Work & Live in Taree

Taree is a country town with a laid-back lifestyle. It is located on the banks of the Manning River, in the heart of the Manning Valley. Taree is a lovely place to walk, fish and cruise on the water. It is an easy 3.5 hour drive from Sydney. 

Before colonisation, many Biripi aboriginals inhabited Taree. The name Taree comes from the Biripi word tareebit. It is believed that tareebit means tree by the river, and more specifically the Sandpaper Fig tree.

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With a humid subtropical climate, Taree is warm most of the year. Because it is 16km from the coast it doesn’t get a sea breeze. That means it can get hot. During winter, it can cool down in the evenings. It also gets a fair bit of rain. This climate lends itself to farmlands. Dairy, beef, cattle and timber are important industries in the area.


The most common industries to work in are retail, government and aged care. Approximately one quarter of the town’s residents are over 65 years old. The elderly population makes for a number of work opportunities. Some popular roles include:

  • Casual home support workers
  • Supervised contact workers
  • Care managers
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Things to Do & See

People who live and work in Taree have many options for enjoying nature. Bushwalks and kayaking are popular choices. Nearby options include:

  • Brimbin Nature Reserve
  • Coopernook State Forest
  • Coocumbac Island (views from Apex Lookout)
  • Saltwater National Park
  • Crowdy Bay National Park
  • Coorabakh National Park
  • Middle Brother National Park
  • Dooragan National Park
  • Tapin Tops National Park

The town is home to the Big Oyster. This was inspired by the oysters that are farmed locally and nearby in the Great Lakes. “Big things” can be found in a number of towns in Australia. Historical buildings include St Paul’s Presbyterian Church (1869), the Taree Courthouse (1882) and Taree Railway Station (1913). Visit the Manning Regional Art Gallery to see touring and local exhibitions.

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written by alison starratt

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