Harrington Rainforest Track Entrance
The Harrington Rainforest walk takes you through littoral or coastal rainforest which has formed on old sand-dunes. The rainforest is subtropical and has a great diversity of plant species. It is the best remaining remnant of the rainforest which once stretched north from here to Crowdy Head. Sand mining in the 1960s and early 1970s took its toll on the rainforest. The saving grace of the rainforest pocket was that it contained historical grave sites.
Manning Coastcare Group has played a continuing role in protecting and restoring this area. The current challenges to preserving this important native vegetation are weed invasion (which suppresses regeneration of the rainforest) and the threat of bush fire.
AT THE TRACK ENTRANCE on the edge of the rainforest you will see some common coastal plants. As you step onto the track it is immediately obvious you are under the rainforest canopy. All images thanks to Hugh Nicholson – Rainforest Plants of Australia