Old Bar

Old Bar is a sleepy little town, nestled on the dunes of the New South Wales Mid North Coast. Blessed with long hot summers and mild sunny winters it is your ideal holiday destination 365 days of the year.

Located at the southern entrance of the majestic Manning River, Old Bar is known for its laid-back coastal culture. Our slow-paced lifestyle inspired by the landscape offers the perfect escape from the chaos of everyday life.

Encompassing the surrounding localities of Manning Point, Saltwater and Wallabi Point, there are a diversity of experiences on offer here. From sun-swept golden beaches, secluded waterways and magnificent nature reserves, our piece of paradise has it all.

With friendly locals and a tight-knit community, Old Bar offers an intimate village experience with everything you need located in its vibrant centre.


Only a 2 hour drive from Newcastle, and 3 hours from Sydney, Old Bar is the ideal location for a weekend getaway or sea-change.


Festival History


The Old Bar Beach Festival is an annual community event that has been held every October Long Weekend since 2005. From the humblest of beginnings, the festival has grown to attract more than 30,000 people each year.

The Kombi/Transporter Australian record attempt is one of the major highlights of the festival.  The number of Kombis attending the festival has steadily increased over the last 13 years due to the support of many owners who now have made the festival an annual pilgrimage.

For Kombi owners this festival is a place to meet and share their passion for their beloved buses with like-minded Kombi enthusiasts in a relaxed and festive atmosphere suited for the whole family.

Each year we look at what we can do to make the festival even better. The festival now boasts an impressive range of regular features:

  • Kombi Display, Parade, and Record Attempt
  • Old Bar Classic
  • Two full days of live music
  • Mega-Markets
  • Fireworks Display
  • Amusement Rides
  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Street-Food vendors


With over 30,000 visitors in recent years, the Old Bar Beach Festival is an increasingly popular event.

Accommodation for the long weekend fills up fast, so we’ve put together a list of the best local accommodation options to help you find a place to stay.

Additional accommodation is available at Wallabi Point, Manning Point, Pampoolah, Taree, Tinonee, Harrington and Halliday’s Point. Go to for further information on accommodation.

Azalea Cottage

From $125 per night, Azalea Cottage is situated on five acres overlooking a private
golf course. The property provides overnight accommodation, is wheelchair accessible and in-house pet friendly. Sit back and enjoy the abundant wildlife. Azalea Cottage is only five kilometres from the ocean and Old Bar village.

Contact: (02) 6553 6636

Type: Bed and Breakfasts

Boogie Woogie Beach House

From $150 per night, Boogie Woogie Beach House is located in the heart of Old Bar. The nine room beach house comprises of luxurious and playful design elements inspired by music and art. The accommodation is a mix of Family Rooms, King and Queen Suites, and an additional Surf Shack that sleeps six. All have en suites (Family and King Suites include a bath), entertainment unit, and air conditioning.

Contact: (02) 6557 4224

Type: Hotel and Motel

Chiltern Lodge Country Retreat

From $100 per night, Chiltern Lodge Country Retreat is a secluded country retreat within reach of the beach. Hidden in the bushland of Khappinghat National Park on the NSW Mid North Coast, award winning Chiltern Lodge offers a secluded 11 hectare forest hideaway, yet is just minutes from the beautiful Manning River, and the shops, cafes and sandy beaches of the seaside village of Old Bar.

Contact: (02) 6553 3190
Type: Bed and Breakfasts

Kiwarrak Country Retreat

From $149 per night, Kiwarrak Country Retreat provides stylish, self-contained accommodation near Old Bar Beach on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Set on 10 picturesque acres, the retreat is surrounded by beautifully established gardens and lawns with a backdrop of tall Australian gums.

Contact: (02) 6553 7391
Type: Cabins and Cottages

Lanis on the Beach – Old Bar

From $115 per night, Lanis on the Beach is the only holiday/caravan park in Old Bar on the beautiful Mid North Coast. The tranquil beachfront caravan park has direct beach access and is located on the cusp of the Festival.

Lanis is a member of ‘Top Tourist Parks,’ offering a range of holiday accommodation to suit all budgets and needs, including a range of en suite cabins, and for those who choose to travel with their own caravan, motorhome or RV, a choice of sites, some with their own personal bathroom.

Contact: 1300 735 274
Type: Cabins and Cottages

Meridian Resort Beachside

From $135 per night, The Meridian Resort Beachside is ideally situated right on the beach in the seaside village of Old Bar. The resort comprises of luxurious, but affordable, one and two bedroom self-contained courtyard apartments and one or three bedroom ocean view apartments. Contact: (02) 6553 3441
Type: Self Contained

Surfside Retreat – Old Bar Beach

From $320 per night, Surfside Retreat holiday house is a large, two storey, fully self-contained house, with an additional guest wing. The house sleeps up to 16 people with seven bedrooms and five bathrooms. There are full kitchen facilities with large living and dining area, large decks with ocean views and barbecue facilities. Flat screen televisions and DVD players are supplied in every room.

Contact: 0421 180 821
Type: Self Contained



On the October Long Weekend, Kombis from near and far gather at Old Bar to be part of our iconic Kombi events. Alongside VW Transporters and Utes, Kombis of all ages will be displayed over both days, showcasing their individuality and flair.

Kombi Cruise

Saturday of the October Long Weekend is the ‘Kombi Cruise’ day.

Kombis, and VW’s assemble on the Old Bar Air Strip ready to cruise along Old Bar Road to the highway roundabout and back.

The main street of Old Bar is lined with spectators to cheer on the VW’s.

The cruise takes about 45 minutes and is fantastic to be a part of.

“I was in the Kombi Parade in 2016. It was incredible to part of the parade, with so much appreciation from the spectators all the way along Old Bar Road. I can’t wait to do it again this year. Overall it is the best weekend for a Kombi owner all year. I’ve met lifelong friends at this event and it’s been great to share those kombi stories with so many other kombi owners”.

Kombi Display Record

On the Sunday, Kombis and VW’s gather at Old Bar to break the Australian record. Come down and see our record-breaking display of unique and treasured Kombis.

If you’ve got a Kombi, you are welcome to display it on Saturday alongside the Old Bar Classic display.

Got a kombi?

Want to be a part of the cruise or record breaking event? Simply head along to the Old Bar Beach Festival on the 29th-30th September 2018, and register your Kombi on the day.

Registration is just $5. You’ll get a sticker to say you were there, and go in the draw to win $1,000 to keep that kombi going for another year. There will also be some prizes from our sponsors up for grabs over the weekend!

Please check the registrations page for terms and conditions. The most important items are that you must still be there to win the $1,000 and that you must not move your vehicle between the hours of 8am and 4pm without an official escort.


Classic Cars, Beatles, and Bikes

The Old Bar Classic is held on the Saturday of the Old Bar Beach Festival. The number of classics is growing each year, as is the number of spectators.

Escape the busy crowds and explore the growing range of classics on display – from veteran to modern street machines and motorcycles. You might just find some inspiration for that project waiting in the back shed.

Own a ‘Classic’?

If you’re the owner of a ‘Classic’ — be it veteran, vintage, modern, muscle, hot rod, street machine or motorcycle — bring it along display your work to our crowd of thousands.

Registration is just $5. You’ll get a sticker to say you were there, and go in the draw to win $1,000 to keep that classic shiny for next year. There will also be some prizes from our sponsors up for grabs over the weekend!

Classics and Beetles are welcome, and encouraged, to tag onto the Kombi Parade at the end of the day on Saturday. See the Kombi page for details.

Please check the registrations page for all terms and conditions. The most important items are that you must still be there to win the $1,000 and that you must not move your vehicle between the hours of 8am and 4pm without an official escort.



Markets – Food – Kombis – Cars – Muso’s – Surfers – Runners – Clubs – Sponsors – Garage Sales – Friends

Terms & Conditions

Standard Terms & Conditions are applicable to all applications and registrations. Note the terms and conditions will be updated on the 8th of April 2019

Download Term & Conditions

Friends of the Festival

  Opening soon

Garage Sales

  Registration opens July

For more information view the Garage Sales Page or call Chris Rowsell on 6553 3122

Mega Markets

  Application forms available from 8th of April 2019

Kombi and Classic Car Registration

“Kombi Fest”

  • Kombis, VW Transporters & Utes
  • Register on the day – $5
  • Sponsor prizes and a lucky cash giveaways.
  • See Kombi page for details.
  • Term & conditions apply.

“Old Bar Classic”

  • Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Beetles & Ghias
  • Register on the day – $5
  • Sponsor prizes and a lucky cash giveaway.
  • See the Old Bar Classic page for details.
  • Terms & conditions apply.

Food Vendor Expression of Interest

  Commercial Food Vendor 2019 – Opens 8 April 2019 
  A commercial food vendor sells meals.

  Commercial Food Van 2019 – Opens 8 April 2019
  A commercial food van sells beverages, snacks, confectionery or drinks only.

Club, Group or Sponsor

  Expression of interest opening 8 April 2019

    A club or group is a not for profit organisation or a registered charity.


  Expression of interest opening soon

Kev Lee Memorial Single Fin Contest

  Entries opening August 2019

Old Bar Cross Country Fun Run

  Entries opening August 2019


Garage Sales

In the lead up to the Old Bar Beach Festival, the town comes alive for its annual garage sale day!

On the first weekend of September, thousands of inquisitive shoppers hit the town, as we attempt to break the record for the ‘Most Garage Sales on the One Day in One Town’.

Bargains galore walk out the door and pocket money aplenty is made from unwanted items gathering dust around the household.

It’s easy to get around on the day — all sales are numbered at the end of the street and each house is identified with balloons. And don’t forget our Car Boot Sale, held at the same time.

A huge Book and Record Sale will also be held at the old supermarket on Old Bar Rd, with all proceeds going towards the festival.

“I am in Garage Sale Utopia” said one completely satisfied shopper on her way to her 78th garage sale for the day

For more details contact:
Chris Rowsell on 6553 3122