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A perfect place for a summer holiday Forster comes alive in the summer months. The town is surrounded with water with 26km Wallis Lake to the west famous for its oysters and great fishing, and the ocean to the east with fabulous surfing beaches. Nearby Myall Lakes is one of the best places in NSW to enjoy all boating activities such as waterskiing and fishing with Seal Rocks, as yet undeveloped, being one of the most scenic places to visit in Australia.

Population 1600
Harrington is located south-east of Taree aon 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.

Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens lie on the northern shores of Port Stevens and are linked by the singing bridge. Situated in an idealic spot these quiet towns remain less developed and popular in summer than other coastal holiday towns. Hawks Nest white sand beaches are picturesque, have great surf and are semi-protected by islands which lie just off the coast and the Bay of Port Stephens.

on the coast is a blue water paradise, with great fishing, boating and swimming. There are also families of dolphins, frolicking in these calm blue waters and sandy beaches of the Port Stephens area. It is also an excellent point from where to watch migrating whales or to organize whale watching tours from the many operators in this area. The waters of Port Stevens provide excellent fishing and crabbing. There are good launching ramps in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest with fish cleaning facilities.
Both towns host the annual Myall Lakes Prawn-Festival.

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Port Stephens
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Established in 1836 when Enoch Rudder started a punt service across the Macleay River the town situated in the fertile Macleay valley which is mainly covered with dairy farms. The first white men in the area were timber cutters and lumber is still a main industry of this area.

Situated at the mouth of the Hastings River a population explosion in the 1970s turned this once small town which relied on trade and commerce into a major holiday resort and retirement area. Originally a settlement for convicts banished for crimes committed in NSW much of its early heritage has now disappeared. St Thomas' Church is one reminder of those early days constructed in 1824 entirely by convicts it is one of the first churches built in Australia. Excellent displays of the evolution of the town and surrounding region can be found at the Hastings District Historical Museum and the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre has an outstanding nature display with a boardwalk through the rainforest. The punt across the river to the north of the town takes you to some unspoilt and deserted beaches along the rough gravel road to Crescent Head.

Situated on the banks of the Manning River, Taree is at the centre of the rich dairy and timer areas of the Manning Valley. Although the Pacific Highway now bypasses the town Taree is still a convenient stopover on a journey up or down the coast and has many motels and caravan parks, Queen Elizabeth Park on the banks of the river being a great place for a picnic lunch

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