Located on the Manning River, Taree is the major service centre of the Manning Valley. One of the most spectacular features of Taree are the immaculate riverside parks such as Fotheringham, Queen Elizabeth Park and Kendall Reserve. The parks are ideal for enjoying a picnic, watching the seagulls and pelicans or simply sitting and enjoying the tranquil views across the river. For those wanting to enjoy boating or fishing activities, Taree offers many boat ramps and with a large part of the Manning River declared recreational fishing haven, a fishing outing will be stimulating and rewarding. Taree is a popular stop over for those heading north from Sydney and boasts an excellent shopping centre with all the variety of larger centres for the excited shopper.