Gloucester swimming – Manning River

The Manning River is the longest river in the Manning catchment with its source high in the Barrington Tops plateau. It passes through rugged wilderness & hidden valleys, past national parks & remote farming communities before becoming a significant regional river. It flows full but calmly past historic townships & the regional city of Taree in the verdant Manning Valley. The waters of Barrington Tops carried by the Manning River then thread through Australia’s only true river delta system to finally join the Pacific Ocean at Harrington.

The Manning River descends 1,500 metres over its 201 kilometres. Around the Gloucester region you’ll find family-friendly swimming at several campgrounds located alongside the Manning River.

For easy summertime swimming on the Manning River, try:

a) Gummi Falls Campground in Barrington Tops State Conservation Area (on Bullock Brush Trail off Tubrabucca Rd)
b) Manning River Camping Area in Barrington Tops State Forest (off Pheasant’s Creek Rd)
c) Gloryvale Reserve camping area alongside the Manning River (on Thunderbolts Way at Tibbuc)
d) Bretti Reserve camping area where the Barnard River joins the Manning (off Thunderbolts Way at Bretti)
e) Woko Campground in Woko National Park (on Curricabark Rd off Thunderbolts Way, Woko)

For a private swimming experience on the Manning River, you can stay with Mansfield on the Manning a boutique retreat set on 16 acres of beautiful gardens overlooking the river at Tinonee.

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SAFETY TIP: The water upstream of the concrete causeways at river crossings is generally deeper & slower than the water downstream which is generally rockier & faster. But always check water levels before swimming. (see more safety tips below)

• HOW: For swimming around Gloucester & Barrington Tops pick up a swimming brochure at the Gloucester Visitor Information Centre or download the brochure here.
• COST: Free
• CONTACT: Pick up a free map at Gloucester Visitor Information Centre at 27 Denison Street. Call 6538 5252

Swimming safety tips:

Remember to always check the water for hazards and snags, especially after rainfall events.

Never ever dive into any water, unless you’re in the swimming lanes at the Olympic Pool.

Take care of slippery river stones at all our rivers & waterways, suitable aqua shoes are recommended.

Always supervise your children while swimming.

Watch out for vehicle traffic at concrete causeway river crossings.

And please take all your rubbish with you.