This remnant of sub-tropical floodplain rainforest is one of the most significant maternity sites in NSW for the grey-headed flying-fox. There is a short looped walk with boardwalk sections and it's ideal for early morning birdwatching (species include Lewin's honeyeater, white-headed and topknot pidgeons, brown-cuckoo dove, figbird and green catbird). The adjoining riverside reserve provides picnic and toilet facilities.
Fotheringham could, in many ways, be described as the hub of Taree. Located just north of the bridge across the Manning River, once Taree's lifeblood, the park features a garden of unusual herbs and sculptures, though the free standing examples here are done with tiles.
There are also several free standing plaques faced with Honour Rolls situated in Fotheringham Park. The names are of those who served during World War 2 and the many subsequent wars and peace keeping operations conducted since 1945.
Manning River Cruises also operate adjacent to the park and the Returned Services Club is just a stone's throw away.
In 1770 when Captain Cook first sailed up the eastern coast of Australia he identified and named "The Brothers", a group of three mountains - South, Middle and North Brother Mountains.
At the time the Biripai, Ngamba and Worimi Aborigines were well established in the district and it is probably from them that the word "tareebit", which means the "fruit of the wild fig tree", comes. The Aborigines lived off seafood and fish from the river as well as tropical fruits which they found in the rainforest which charactererised most of the area.
There is no better way of experiencing the Manning River and the area around Taree than taking a Manning River Cruise which leaves from the wharves near Fotheringham Park.