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5 Reasons to Visit Manilla


Outdoor adventure awaits.

1. Paragliding


Manilla is an internationally renowned gliding, hang-gliding, paragliding and ultra light aircraft destination. Nearby Mount Borah stretches to 880m above sea level and offers excellent flying conditions and facilities.

The region is popular for both recreational and competitive gliding, and the latter peaked in 2007 when the Paragliding World Championships were held in the town. 

2. Water sports

Water sports

Manilla services some fabulous freshwater recreation destinations, including Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dam. The former adjoins the picturesque Namoi River while the latter forms part of the Manilla River, upstream from town.

The sites are perfect for water skiing, kayaking, freshwater fishing and picnicking.

3. Warrabah National Park

Warrabah National Park

One of the few inland river parks in NSW, Warrabah National Park, just east of Manilla, is a beautiful, tranquil area atop the spectacular Namoi River. The park is home to over 14km of the river, which cuts a dramatic gorge.

Deep, calm pools are perfect for swimming, and are surrounded by giant granite boulders. For those who prefer a faster pace, river rapids offer the promise of thrilling adventures for canoeists.

4. Heritage buildings and streets

Heritage buildings

Manilla is a rich agricultural centre, whose fertile surrounds have been farmed since the 1860s. Its main street is lined with beautiful heritage buildings that whisper of this early settlement, and form a major draw card for visitors.

5. Unique accommodation

Abbey on Rowan B&B

For charming, truly unique accommodation in the Tamworth region, look no further than Abbey on Rowan. Set in a restored, turn-of-the-century convent within an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens, this is a bed and breakfast full of character and warmth.

Each of the three rooms available for rent are beautifully furnished in period items and decorated in keeping with the building’s heritage as a convent. The convent is set amidst an acre of landscaped gardens.

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