Wingham, NSW

Wingham is on Pacific Highway (A1)

Wingham Attractions

Chrissy Gollan Park

This well maintained park was originally the site of Chinese market gardens. There are lots of picnic tables and lots of grassy area for the kids to kick a ball around. There are display boards and tourist information adjacent to the parking area describing the history and sights of the Manning Valley area. Check out the quirky 'Ark Art Seat' in the park.

Located at the 'Welcome to Wingham' sign at the entrance to Wingham, on the left hand side.

Ellenborough Falls

These falls are a spectacular site falling an estimated 200 metres to the valley below. There are several viewing platforms just a few minutes walk from the car park with good views of the falls. If you are up to it, there is a timbered walkway, with 641 steps to the bottom of the falls, with rest spots along the way. Don’t forget that you have to return the same way. There is also a 10 minute walk to The Knoll where there are magnificent views looking directly across to the falls. If you want to make a day of it there are picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and a kiosk that is open on weekends.

From the 'Welcome to Wingham' sign at the entrance to the town, continue straight ahead for 500 metres then turn left at the T-intersection where it is signposted to Elands and Ellenborough Falls. Follow this narrow sealed road for 40 kilometres then turn right at the Ellenborough Falls sign. The falls picnic area is 500 metres.

Manning Valley Historical Museum

The historic building that is now the museum was once used as a grocery and produce store that carried such items as clothing, fabrics, hats, boots, ironmongery, crockery, glassware, patent medicines, wire netting, rope and saddlery. A lot of these items are on display. Tucked away in the rear of the Museum is Wingham's 19th century police cell which housed Jimmy Governor (Blacksmith) following his capture and prior to his transportation to Sydney for trial and execution. The museum is opposite Central Park and this park is surrounded on four sides by historic buildings plus there is a large log that is worth checking out.

From the 'Welcome to Wingham sigh at the entrance to the town, travel 500 metres then turn right at the T-intersection where it is signposted to the Historical Museum. The museum is 150 metres on the left.

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve

This reserve has as many as 195 species of native plants, including 76 species of trees and 32 different vines. The main boardwalk ‘Graham Allan Walk’, starts in Farquhar Street. As you stroll along the boardwalk, you will come to an intersection where you can go left which will take you to Isabella Street or go right where you will pass the lagoon and onto the Mick Tuck Reserve. There is a small circular boardwalk off the main boardwalk called the 'Flying Fox Circuit.' This leads through an area that has a large population of Grey-Headed Flying Foxes. It would be wise to wear an old broad brimmed hat for obvious reasons, as there are literally hundreds and hundreds of bats in the reserve. There are also a number of Brush Turkeys clearly evident in the reserve by the presence of their nest mounds. Dogs are not permitted in the reserve.

When you reach the 'Welcome to Wingham' sign at the entrance to Wingham (coming from Taree ), continue straight ahead for 500 metres, turn left onto Farquhar Street. The entrance and parking area is 300 metres on the left.

Wingham Central Park

This is a large open space right in the heart of Wingham. It has a cricket pitch plus seating and picnic tables around the perimeter for spectators. There is a de Haviland Vampire on a pole at the western side of the park (opposite the RSL Club) and at the northeastern side of the park is 'The Log', which serves to remind the townsfolk of the timber felling history of the area. The park also has children’s playground equipment, a drinking fountain commemorating the installation of mains water in the town and a small ornamental garden.

From the 'Welcome to Wingham' sign at the entrance to Wingham continue straight ahead for 350 metres then turn right onto Isabella Street which is at the southern end of the park. There is a parking space for a caravan immediately as you turn into Isabella Street. From there it is a short walk to all the shops, RSL Club and Hotel.

Wingham Heritage Walk

This walk circumnavigated Central Park. Start the walk from the Manning Valley Historical Museum which is on the corner of Farquhar Street and Bent Street. Head south along Farquhar Street and you will come to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Turn left into Wynter Street and you will come to the School of Arts building (1907), which now houses the library and council offices, the post office (1884) and the WIngham Primary School. Turn left into Isabella Street the Wingham Hotel or 'Bottom Pub' is on the corner. This building was erected in the 1880s although the main section was rebuilt in 1926. Continuing along Isabella Street you will come to the National Bank of Australia (1880) which was originally the Commercial Bank. Turn left onto Bent Street and you will come to the Maitlands Buildings (1931), the Bank Guest House (1929) and the Australian Hotel (1889) or 'Top Pub' as it is known locally. You are now back to where you started.

Continue east along Isabella St. To the right is the 'Brush School' which was established in 1864, serving as both primary and secondary school.

This page last reviewed on 2 Dec 2016