Things To Do
Crowdy Head and Harrington Beaches
The beautiful seaside village Crowdy Head has two popular beaches. North beach is a family friendly beach patrolled in summer months with a Surf Life Saving Club and the popular kiosk. There are also some great picnic spots nearby along the water and it’s not uncommon to spot dolphins and whales playing nearby. Crowdy Head South Beach is very popular for surfers chasing waves. There are also picnic tables overlooking the ocean where you can enjoy your lunch with spectacular views. Both beaches have 4WD access available, so remember to arrange a permit from either the Manning Valley Vsitor Information Centre or Harrington Bait & Tackle next to our office on Beach Street so you can start your beach adventures right away.
Diamond Head and Kylie’s Beaches are located in Crowdy Bay National Park and only a quick walk from many camping grounds located in the area. These beaches boast great fishing where guests come from all over to have the ultimate fishing experience. There are great walking tracks to discover and explore. You may also come across the Kangaroo families that are often found on the beaches on sunrise and sunset. Harrington Beach State Park is a 431-hectare site that stretches from Harrington to the picturesque fishing village of Crowdy Head, here you will find the lighthouse and boat harbour. A must for our guests is to visit the iconic Crowdy Head Lighthouse. You can capture 360-degree views of the coast! If you are holidaying in May through to August, keep your eye out for passing humpback whales that are usually putting on a spectacular show. Harrington Beach State Park is paradise for both local and non-local fisherman with plenty of opportunities to pull in a great catch of the day at the protected boat harbour, break wall, river estuary or ocean.
Harrington Lagoon is the perfect place to take the kids down for a paddle during the summer. There are plenty of things to keep the littles occupied. Enjoy a nice relaxed picnic by the water or even find one of the many lucky fishing spots.
Address- Crowdy St, Harrington NSW 2427
Crowdy Bay National Park
This is a magnificent spot admired by many locals and guests who holiday with us purely for its coastline cliffs, rockpools, beaches and forests which are a retreat for all the wildlife you will come across. During your holiday, we recommend going for a wander at low tide as it is the perfect time to discover the rock formations and pools with the children. There are plenty of fishing spots for everyone and places for swimming, skiing, surfing and all water activities. There are numerous camping grounds throughout the park including Crowdy Gap, Kylie’s Beach, Indian Head and Diamond Head. Make sure you make the most of all the coastal picnic areas where you will most likely be accompanied by the local wildlife.
Crowdy Head Road, Harrington, New South Wales, Australia
Cattai Wetlands is one of our favourite places that we recommend to all our holiday guests. Only a short venture north on the Pacific Highway and you will find the remarkable one of a kind Cattai Wetlands. This is a spectacular coastal wetland and a hidden gem of the Manning Valley that we highly recommend you visit during your stay with us. You will find the Cattai Wetlands home to plenty of birds, kangaroos, wallabies and goannas. Discover the hidden walking tracks amongst the wetlands, go bird watching, take a picnic or just relax and enjoy the utmost beautiful scenery. Cattai Wetlands is open 7 days a week between 8am and 3pm Monday to Friday and 7am to 5pm over the weekend. No pets can accompany you at the Cattai Wetlands and don’t forget to bring your Areoguard as the mossies love the Cattai Wetlands as much as we all do.
Address- Spring Hill Road, Coopernook NSW Australia
Coopernook State Forest
Coopernook State Forest is only a stone’s throw away from Harrington. There are camping, and picnic areas located within the State Forest. The Coopernook State Forest is open and peaceful surrounded by tall gum trees home to many Koalas. This spot is ideal for a relaxing afternoon away inland. The forest is accessible by 2WD in good weather and the site is free. You are more than welcome to bring along your fury friends that are holidaying with you. This spot is secluded and perfect for a peaceful Sunday afternoon drive, bushwalking for the more adventurous and bike riding.
Coopernook State Forest, Forest Drive, Coopernook NSW
Coorabakh National Park
Coorabahkh is only a 43-minute drive north of Harrington. Go for a wander along the boardwalks of Starrs Creek located amongst the forestry. Head down to Newbys cave along the peaceful fresh creek. Soak up the sunshine and float amongst beautiful Waitui Falls which is one of our favourite getaway spots. Take in some of the most breath-taking views over the Manning Valley on the Newbys, Flat Rock and Vincent’s lookouts. We highly recommend you check out Big Nellie, Flat Nellie and Little Nellie, these are the famous ancient volcanic plugs that formed the famous Glass House Mountains in Queensland. Enjoy a five-minute walk up the creek from Newbys Creek Road where you can discover the fascinating Newbys Cave., this walk takes approximately 10 – 20 minutes.
Coopernook Forest Drive, Coopernook NSW 2426
Pilot Hill Lookout- Harrington – popular with our holiday guests for the expansive coastal and river views.
Flat Rock Loockout - Coorabakh National Park
Big Nellie Volcanic Plug- Coorabakh National Park
Newbys Lookout- Coorabakh National Park
Vincent's Lookout- Coorabakh National Park
Rowley's Rock Lookout- Wingham
Ellenbourough Falls- Elands
Apex Lookout- Taree
Blue Knob Lookout- Wingham
Brushy Cutting- Tinonee
Harrington and Crowdy Head is an angler’s paradise. Offering beach, deep sea, breakwall or river fishing , there are plenty of fishing spots to cast your line.The famous Harrington Breakwall is popular for Dolphin and Jew fish, while flathead, Snapper and Pearl fish can be caught if you are lucky. Best time to set your traps is the period between Christmas and Easter. Bait and fishing licence’s can be purchased from Ritchie’s Bait & Tackle next door to our LJ Hooker Harrington office or try your hand at beach worming at Harrington or Crowdy Head Beaches.
Waitui Falls: Waitui Rd, Kerewong NSW 2439
Ellenborough Falls: Ellenborough Falls Rd, Elands NSW 2429
Gloucester Falls: Barrington Tops National Park
Harrington Local Markets
The Marine Rescue Markets: Held at the John Oxley Reserve and are very popular. The market has a wide variety of stalls for everyone. All proceeds from the Markets go towards financing our Marine Rescue Boats and operations. This market is held 4 times a year, New Years Day, Easter Monday, in July and Monday of the October long weekend.
Johns River Community Markets: Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month with additional markets held on a Monday of the long weekends at Easter, June and October & January.
Activities for the Children
Harrington Beach Skate Park: 1 Beach St, Harrington NSW 2427
Taree Ten Pin Bowling: 55 Muldoon St, Taree NSW 2430
The Big Buz Fun Park: 1735 The Lakes Way, Diamond Beach NSW 2430
Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre: 51 Manning River Dr, Taree NSW 2430
Fays Twin Cinema Taree: Corner of Oxley St & Milligan St, Taree NSW 2430
Tactical Paintball Games: 19716 Pacific Hwy, Moorland NSW 2443
Inflatebale World Taree: 47 Muldoon St, Taree NSW 2430
Billabong Wildlife Park: 61 Billabong Dr, Port Macqaurie NSW 2444
Timbertown: 2325 Oxley Hwy, Wauchope NSW 2446
Hallidays Point Accommodation Centre offers a wide range of accommodation in the Black Head Beach, Diamond Beach, Hallidays Point & Tallwoods Village areas.