If fishing is your sport then Harrington is an angler’s paradise. Whether it be beach, deep sea, breakwall or river fishing Harrington has many spots to cast your line, all within a short distance.

The Breakwall is popular for Dolphin and Jew fish, while flathead, Snapper and Pearl fish can be caught drift fishing at Crowdy Beach.

Tasty Blue Swimmers and Mud Crabs can be caught in the abundant waters of the Manning River. Best time to set your traps is the period between Christmas and Easter.

Bait and fishing licence’s can be purchased from Ritchie’s Bait & Tackle at 23 Beach Street, Harrington or try your hand at beach worming at Harrington or Crowdy Head Beaches.


Fishing cleaning station located on Harrington Breakwall

Boat ramp facilities at Crowdy Head


For boating, rowing, sailing and kayaking enthusiast, there are many places to drop anchor in and around Harrington. The calm waters of the Manning River, along with deep sea adventures, makes Harrington a pleasure seekers paradise.

Launch your craft from the concrete ramp on Beach Street, there is no fee, no fuel, or lighting however there is a fish station area to clean your catch. Alternatively you can beach launch your boat, however remember you need a 4WD permit. Additionally Crowdy Head offers a boat ramp and car park. There are many mooring opportunities along the Manning River to accommodate leisure craft with public jetties, wharves and pontoons.

If cruising is more your style board the Island Explores run by  Manning River Cruises. Enjoy 150km of scenic waters along the beautiful Manning River. Listen to informative commentary on history and facts, while indulging in a delicious set menu.

For the more adventurous Crowdy Bay Charters operates off shore fishing charters. Located at Crowdy Head Boat Harbour, activities include reef and bottom fishing, game fishing, coastal tours or whale watching. Charters are available to small groups or individuals and include all tackle and bait.


If you have a boat, drop into Coast Patrol at the northern end of the Harrington Breakwall and register before you fish.  The team will give you the map of all the reefs and GPS marks for the local area.

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