Welcome to the Tamworth Region
A place of old things
Escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday, and step back in time in charming Manilla. Having preserved its early beginnings, the town invites visitors to get a taste of bygone eras.
Manilla’s main street is a fascinating display of period architecture – Victorian and art deco facades, leadlight windows, wrought-iron balconies and ornate verandas. The historic bank, bakery, general store and newspaper shop-fronts on Manilla’s main street will take you on a journey through the town’s architectural history as you explore the many gift, boutique and coffee shops.
Manilla grew from a camping ground for teamsters and bullock wagons at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi rivers, who stayed there before continuing their journeys carrying supplies to outlying cattle stations.
Manilla is a Gamilaraay word meaning ‘hunting ground winding river’, and the rivers are central to the character of the town. They make fantastic playgrounds for fishing, boating and camping.
Manilla has come to international fame as an exciting destination for sports flying, including paragliding, hang gliding and sailplane gliding. Mount Borah hosts state and national paragliding competitions every year and, in 2007, hosted the first Paragliding World Championship outside Europe.
Download a map of Manilla (PDF 3.6MB), or pick one up at one of our regional Visitor Information Outlets.
Top Five Experiences
Explore Manilla’s rich heritage in a visit to the Manilla Heritage Museum
. The museum and adjoining collections in the Rural Machinery Museum
and Royce Cottage paint a picture of the development of the village and its intriguing history.
- You won’t be able to go past Manilla’s famed antiques and old-wares stores, browse through an array of treasures at Manallae Collectables and Dingley Dells Uniques
- Savour delicious treats at quaint cafes as you wander Manilla Street – great coffee at Warm Discussions and Molly May’s ultimate milkshakes are a must!
- Sign up for a paragliding lesson at Mount Borah with Godfrey Weness, Australia’s most experienced pilot and world distance record holder (335km). Weness established Mount Borah as one of the world’s best and safest flying sites. If you prefer, simply watch others decorate the sky with dozens of colourful sails and enjoy the magnificent vista.
- Warrabah National Park, Manilla Weir and Manilla Ski Gardens are favourite places among locals for fishing, bushwalking and camping. Split Rock Dam and Lake Keepit are water storage areas also popular for boating and other water sports.
Learn more about Manilla
Check out our STAY and EAT pages for a list of your options on your visit to Manilla.
To find out about what's on in the Tamworth region including Manilla, check out our events listing.
If shopping is your thing, there are heaps of great places to stop by in Manilla. And don't forget the markets!
To explore Manilla further, visit the Manilla community website or pop in to the Manilla Visitor Information outlet at 197 Manilla Street, Manilla.