Arrawarra Beach, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 4358

'Woopi' (as it is affectionately known to locals) is a charming and relaxed seaside town with a significant Sikh population. Punjabi migrants who were working on the Queensland cane fields headed south for work on banana plantations, many settling in Woolgoolga. Today Indians make up between a quarter and a half of the town's population, providing a unique cultural mix. The beaches are popular for fishing, surfing and swimming.

Visitor Information

Cnr Beach and Boundary sts; (02) 6654 8080


Nearby national parks

  • Yuraygir National Park

    Yuraygir National Park protects the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in New South Wales, a glorious sweep of beaches backed by...more

  • Dorrigo National Park

    Perched on the edge of the dramatic New England escarpment, Dorrigo National Park, with its high mist-shrouded plateau descending to...more

  • Guy Fawkes River National Park

    Guy Fawkes National Park in the state’s north-east is isolated, extensive and wild. The Guy Fawkes River winds its way through the...more

Nearby towns

  • Coffs Harbour

    Coffs Harbour, a subtropical holiday town on Coffs Coast, is known for its banana plantations (and the iconic Big Banana) and for its great...more

  • Urunga

    Urunga is a sleepy, attractive town at the junction of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers and is regarded by locals as one of the best fishing...more

  • Bellingen

    Bellingen is an attractive tree-lined town on the banks of the Bellinger River, surrounded by rich pasturelands. Traditionally serving dairy...more

In Town

Guru Nanak Sikh Temple: spectacular white temple with gold domes; River St.

Woolgoolga Art Gallery: exhibits local works; Turon Pde.


Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre The focus of this centre is to help Aboriginal and Islander peoples maintain their heritage while teaching others about it. Visitors are encouraged to browse through the rooms of locally produced art, craft, books and CDs. The Bush Tucker Cafe offers meals with an Indigenous twist. Tours offered through the local area explore middens, ochre quarries and campsites while teaching about bush tucker and natural medicines. Stone and tool workshops and accommodation are also offered. Red Rock Rd; (02) 6649 2669; 10 km N.

Yuraygir National Park: Woolgoolga section is excellent for bushwalking, canoeing, fishing, surfing, swimming, picnicking and camping on unspoiled coastline; 10 km N.

Wedding Bells State Forest: subtropical and eucalypt forest with walking trails to Sealy Lookout and Mt Caramba Lookout; 14 km NW.

Fishing spots near town

Coffs Harbour - Fishing Sub-region 22 km

My introduction to fishing north of Sydney was at Coffs Harbour, an area with a diverse range of options. The first time I fished here I was into land-based game and spent most of my time on the ledges of Mutton Bird... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling around Armidale and Coffs Harbour 22 km

A 5-kilometre bicycle track leads from Harris Park in Armidale to the University of New England. Bikes can be hired from Armidale Bicycle Centre or the University’s Sports Union. The 26-kilometre-return ride from... Find out more

Bush-tucker tasting - Macksville 71 km

Sample some Australian bushfoods at Valley of the Mist near Macksville, a farm dedicated to sustainable methods. You will taste bush fruits, nuts, herbs and condiments and have a tour of the farm. You can also take a... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Bonville Golf Resort 31 km

Bonville is Australia’s most beautiful inland course. Carved from 250 hectares of flooded gums and blackbutt forest, with small pockets of subtropical rainforest, Bonville is often described as Australia’s... Find out more

Campsites around town

Bush camping areas 18 km

Self-sufficient campers armed with detailed, up-to-date topographic maps can access a number of good spots throughout the forest, either on foot, horseback or mountain-bike.... Find out more

Station Creek camping area 19 km

This is a popular spot in peak periods, positioned by a peaceful creek with access through the sand dunes to the beach. Bring a canoe and go for a paddle, or set out on the Corkwood and Scribbly Gum Walk (1.5 km, 1 hr... Find out more

Pebbly Beach camping area 20 km

This is a top spot in a bay north of Station Creek Beach, with 60 campsites surrounded by banksias and horse-tail she-oaks. Sites are large and spread out behind the beach. There is a pleasant walk north to Freshwater... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 29 km

This well-appointed caravan park is on Lyons Rd, about 8 km south of Coffs Harbour. You’ve got easy access to the beach and a wide range of accommodation options, including powered and unpowered sites, villas and... Find out more

Bindarri camping areas (walk-in and bush camping) 32 km

Walk-in bush camping is possible throughout the park – facilities such as toilets, picnic tables and wood fireplaces are only available at Bindarray and Bangalore picnic areas, so you’ll need to be... Find out more

Boorkoom camping area 34 km

In the southern section of Yuraygir National Park, small and secluded Boorkoom is north of Wooli near Diggers Camp. The 10 campsites here aren’t suitable for caravans or camper trailers; access is via the unsealed... Find out more

Diggers Headland Reserve Camping Ground 34 km

There are up to 26 camping sites here, tucked in among coastal banksias, only a stone’s throw from the beach. To get here, follow Diggers Camp Rd off Wooli Rd, about 12 km north of Wooli. It’s a pretty basic... Find out more

Rocky Point camping area (walk-in camping) 40 km

This is a walk-in camping area with no facilities, accessible via an easy 100 m walking track leading from Illaroo camping area. Campfires are not permitted, so bring your own gas/fuel stove and drinking water.... Find out more

Illaroo camping area 40 km

Just north of Minnie Water, via Minnie Water Rd off Wooli Rd, this is a large and spacious camping area with 60 sites shared between Illaroo north and Illaroo south. There’s room for tents, campervans and trailers.... Find out more

The Junction camping area 40 km

Take the Black Mountain Rd south from Nymboida, Glenreagh or Lowanna and turn onto Junction Rd, a 1.4 km unsealed road suitable for 4WDs only – unless you’re prepared to walk or paddle in. Once there,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Woolgoolga Beach Caravan Park 1 km

This popular beachfront park is 100 metres from the centre of town, next to the surf club with views out to sea. There are good amenities but no unpowered sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Big4 Emerald Beach Holiday Park 6 km

This is a quality park with comprehensive facilities and excellent amenities. It is located in a picturesque beachside location, with good access to the Pacific Highway. Swimming, surfing and fishing are all popular... Find out more

NRMA Darlington Beach Resort & Holiday Park 7 km

This popular park has very good quality facilities. It offers absolute beach frontage, a restaurant, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, outdoor bowling area and archery range. Bookings are required in peak periods... Find out more

The Lorikeet Tourist Park 8 km

This wonderful park has excellent facilities, including a games room and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. It is easily accessible from the highway, with good access to long stretches of beach. Bookings are... Find out more

Moonee Beach Holiday Park 11 km

This popular beachfront caravan park has basic facilities, but does have a tennis court and open grassy sites with views out to sea. Swimming is good, as are the nature walks around the reserve. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Sapphire Beach Holiday Park 13 km

A lovely, shady beachside park south of Moonee Beach, 9 km north of Coffs Harbour. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and Easter. Pets are only allowed in the off-peak... Find out more

Park Beach Holiday Park 21 km

This is a large beachfront council park 4 km from the centre of town and close to the popular jetty precinct. The park boasts a wide range of facilities, including cabins, amenities blocks, a water park and an inground... Find out more

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park 30 km

This large, spacious park has a wonderful outlook over the ocean and is just a short walk from Sawtell shopping centre. A pool is just across the road. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay... Find out more

Urunga Heads Holiday Park 46 km

On the river estuary at Urunga, this park is an excellent overnight stop. It is far enough off the highway to be quiet and has an excellent outlook, with a shopping centre nearby. The park is busy in peak periods and... Find out more

The Gateway Village 55 km

This is a very good quality caravan park, 3.5 km north of the town centre, along the Summerland Way. Good facilities and a lovely garden setting make this an attractive spot for those wishing to explore Grafton. Bookings... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Halcyon Retreat

With self-contained suites ideal for one or two couples, in 2.5 hectares of tropical gardens and woodlands, complete with picnic facilities, this comfortable and air-conditioned place is just a short hop from... Find out more

Waterside Cabins at Woolgoolga

This lush resort-style accommodation is close to the beach and Hearnes Lake. There is an enticing variety of villas and spa cabins, contemporary in style and with private decks and barbecues.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen 50 km

The owners of this stylish B&B have spent seven years revegetating and securing wildlife corridors along the riparian zone here, planting some 4000 trees and 2000 reeds, resulting in an increase in bandicoots,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Woolgoolga rest area

At Woolgoolga

Just off the highway in the middle of town.

Halfway Creek rest area 22 km

26km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 34km S of Grafton (L)

Large grassed area just off the highway behind the roadhouse.

Glenugie Creek rest area 40 km

45km N of Woolgoolga (L) or 15km S of Grafton (R)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

McPhillips Creek rest area 45 km

50km N of Woolgoolga (R) or 10km S of Grafton (L)

Just off the highway behind a few trees.

Gumma Reserve camping area 69 km

T/O at Macksville

Large campground located 7km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Partridge St, Wills St and Gumma Rd.

Macksville park area 71 km

At Macksville

Just off the highway on the north side of the river.

Maclean park area 71 km

At Maclean

Small area on the riverbank just off the highway at Ferry Park Café.

What's on around town

Market: Beach St; 2nd Sat each month.

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