How to get to Old Bar & Manning Point by car, train, coach or plane.

By car

Getting to the coastal villages of Old Bar and Manning Point is easy, follow the signs and you can’t miss them.

Old Bar Road
From the Taree exit ramp on the Pacific Highway simply take Old Bar Road. The journey to Old Bar is 11 km and takes about 10 minutes. You can also access Wallabi Point and Saltwater National Park, follow the signs from Old Bar Road.

Manning Point Road

If you’re heading to Manning Point, turn left from Old Bar Road into Manning Point Road, the journey is 26 km from the Taree exit ramp and takes about 20 minutes. Be careful of the many sharp turns on this road as it crosses Oxley Island and Mitchells Island.

By train

The nearest railway station is Taree which is on the main northern rail line from Sydney to Brisbane so it’s easy to get there by train. There are several XPT trains per day in both directions.

Download the train and coach timetable here.

Add a further 6 km (about 10 minutes) to Taree railway station from the highway exit distances at Old Bar Road.

XPT train – Northbound daily:

Northbound To Casino (Service #033) / To Grafton (Service #035) / To Brisbane (Service #031)

  • Sydney Central 07.08 / 11.41 / 14.41
  • Broadmeadow 09.33 / 14.04 / 17.04
  • Dungog 10.43 / 15.15 / 18.11
  • Gloucester 11.37 / 16.22 / 19.04
  • Wingham 12.27 / 17.12 / 19.53
  • Taree 12.40 / 17.25 / 20.08

XPT train – Southbound daily:

Southbound From Grafton (Service #036) / From Brisbane (Service #032) / From Casino (Service #034)

  • Taree 09.52 / 14.41 / 01.31
  • Wingham 10.06 / 14.55 / 01.44
  • Gloucester 10.56 / 15.44 / 02.33
  • Dungog 12.06 / 16.38 / 03.25
  • Broadmeadow 13.19 / 17.52 / 04.28
  • Sydney Central 15.44 / 20.12 / 06.50

By coach

Private bus companies service this region. Download the timetable here for these routes:

  • Route 309: Taree to Forster via Black Head and Diamond Beach
  • Route 310: Taree to Forster
  • Route 314: Taree to Old Bar
  • Route 315: Taree to Manning Point
  • Route 319: Taree to Wingham
  • Route 320: Taree to Harrington
  • Route 321: Lansdowne to Taree

Download the train and coach timetable here.

Coach northbound – Broadmeadow to Taree (Service #135)

  • Connecting train from Sydney Central (service 2157) departs 15.15
  • Coach departs Broadmeadow railway station 18.00
  • Stroud 19.00
  • Gloucester Town (Denison Street coach terminal) 19.42
  • Wingham Town 20.40
  • Taree railway station 20.52

Coach southbound – Taree to Broadmeadow: (Service #136)

  • Departs Taree railway station 06.00
  • Wingham Town 06.12
  • Gloucester Town (Denison Street coach terminal) 07.07
  • Stroud 07.47
  • Broadmeadow railway station 09.07
  • Connecting train to Sydney from Broadmeadow (service 2138) 09.30 (09.49 pub hols)

By plane

The nearest public airport is Taree airport, servicing Regional Express (REX) with flights to/from Grafton and Sydney. Add a further 14 km (about 15 minutes) to the above car distances from the Taree exit ramp point at Old Bar Road.

The next-nearest is Port Macquarie airport servicing Qantaslink and Alliance Airlines with flights across Australia. Add a further 83 km (about 55 minutes) to the above car distances from the Taree exit ramp point at Old Bar Road.