BEACHES & SWIMMING

– HARRINGTON BEACH

Harrington Beach consists of 5.6km of pristine white sand. An unpatrolled beach, it stretches all the way from Harrington to picturesque Crowdy Head and offers perfect conditions for various recreational activities such as surfing, body boarding and fishing.

Harrington Beach can be easily reached by walking to the end of the iconic Harrington Breakwall. Alternatively the beach can be accessed by various walking tracks through the National Park. Crowdy Head Rd offers various car parks where you can park and begin your walk.

4WD vehicle access to Harrington Beach is north of the Harrington Beach Holiday Park. Permits are a must and are available at Ritchies Bait and Tackle on Beach Street.

Looking back to Harrington from Harrington Beach

Patrolled Crowdy Head North Beach

– CROWDY HEAD

A short ten minute drive from Harrington is historic Crowdy Head. A quaint fishing village with strong maritime routes, it’s the home of a historic active lighthouse that originated in 1878.

The seaside village comprises of both a north and a south beach.

The northern side is a family friendly beach with amenities, BBQ and picnic spots and a cafe. During the summer months, it’s patrolled by members of the local Surf Life Saving Club. It’s popular with kite surfers, joggers, body boarders and walkers.

South Beach is very popular with surfers chasing the ‘big’ waves. A glorious stretch of golden sand, it is perfect for running, walking and fishing. The beach is not patrolled and its rips and strong surf make it unsuitable for swimming.

Both beaches have 4WD access available, but remember to pick up a permit before you start making tracks.

– DOG FRIENDLY

Both Harrington and Crowdy Head beaches are dog friendly. Dogs must be under control within 50 meters each side of the patrolled area. Dogs are then allowed off leash to run and play on the sand and in the surf.  

– HARRINGTON LAGOON

Harrington Lagoon is a popular swimming spot in summer. It’s unpatrolled, however with no waves and shallow waters it’s safe for families and children. With BBQs, picnic tables and toilets it’s ideal for family outings.

The Harrington Lagoon is located near the Breakwall in front of the Marine Rescue Building.

Looking back to Harrington from Harrington Beach

Manning River

– MANNING RIVER

The Manning River is another preferred spot for water activities.

Some popular locations along the river are in front of John Oxley Park, Club Harrington on Beach St and at the end of the river walk on Pretoria Parade in Harrington Waters.

As the river is unpatrolled, caution is best used when swimming or paddling about in the water.