Located 45km north east of Tamworth, Manilla is a charming and picturesque country town with a number of secrets to share. The town’s position at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi Rivers saw it begin life as a camping ground for teamsters and bullock wagons, with the rivers today a central feature in the town’s character. In fact, Manilla is a Gamilaraay word meaning ‘winding river’. There are countless things to see and adventures to be had in this pocket of country NSW, so venture out of town today.
Wander down Manilla’s handsome main street and appreciate the display of period architecture, from Victorian and Art Deco facades, to leadlight windows, wrought iron balconies and ornate verandas. The town also boasts the Manilla Heritage Museum and two studio art galleries, in which the exciting works of five practicing artists are displayed.
Manilla is internationally recognised as a destination for aero sports, with Mount Borah hosting the State and National competitions annually. However, water sports are also popular here, with Split Rock Dam and Lake Keepit popular with adrenaline seekers.
Dining and accommodation options complete the picture, with Manilla guaranteed to have something to enchant every traveller. At a day’s drive from Sydney and Brisbane, there’s so much to discover charming town.