Situated only 30 minutes drive north of Tamworth, Manilla offers all the charm of a small country town with the international recognition of being one of the best aero sport destinations in the world.
As one of the greatest paragliding, sky sailing and hang-gliding sites, Manilla was selected to host the 2007 World Paragliding Championships, attended by 150 pilots from 41 nations. It was first time the event had been held outside Europe. Major free-flight competitions continue to be staged annually and promise a thrilling experience for competitors and spectators alike. Visitors to Manilla can take Paragliding Licence Courses or Tandem flights with Manilla Paragliding, located on Mount Borah.
Manilla also provides visitors with the opportunity to get up close to one of Australia’s most fascinating and favourite mammals; the platypus. In the early 1900's Harry Burrell, amateur naturalist, photographer & film-maker, began his research into its biology and life habits and in 1927 he published his findings in his book, "The Platypus". His work is held at the Manilla Heritage Museum.
Manilla also boasts one of the State’s few inland river parks, Warrabah National Park, set on the western slopes of Australia’s Great Divide. The park lies on the rugged Nandewar Range and is part of a belt of granite that extends 200 kilometres from Bendemeer north to the Queensland border. The park's abundance of pools and rapids are excellent for swimming, canoeing, bushwalking and fishing.
There are a number of other excellent fishing spots where you can throw a line in to catch the Cod, Catfish and Golden Perch (yellow belly); all offerings of the Manilla River and a "hidden" spot just below the weir! Manilla can be considered an anglers dream as it has some of the best inland fishing in NSW.
For those wanting a larger pool of water, they can try either of the two nearby water storage facilities, Split Rock Dam and Lake Keepit where water sports can also be enjoyed. Accommodation is also available at both.
There is an abundance of local history in Manilla that can be found in the Manilla Heritage Museum. It provides extensive history on the district and is a must see for keen historians. The Information Centre which is situated in the shop at the front of the museum can provide you with detailed maps that take you along the heritage walk through town. It incorporates a wander past the recently restored Chinese Memorial Gardens.
For further information on Manilla:
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* Banner images on this page and Facebook pages courtesy of Di Nichols, Manilla.