The 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.
Crowdy Head just five minutes drive from Harrington, is a small, quaint fishing village featuring spectacular 360 degree ocean views from the lighthouse lookout, ideal for whale watching. Fishing charters, coastal tours and whale watching off Crowdy Head are available through Crowdy Bay Charters Ph: 02 6591 3467. Crowdy Head Beach is patrolled during the summer months and sweeps in a long arc to Diamond Head Beach. Beach permits required.
Pilot Hill Lookout:
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.
Find out about our history or stroll around the heritage-listed town. 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.
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.
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 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. Follow the Hastings Forest Way west from Wauchope to Werrikimbe National Park, a rugged wilderness of outstanding beauty spread across the hills that form the catchment of the Hastings River. Willi Willi National Park is a rainforest mountain park, 52 km west of Wauchope. And don’t miss the waterfall at Ellenborough Falls.
Forster / Tuncurry:
The beaches around Foster all fabulous starting with Main Beach which is a protected beach, making it ideal for families. Nearby Pebbly Beach is also a good spot for families as is Burgess Beach. Other beaches not to miss include One Mile Beach and McBrides Beach, ideal to escape for a day. Seven Mile Beach stretches South from Cape Hawke down to Booti Hill and the Ruins, great for fishing and surfing. Walk along the Pebbly Beach Bicentennial Trail, sample fresh local oysters farmed in Wallis Lake and climb the steep 223-m summit of Cape Hawke for spectacular views. Covering the narrow isthmus just south of Forster, Booti Booti National Park incorporates a marvellous stretch of coastline between Cape Hawke and Seagull Point.