Located on the banks of the Manning River, it is the principal city of the region. The name Taree is taken from the aboriginal word 'tarrebit' meaning 'wild fig fruit' or 'fruit of the wild fig'. John Oxley was the first European to cross the Manning River in 1818 and he also named the settlement of Harrington at the river's northern mouth. As at 1829 Taree was the northern limit of the settlement on the colony of New South Wales. Originally the town was laid out as a private town by Henry Flett in 1854 and became a municipality in 1885
This area contains the following sites. All are links to Maps, Species Lists and Images of both the common and unusual species occuring at each.
- Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve --- Species List and Images
- Queen Elizabeth Park --- Species List and Images
- Browns Creek and The Bicentennial Gardens Taree --- Species List and Images
Coocumbac Island Nature Reserve
Please click on the following Coocumbac link which contains details of the Island.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Located in the town center this park contains the War Memorial and the main Clock Tower. The species list for this park also contains the flora for the adjoining Fotheringham Park. The Queen Elizabeth Park runs most of the length of the fore shore area along the banks of the Manning River. In the north it links up to the Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens.
Browns Creek and The Bicentennial Gardens Taree
Situated about 500 meters north of the center of Taree at the mouth of Brown's Creek (originally called Crooked Creek), are The Bicentennial Gardens which contains an interesting mix of Native and Exotic flora. Very little has been documented about this reserve but I believe it was created in the Bicentennial year of 1988 and appears to be under the control of Greater Taree Council. Most of the original plantings have not survived but have been replaced with an interesting mix of Native Rainforest species. Brown's Creek continues westwards through mainly Mangrove Swamp and Parkland's.