Taree is the next major centre encounted when traveling north (or south) on Hgy 1 that joins Brisbane and Sydney. Taree is one of the ‘capitol’ cities that are dotted along the coast. Taree is a nice town on the northern banks of the Manning River, but the developers hammer has stripped much of the character from the town. That said there are pockets of heritage to note.
Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter. Since then Taree has grown to a population of around 20,000 people.
The name Taree is derived from "tareebit" the local native Biripi word meaning tree by the river, or more specifically, the Sandpaper Fig
Taree was laid out as a private town in 1854 by Henry Flett, the son-in-law of William Wynter who had originally settled the area in 1831. 100 acres (0.40 km2) had been set aside for the private township and 40 lots were initially sold.
The oldest surviving building in Taree is the old St Paul's Presbyterian Church, built in 1869 in the Victorian Gothic style, next door to the current building, in Albert Street. The Catholic and United Churches are also a building of substance, but the Anglican Cathedral is really something. Though mid-nineties this really something.