A 20 min drive will take you to Taree, centre of the Manning Valley. Highlights include beautiful riverside parks, Manning Regional Art Gallery, and of course shopping, with all the variety of larger centres.
On to Wingham, and Wingham Brush, 10 hectares of sub-tropical floodplain rainforest. Giant Moreton Bay Figs, Strangler Figs, and flying foxes dominate the Brush along with birds and native marsupials. Close by are Ellenborough Falls. The largest single drop in the southern hemisphere, the falls are simply stunning.