One of the Taree region’s best kept secrets is secluded Harrington on the mouth of the Manning River.
Pilot Hill Lookout, which flanks a monument guarding the graves of ships' pilots lost on the dangerous set of sandbars standing just off the rivermouth, gives you an overview of the river estuary, coastal swamps and their dense casuarinas.
To the immediate north, Crowdy Head commands a spectacular view of the Brother Mountains. The headland protects a small harbour that is a haven for fishing boats.
Behind the coast lies Crowdy Bay National Park, a popular fishing and bushwalking reserve which flanks the road through to Diamond Head.
Long before tourists discovered this unspoiled area of the Manning coast, it was a favourite retreat for celebrated novelist Kylie Tennant, who gloried in the unspoiled envrionment of beaches, magnificent dunes, and coastal forest, heath and wetlands and their attendant waterfowl.
Tennant based her story The Man on the Headland on one of the region's most colourful locals, Ernie Metcalf, whose old Diamond Head home was restored by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in 1980.