Home to sweeping beaches and stunning views of the Manning River delta.
Harrington’s relaxed seaside lifestyle is a welcome escape from today’s frantic pace.
Nestled ten minutes northeast of Taree, the tranquil seaside village of Harrington sits at the northern mouth of the Manning River. In 1894 a long breakwall was built to protect the entry channel for shipping, which now serves as a scenic walk and great fishing location. The nearby Pilot Hill Lookout provides expansive views over the river delta and the graves on the hill bear witness to the pilots whose task was to guide the boats over the bar.
A taste of holidays from our past, Harrington’s relaxed seaside lifestyle is a welcome escape from today’s frantic pace. Stroll along waterfront pathways where bollards form a visual display of the town's history. Rest in riverside parks or cast a line for that elusive catch of the day. See the resident pelicans rest atop colourfully painted power poles waiting for the fishing boats to return. There are riverside and seaside caravan parks, cabins, pubs, clubs and cafes with great views so you can watch the hive of activity happening on the river.
Just north of Harrington, the small fishing village of Crowdy Head retains evidence of its European settlement and history around the area with a strong maritime flavour.
Crowdy Head Lighthouse, one of only two lighthouses along the 190 km coastline of the Barrington Coast provides an expansive 360-degree view. Perched high on the headland, the site provides one of the best vantage points to watch the humpback highway from May to November. A great place for a selfie and easily accessible by car all the way to the top.
Crowdy Bay National Park
Driving north of Crowdy Head leads to the beautiful Crowdy Bay National Park offering beach camping, picnic areas, fishing spots and walking tracks.
The park also provides spectacular cliff top views, easy walking tracks and abundant wildlife. Diamond Head and Indian Head provide unforgettable backdrops to the colourful wildflower displays In spring and summer. Access to the park is via an unsealed road from Crowdy Head or from Moorland 35 km north of Taree.