Cundletown

 

This vibrant riverside village is located just off the highway at the Northern expressway entrance, approximately 5km from Taree.

The name is derived from ‘kundle kundle’ – an aboriginal word for wild carrot which grew in abundance there and was a significant food source for the local Biripi people.

Established around the same time as Taree, the village became an important river port for the many dairy farms to supply cream and milk to the local processors, as well as timber to Newcastle and Sydney.

Many historical buildings still remain in use, including the exquisite historic Post Office which has been in continuous use for over 100 years. A legal office is now operating in the old Court of Petty Sessions and Police Station – and it still contains the old jailhouse, with chains and manacles on the wall.

The Lower Manning Historical Society’s Cundletown Museum is housed in the Soldiers Memorial Hall and holds a wealth of information and memorabilia – it is well worth a visit while you’re in town.

Take a walk around the village and view the many memorial plaques outside of residential homes, which tell the story of past days and to what the present building once housed.

The landscape is virtually flat, so it is an easy walk to the beautiful town green with its lush community garden and children’s play area. The village is serviced by a general store, hair salon, beautician, bottle shop and service station. The large sporting oval has an avenue of trees planted in memory of enlisted soldiers. A hard surface tennis court still remains in use.

Cundletown is a wonderful place for growing families with a popular Public Primary School and The Manning Valley Anglican College for kindy to year 12 students.

River Street boasts a large boat ramp where you can launch directly into the Manning River and enjoy over 150km of navigable waterways.

A choice of aged care facilities can be found at Bishop Tyrell Place, St Pauls Hostel for the Aged and Calvary St Pauls Retirement Community.

And for your convenience, Taree Airport is right on your doorstep.

Dumaresq Island was once prime rural grazing land and only accessible by punt. Now with its expansive access bridge it is equally favourable for its secluded larger riverfront blocks.

Nearby Croki, just north of Cundletown, is a sleepy rural village on the river surrounded by lush dairy farms. The giant Moreton Bay fig trees provide plenty of shade for family fun and the enclosed river pool is a safe and refreshing oasis in summer days.