The Bank Guesthouse is the ideal base from which to explore the golden beaches, secluded river bends, and pristine rainforest plateaus of the Manning Valley.
Activities such as golf, bushwalking, surf schools, paragliding, horse riding, deep sea fishing, kayaking and river fishing can be arranged.
Just round the corner on Isabella St you can find the heart of town. Wingham has a selection of cafes including Bent on Food cafe & store, a specialty store featuring local and selected regional foods and offering cafe style meals and great coffee! www.bentonfood.com Further up Isabella street you will find 'Bent on Life' which sells fantastic gifts and homewares. Another fantastic cafe to check out is The Garden Grub. The Garden Grub cafe prides itself on serving organic whole food meals with a range of vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options available. Jacaranda Estate is a beautiful local vineyard and cellar door.
There are many galleries in the Manning Valley including the regional art gallery in Taree, Not A Cafe Gallery in Wingham and Artisans Retreat www.artisansretreat.com. Artisans retreat is a great place to stop for coffee and to view their beautiful wood carvings, jewellery and more.
If you like community markets then you will find one in our region every weekend. Wingham Growers market kicks the month off at the Wingham showground on the first Saturday of the month. Fresh produce including local beef, cheeses & oysters are all on offer. We keep our guests in-the-know about the local markets with our "What's on in Manning Valley" blackboard that can be found in our dining room. Manning Valley Information Center is another great website to check out for activities and events happening in our region, you can find the link below.
Wingham is one of the original Manning Valley towns and dates from 1852. It remains an authentic country town of just 4,700 people, laid out around a village Common and running down to a restored river wharf from schooners and steamers transported the rich local agricultural produce to Sydney. The Bank Guesthouse is located in the heart of this historical town, facing onto the Common. Agriculture, particularly dairying and beef, are still the dominant surrounding land uses.
The Manning Valley Historical Society has its main museum a short walk from The Bank Guesthouse and contains an outstanding collection of items, photos and documents which fascinates young and old alike. The Historical Society has also designed a self-guided walking tour around some 20 heritage buildings and sites, which you can start from The Bank Guesthouse.
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A popular tourist attraction from the 1880s, Wingham Brush is a remnant of the vast riverine rainforest which stretched along the Manning River from Mount George to the sea. It was dedicated in 1909 for the 'Preservation of Native Flora and Public Recreation'. The Brush is a major maternity site for the Grey-headed Flying Fox. These can be seen sleeping from their roosts in magnificent Moreton Bay Fig trees via an extensive boardwalk again, just a short stroll from The Bank Guesthouse.
One of Wingham's great features is that, although very much a small country town, it provides access to some excellent beaches. The closest at just 30 minutes away, is that of Old Bar and is one of the safest family beaches. Complete with ocean swimming pool, Blackhead is just 40 minutes away. For a long walk on a stunning empty beach try Crowdy Head, a 45 minute drive north. Great fishing can be found at all these beaches.
Just a short drive from The Bank Guesthouse and you reach The Bulga, an elevated plateau still heavily forested. Attractions include Ellenborough Falls, the longest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere and the picturesque town of Comboyne. A circuit drive takes you on through to Wauchope and you can return via the coastal centres of Port Macquarie and Laurieton. Alternatively, head West and discover Gloucester , the Barrington Tops National Park and the Bushrangers Way.
Experience the natural harmony of the Manning Valley and explore one of the best-kept secrets in New South Wales. Long sandy beaches with perfect waves, broad waters of the mighty Manning River and pristine rain forests are within easy reach of The Bank Guest House. Full details are available from the Manning Valley Visitors Information Bureau: