Manilla is a historic country town that lies 44 kilometres north of Tamworth at the junction of the Manilla and Namoi Rivers. It has grown from a rich agricultural base and continues to prosper as a service centre for the highly productive agricultural sector. The town features an abundance of beautiful period architecture with distinctive facades, leadlight windows, pressed metal ceilings, verandas and ornate balconies.

Manilla is a world-renowned centre for paragliding and nearby Mount Borah was the site for the world championships. Lying between two magnificent lakes, Lake Keepit and Split Rock Dam, Manilla has water activities for swimmers, fishermen, water skiers, sailors and windsurfers.

Visit the Manilla Historical Society Royce Cottage Museum that features a pioneer gallery, schoolhouse and colonial machinery.