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Taree, Harrington and Crowdy Head

Day 17 - Monday 14 July 2014

After breakfast we drove into Taree for papers and a coffee, as well as a walk around the town centre, before visiting the supermarket for a few supplies as well as a visit to the Woollies servo for fuel. We returned to the caravan for lunch and planned the rest of our day.

Manning River Times in Taree

Manning River Times in Taree

Taree jetty

Taree jetty

Looking up river from Taree

Looking up river from Taree

Looking down river from Taree

Looking down river from Taree

After lunch we drove to Harrington which is located near the mouth of the Manning River, then on to Crowdy Head. From the early 1830s the Manning River and the area around Taree were the centre of a timber industry based on Cedar. The entrance to the Manning River has a shallow and dangerous bar-way, however the risks must have been worth it to get the timber. In the 1850s and the 1860s one of the largest shipyards in the southern hemisphere operated on the Manning River near Harrington, with ship up to 300 tonnes being built.

More than fifty ships were lost over the years between 1824 and 1941 trying to cross the bar-way into the Manning River. In 1856 a Pilot Station was established at Harrington, a Lighthouse was built at Crowdy Head in 1878, and plans were developed for a breakwater to be built at Harrington in 1885. Harrington is now becoming an up market area for retirees with Harrington Waters being developed around a golf course, with a Lodge and other facilities.

Crowdy Bay from Crowdy Head

Crowdy Bay from Crowdy Head

Crowdy Head Lighthouse

Crowdy Head Lighthouse

Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular from Crowdy Head

Diamond Head and Point Perpendicular from Crowdy Head

Crowdy Head fishing fleet

Crowdy Head fishing fleet

Small cemetery at the site of the Harrington Pilot Station

Small cemetery at the site of the Harrington Pilot Station

Harrington from the Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Harrington from the Flagstaff Hill Lookout

Manning River barway

Manning River barway

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