Crowdy Head, just 12 minutes drive from BIG4 Colonial Holiday Park, is a small, quaint fishing village featuring spectacular 360 degree ocean views from the lighthouse lookout, ideal for whale watching. Fishing charters are available through Crowdy Bay Charters Ph: 02 6591 3467. Crowdy Head Beach is patrolled during the summer months and is a great place for families to soak up the sun. The beach sweeps in a long arc to Diamond Head Beach. Explore in your 4WD with an access point at the Crowdy Beach Surf Club – Beach permits required.
THREE BROTHERS REGION
Right on the Pacific Highway, Coopernook is the gateway to the wonderful Three Brothers region, with four national parks, state forests, and some of the most stunning views over the Manning Valley. Including iconic Diamond Head, the Three Brothers region is full of charming little villages, rolling green hills, and excellent facilities for camping and overnighting if you want a change of pace from the sun, sea, river and beaches of Harrington and Crowdy Head.
HARRINGTON – PILOT HILL
Pilot Hill Lookout has significant historical ties to the seaside village of Harrington. Established in the 1860s it was manned for nearly a century. The gravesites at this lookout are a marker of the pilots whose job it was to assist navigation for the increasing and prosperous cargo and passenger trade over the dangerous sand bar. Take in the spectacular views of the Pacific ocean and the Harrington Breakwall. This spot is magical at sunrise and sunset.
Taree is the heart of the Manning Valley on the banks of the Manning River. The beautiful riverside parks include Fotheringham, Queen Elizabeth Park and Kendall Reserve. Enjoy a picnic, feed the birds or simply sit and enjoy the peaceful river. Taree offers an excellent shopping centre with all the variety of larger centres. Taree City Centre and Manning Mall will provide you with all you require. There are also some great cafes and restaurants in town such as Bowers Cafe, Sailos at the Aquatic Club, Ironbark Restaurant at Club Taree, Raw Sugar, The Bean Bar and Fish Fish Fish.
Find out about the history or stroll around the heritage-listed town and enjoy lunch at one of the many cafés. Indulge in a spot of nostalgia at the Historical Museum. Why not have a picnic at Wingham Brush and see amazing fruit bats? You can also walk through the rainforest on the boardwalk. At sunset, thousands of flying foxes emerge in search of food.
FORSTER – TUNCURRY
At the Northern tip of the Great Lakes, these twin towns are where Wallis Lake meets the ocean. The twin townships are surrounded by National Parks and feature majestic headlands and long secluded beaches. Boating, fishing, diving, paddling, cruises, whale watching and coastal walks combine with galleries, unique shopping and award-winning restaurants to create an experience rich coastal destination.
Port Macquarie is located just 45 minutes North of Harrington. Greater Port Macquarie extends from the mouth of the Hastings and Camden Haven Rivers west to the Great Dividing Range, with a beautiful coastline of 84kms. Away from the beach, there are plenty of activities to cater for people of all interests and ages. Shopping and art enthusiasts will delight in the boutique shops, galleries, art and crafts centres, while history buffs will love exploring the sign-posted heritage walking trail and museums.
Wauchope, is surrounded by rich dairy and cattle country. It’s a lively town and gateway to over 40,000 hectares of national parks and state forests. A major attraction is Timbertown, a re-created village set amongst 87 acres of natural forest that depicts life and work in the pioneer towns of the region in the late 1800s. Bullock teams haul giant logs to a steam-powered sawmill, shingles and rails are split with axes and the blacksmith’s forge rings with the sound of hammer on horseshoes.