Did you know Woolgoolga has a Heritage Walk?
The project was the brainchild of long-time Northern Beaches resident Don Clinch and then Rotary President Norm Michener and was undertaken as a collaboration between Rotary, Lions, the Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce and Coffs Council. There are 12 panels around the township, depicting various aspects of the town’s interesting history, including its time as a timber town, early settlers, the first school, the jetty that used to be there, maritime history, the arrival of the Sikhs and the first Sikh temple, the old historic Sea View Hotel, and our Gumbaynggir heritage.
Woolgoolga is an interesting place. You can walk the walk if you have lots of time and energy, or you can drive it, with lots of parking available near each panel. Pick up a brochure to guide you at the Visitor Information Centre in Boundary St or from the Woolgoolga Art Gallery in Turon Parade or from the glass case on Beach St, just east of the NAB corner.
After you finish exploring the past, swing on out to the lookout area on Woolgoolga Headland for some of the best views on the East Coast and then check out one of the wonderful cafés or eateries, or grab a take away and enjoy ocean views at the Beach Reserve … a great excursion for Coffs Coast residents and their visitors from further afield. If you want to see more, check out Woolgoolga Art Gallery’s local art and craft, or take a peek inside one of the Sikh temples or check out the shops for gifts, clothing or surf and swimwear. Pop in to the Visitor Information Centre for brochures on other attractions and activities in the area. And if your thirst for history is not quenched, check out the associated website www.woolgoolgaheritagewalk.org for more information, personal histories and photos.