the varied vegetation types there is a diverse range of fauna found with the park including many threatened species. The endangered Little Tern has been using Crown land north of Old Bar in the Farquhar Inlet and Manning Point areas for breeding and fledgling sites. The estuary around the Old Bar entrance provides food and shelter for a variety of wetland birds and waders.

Alternatively, please find other camping and caravan parks on the Manning Entrace State Park surrounded area.

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Park facilities
• BBQ• Pool
Accommodation types
• Camping primitive (no facilities)
• Beaches• Fishing• Nature, parks and wildlife
• Surfing