things to do mitchells island

Things to do at Manning Point, Mitchells Island and Manning Valley area

Manning Point is uniquely located on a long sandy spit between the beach and ocean to the east and the Manning River to the west.

Manning Point town is still reminiscent of a quaint coastal fishing village with the main street hugging the edge of the Manning River.

Only a short walk from Ocean Shores Holiday Park is our quaint town where you can while away the hours at the local cafe and fish and chips shop, enjoy lunch at the bowling club or, cast a line from one of the wooden jetties dotting the banks of the river and catch your own.

Things to do at Manning Point

There are so many activities that can be enjoyed here at Ocean Shores Holiday Park and within a stone’s throw from our gate.

  • Cast a line and snag the ‘catch of the day’ on the Manning River or from the sand of Manning Point Beach.
  • Bring your own Kayak or canoe the gentle Manning River, or if water skiing is more your pace, carve it up.
  • Explore the scenic waterways of the Manning River in your boat and travel upstream to Coopernook and Taree and around to the Farquhar outlet near Old Bar.
  • Enjoy uncrowded waves just out the front of the Park on Manning Point Beach.
  • 4WD the 10km stretch of Manning Point Beach all the way to Farquhar Inlet.
  • Enjoy a game of social bowls at the Manning Point Bowling Club, just next door to the Park, then enjoy a hearty meal at the bistro.
  • Explore the seaside towns of Old Bar and Harrington – scroll down for more information.
  • Take a scenic drive to Taree, Forster and Tuncurry.
  • Spot the whales on their seasonal migration from Crowdy Head Light House.

Manning Point Beach

Manning Point Beach starts from the entrance of the Manning River and extends south for approximately 10 kilometres. It is within a short stroll from Ocean Shores Caravan Park through the sandy paths, dunes and coastal vegetation.

The beach starts as a low, long spit then transforms into a steep, coarse and narrow beach to Farquhar Inlet, the southern mouth of the Manning River.

There is four-wheel drive access onto the beach. Permits are issued by Mid Coast Council or can be obtained from the Bohnock bait shop.

Mitchells Island

Mitchells Island is the largest of the islands on the Manning River at approximately 130 sqm.  Access onto the island is via Manning Point Road which runs from the town of Bohnock directly to Ocean Shores Holiday Park.  On the island, there is a general grocery store which is a newsagency, cafe and fish and chip shop, and a bait shop. There is also a bowling club walking distance from the park.

Originally comprising large dairy farms, only one farm remains and Mitchells Island now consists of dense rainforest where you may even spot koalas, echidnas and wallabies.


Across the Manning River is Harrington, a sleepy fishing village. If you’re bringing your own boat, you can launch it from the Manning Point ramp and motor across for a visit.


Taree is the business centre of the area and nestled on the banks of the Manning River. It features large shopping centres, sporting and entertainment facilities, large riverside parks and a huge range of dining options.

Forster and Tuncurry

The twin towns of Forster and Tuncurry are approximately 50 minutes from Manning Point.  Spanning an area from the Great Lakes to the Manning Valley, the area is brimming with beautiful beaches, stunning waterways and lush wilderness.

Ellenborough Falls

The spectacular Ellenborough Falls is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes from Ocean Shores Holiday Park.  It is the tallest single-drop waterfall in NSW and among the tallest southern hemisphere.  You can see the falls from various viewing platforms, timbered walkways or, from the base of the falls (after you’ve descended the 641 steps).

Boogie Woogie Beach House at Old Bar

A visit to the Boogie Woogie Hotel at Old Bar is a must. With a vibrant and distinctive seaside vibe, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a scrumptious meal while listening to some local live music.

Cundletown Historical Society

Explore the dairy and farming history of the Lower Manning Valley at this historical museum. You’ll see butter churns, farming equipment, ploughs, hay rakes and many tools as well as an old house theme. 

Manning River Cruise

Take a cruise of the beautiful Manning River, one of only three true deltas in the world, and discover the history of the area while spotting our local birdlife.

Nature Walks

Mitchells Island and the surrounding area are teaming with walks to suit all levels of experience and fitness.

Old Bar Park Environmental Walk

Close to Ocean Shores Holiday Park is the Old Bar Park Environmental Walk. Starting from the Old Bar Airstrip on Old Bar Road, the walk takes approximately 2 hours and is classified as easy – moderate.

A passion project of local residents, the walk was created to enhance the once degraded walking tracks from Old Bar Park to Farquhar Inlet.  With elevated walkways and timber bridges, the tracks were created to preserve areas of local significance and protect local flora and fauna.

Harrington Forest Walk

The spectacular Harrington Rainforest walk takes you through a sub-tropical coastal rainforest that has been formed from old sand dunes. It features a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Depending on how far you progress, the walk can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours and is easy / moderate. The longer walk takes you to Harrington Lagoon or continue into Crowdy Bay National Park.

Speak to our friendly staff for more information about walks on Mitchells Island and further afield.


Old Bar Community Markets

Old Bar Markets are held on the 4th Sunday of the month on the beach promenade in Old Bar. With a laid-back, coastal atmosphere you’ll find fresh produce, bric-a-brac, plants, jewellery, homemade products, home wares and lots more.

Harrington Markets

The markets are held 4 times a year – New Years Day, Easter Monday, middle of July School Holidays and Monday of the October long weekend. The market features a wide variety of stalls selling everything from arts and crafts, clothing, plants, fresh produce and more.

Ocean Shores Holiday Park

A beachfront caravan park located on Mitchells Island on the NSW Mid Coast. 

Nestled between the ocean and river at Manning Point, Ocean Shores caravan park on the mid north coast, is a nature lover’s paradise.

On your doorstep are pristine beaches, walking trails, swimming, fishing and other water activities. From the park you can easily reach a number of National Parks or visit nearby coastal villages, farmers markets and wineries.

Holiday accommodation includes self-contained cabins and villas. Our powered campsites are suitable for tents, caravans, camper trailers and motorhomes.

Park facilities include a resort-style swimming pool, playground, jumping pillow, BBQ’s and camp kitchen.

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