Harrington is located south-east of Taree on the northern arm of the entrance to Manning River. The town, which grew around a pilot station for vessels entering the river, became a port for cedar, maize and farm produce from further up river.
A breakwater which was built in 1894 provides excellent fishing for the enthusiast and safer boating.
Safe lagoon swimming is provided on sandy beaches inside the rivermouth, adjoining BBQ and picnic areas. Facilities include the local hotel and bowling club, restaurants, shopping centre.
4km from Harrington, the town of Crowdy Head sits on the edge of a protected fishing harbour. This area provides beautiful beaches with safe swiming, excellent fishing and surfing.
From the headland are spectacular views north over Crowdy Bay National Park and Diamond Head and to the south over the coastline through to Manning Point and Old Bar.