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Harrington Beach is a small but beautiful ocean-side village in New South Wales, located approximately halfway between Port Macquarie and Forster. Harrington NSW is known for its unique sandbar and beach which lies at the mouth of the Manning River.

Harrington Beach is not as popular as some of the other beach towns along the east coast of Australia which makes it a bit of an untouched gem and definitely worth checking out. I recommend spending at least one or two nights in the area to explore the beauty of all that Harrington NSW has to offer. 

I have put together this easy guide of Harrington Beach NSW including how to get there, the best things to do, where to stay and the best time to visit.


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Harrington Beach is approximately a 45-minute drive south of Port Macquarie and 45-minutes drive north of Forster.

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It’s best to have your own vehicle to visit Harrington Beach NSW as public transportation options are scarce. 

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Another great option for traveling along the east coast of Australia is to rent a campervan that comes fully equipped with a double bed, fridge, gas cooker, kitchen utensils, lots of storage and many more great features. It’s a recipe for a good time and from my own personal experience, I highly recommend renting a campervan with Travellers Auto Barn, one of the most reputable and top-rated campervan rental companies in Australia!

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Please see below for an overview of the 3 best things to do in Harrington NSW that you will find in this post:

  1. Explore Harrington Beach & sandbar
  2. Visit Crowdy Head Beach & lighthouse
  3. Watch the sunset at Manning River



First up on this list of best things to do in Harrington NSW is exploring the iconic Harrington Beach and sandbar!

It’s quite easy to access Harrington Beach by simply strolling along the break wall which is located in front of the Marine Rescue building on Beach Street. 

The sandbar that you’ll find at Harrington Beach is EPIC and if you have a drone camera, I highly recommend sending it up here to capture some shots of this unique landscape from above. 

It takes around 15 minutes to walk to the very tip of the sandbar on Harrington Beach and it’s the perfect spot to lay down a rug, have a picnic and take a dip in the ocean to cool off. 

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Crowdy Head Beach and lighthouse is a short 5-minute drive north of Harrington NSW and well worth checking out during your visit. 

I recommend spending around two or three hours here which is more than enough time to visit the beautiful white sand beach and the lighthouse which is situated on top of the cliffs at Crowdy Head. 


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Last but not least on this list of things to do in Harrington Beach is watching the sunset at Manning River.

Before the day is out, be sure to hang around town to catch an unforgettable sunset at Manning River. There are plenty of grassy areas and park benches around the river’s edge to hang out for the afternoon and enjoy the peaceful serenity that Harrington NSW has to offer.

Another option is to make your way up to Pilot Hill Reserve which boasts extensive views of Harrington Beach, Manning River and the village. 

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I personally stayed at Discovery Parks Harrington Beach and can’t recommend this holiday park enough!

Whether you’re traveling in a campervan or looking for a cabin to stay for a night or two, Discovery Parks has got you covered with plenty of affordable accommodation options to suit all types of visitors. 

The park features a swimming pool, activity room, laundry amenities, hot showers and toilets, camp kitchen and BBQs, mini-golf, beach access, free WiFi and more!

Located right on the shores of Harrington Beach and a stone’s throw from the center of town, the location is simply perfect.

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Harrington Beach sees glorious sunshine almost all year round.

If you want the best of the best conditions weatherwise, I recommend visiting between May and October (Autumn, Winter, Spring) which is most ideal for beach bumming, nature walks and water sports. 

Summer in Harrington NSW is between December and February which sees hot temperatures and rainfall.





The coastline and hinterland areas along the east coast of Australia boast countless beaches, lakes, waterfalls, hikes and many more fun-fuelled adventures waiting to be had!

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Another option for accommodation in Harrington NSW is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in the area!




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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions about Harrington Beach, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring!

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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