Welcome To Wingham

 

Wingham is a regional hub in the Manning Valley on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Community and business support for the township assists the town to prosper, diversify and grow.

 

Our Mission

The Wingham Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organisation dedicated to being a strong and effective advocate for the local business community. 

We will be the voice of our members and work closely with all levels of government in representing the issues of importance to our members.

Our next meeting

Executive meetings are held on 2nd Tuesday each month, 7.30am 
where all members are encouraged to attend.

Place activation meetings are held on 1st Wednesday each month, 5.30pm. 

Breakfast Networking meetings are held every quarter.

 

 

 

Community projects

The Wingham Chamber of Commerce works closely with the local community on various projects to implement and improve the overall beautification of our town. 

Things to do and see

HISTORY

Wingham Museum

Wingham Museum has been named by the Powerhouse as one of the top regional museums in NSW, with an extensive collection of rare historical items that evoke the simplicity of yesteryear.

The museum was famously opened in 1968 by Australia’s great aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, and is housed in one of Wingham’s most historically significant buildings – its first general store. The collection is lovingly curated by a team of dedicated volunteers..

Wander the two large rooms of themed displays that house antiques ranging from Gaelic bibles bought out by original Scottish settlers to rare local aboriginal artefacts and hand- carved furniture. Each display is supported by the Manning Valley Historical Society’s nationally significant photographic collection, which provides a fascinating insight into what life was really like for the pioneering men and women who chose to settle in rural towns.

 

SHOPPING

Retail Therapy

Quality clothing stores are an important part of Wingham, and cater to a broad range of tastes and fashion. Wingham also enjoys some unique and interesting antique and quirky retail outlets for that “something different” gift or souvenir.

NATURE

Wingham Brush

Wingham Brush Nature Reserve makes a great family day trip or school excursion. See flying foxes, enjoy birdwatching and easy walking in the rainforest. 

Located beside the Manning River, you’ll find an oasis of subtropical lowland rainforest at Wingham Brush Nature Reserve.

Also known as ‘The Brush’, this reserve preserves one of only a few remnants of this rare rainforest type in Australia, and is a significant roosting and maternity site for the vulnerable grey-headed flying fox. Stand under the canopy and you’ll see hundreds of flying foxes hanging above you.

 Wander along the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and follow easy walking tracks to discover the vibrant life under the canopy. There are great opportunities for photography and birdwatching, and lovely places to picnic by the river nearby.  Don’t miss the spectacular show at sunset, when all those flying foxes glide overhead in search of food.

DINING

Retail Therapy

Wingham has many cafes, bakeries and options for great food and coffee. A walk down Isabella and Bent Streets offers award-winning dining outlets for your culinary delight.

Annual events

Wingham plays host to many annual upcoming events. See Events page for further details.

CHRISTMAS STREET CARNIVAL

Every year on the 2nd Thursday of December, the Wingham Christmas Street Carnival is held in Bent St and Central Park in Wingham. This is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the year and enjoy some festivities and many activities.

Ham raffles, BBQ and community group stalls, Tug-O-War, Lucky Shopper docket draws, Carnival rides and much more are on offer each year. Santa will also be there, so there is plenty of fun for the whole family. 

AKOOSTIK Music Festival

The Akoostik Festival is here to provide, improve and promote arts activities and opportunities in the Manning Valley. We aim to stimulate community involvement in the arts and enhance the arts profile of this regional area. We plan to deliver a sustainable artistic experience that benefits the community culturally and raises social wellbeing.

The Wingham Akoostik Festival presents local and touring artists playing diverse musical styles. A mix of well-known Australian icons have performed on the Akoostik stages.

Wingham Akoostik Festival is a community based, volunteer powered event auspiced by Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services INC. The festival is a family friendly event! The  live entertainment and workshop activities cater for all ages and interests.

THE BONNIE SCOTtISH FESTIVAL

A tradition to Wingham, the Bonnie Scottish Festival is supported by the Chamber of Commerce and run each year in May by a dedicated group of volunteers through the Manning Valley Historical Society.  Bagpipes, shortbread, tartan, haggis and whiskey all feature in this festival.

Beef Week

Wingham Beef Week is a week-long event based on all facets of the beef industry giving students, juniors and producers a rare opportunity to participate in live assessment, carcase assessment and evaluation, meat judging, beef appreciation workshops, parading and judging competitions. The event aims to educate at ground level the next generation of our future junior beef enthusiasts in a hands-on environment to increase their knowledge/exposure to the Australian Beef industry through education and competition. Producers use the event to pit their skills, and benchmark their finished product against other producers and industry peers by competing in carcase competition’s, both led and unled. Wingham Beef Week is a unique being the only such event in the State where participants have the rare opportunity of being invited by Wingham Beef Exports into their processing facility for carcase viewing, assessment and evaluation.