Everything you need to know about “the missing piece of paradise” … With splendid beaches, magnificent rainforest and a famous curry festival, Woolgoolga is perfect for a day at the beach, bushwalking or a spicy adventure.
Swimming, snorkelling, surfing and kayaking are all popular, and with spectacular views, the ruggedly beautiful headland is one of the best vantage points in the region for spotting Humpback and other whales during their annual migration between May and November.
The coastal village is known to locals as Woopi. At the southern end you’ll find free barbecues and a children’s playground in the beachside reserve that hosts the legendary Curryfest in September and Blues and Berries music and food festival coming up in November. At the northern end is the colonial shipwreck the Buster, which ran aground in 1893. It’s not always visible but when it is, it’s spectacular.
Just behind Woopi is Woolgoolga Lake, a tranquil waterway where you can enjoy kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, a lovely place to picnic or barbecue with family and friends and allow the kids to splash around in the calm, shallow water.
Other beaches surrounding Woopi include Moonee, Emerald, Sandy, Safety, Mullaway, Arrawarra, Corindi and Red Rock, near the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre’s Bush Tucker Café and art gallery. There is something unique and special about each of the beaches throughout the Northern Beaches suburbs, and we encourage you to take the time to discover them all and decide on your favourites. From great rock pools to spectacular headland walks and views, you could spend a day or more in each one getting to know each of their special quirks.
Woolgoolga is home of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, an architectural landmark built in 1969 and opened in 1970. The large white temple was built by the town’s Sikh community, which first settled in Woolgoolga during World War II to work on the banana farms. The temple is open to visitors. The first Sikh Temple in Hastings Street is also undergoing a major renovation. Be sure to take a drive past when you’re in town next and admire the shining gold domes and exquisite architecture of the building, that will be sure to become an important community gathering place.
The beachside town celebrates its Punjabi heritage in many ways; two large and visible celebrations include Vaisakhi in April and of course Curryfest in September, the well-known festival of food, music and dancing that attracts thousands of visitors. You can also enjoy delicious Punjabi cuisine any time of the year in restaurants throughout Woolgoolga.
Speaking of food, Woolgoolga is fast becoming a foodie Mecca, with hip cafés and authentic and fusion ethnic cuisines from around the globe – not to mention the best fish and chips on the Coffs Coast and amazing new places to wine and dine opening every day.
If you like a good dose of nature on your day out along with your food, the beauty of the hinterland is enticing for picnics and bushwalking in subtropical rainforest. So, pop into any of the funky takeaway places and head for the Woolgoolga Creek picnic area in the Sherwood Nature Reserve. On the Falls walking track, you’ll wander by Blue Quandong – Blue Marble Trees – to a pretty waterfall.
If it all gets too much and you need to sleep over, accommodation options in Woolgoolga suit various budgets, from camping and caravanning in beachside holiday parks to beach houses, B&Bs and motels. If you’re a golfer, bring your clubs, as the Woolgoolga RSL Golf Club’s seaside 18-hole course is only a short drive north of the charming town.
And while the golfers are on the course, have a wander around the town and check out the eclectic mix of clothing and homeware boutiques that offer unique things to make you and your space stand out. There are so many funky shops peppering Woolgoolga’s main streets, with so many treasures and bargains to be found. Cute and clever gifts, a great next outfit, shoes, accessories and jewellery galore, or something unique to make your house a home. Take a wander through the town and discover these little gems that will keep you coming back for more.
Woolgoolga locals are very passionate about their local area. With a vibrant foodie scene, eclectic retail spaces and amazing landscape that surrounds the area, it is easy to see why.
If you’d like to know more about Woolgoolga or keep up to date with what’s happening on the Northern Beaches, head to our website www.woolgoolga.org.au or follow us on Facebook by searching Woolgoolga NSW; you can also follow us on Instagram @woolgoolga_nsw