Woolgoolga – affectionately known as ‘Woopi’ among locals – is a pleasant seaside town 25km north of Coffs Harbour. You know you’re there when you see the stunning white domes of a Sikh Temple on top of the hill along the old Pacific HIghway now known as Solitary Islands Way.
The town has the largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population in Australia. The imposing Guru Nanak Sikh Gurudwara (Sikh Temple) is not only the town’s No.1 landmark but also the place of worship for the local Punjabi Sikh community, who make up half of Woolgoolga’s population. The temple is open to visitors on weekends.
Things to See and Do
- A stroll through Woolgoolga will reveal plenty of cafés and restaurants – offering not just Indian but plenty of other cuisines. Wander around the lovely township and browse the surf and clothing stores, art and craft shops and the art gallery on Turon Parade.
- Pick up some local fare, soak up the beachside atmosphere and enjoy live entertainment at the Bollywood Beach Bazaar (1st and 4th Saturday of the month) and the Woolgoolga Beach Markets (2nd Saturday each month).
- The town is also known for an exciting and colourful food & cultural festival – Woolgoolga Curryfest – held in April each year. With an abundance of Indian and curry-themed food, music, dance, parades, stalls and more, Curryfest draws visitors from around the country.
- Woolgoolga Beach stretches from the picturesque picnic spots at Woolgoolga Lake to the headland above town.
- Immediately behind the patrolled southern end of the beach is the reserve with a playground, electric barbecues, picnic shelters, toilets, showers and a boat ramp.
- Woolgoolga Headland is known as Whale Watch Headland. With some of the best coastal views in NSW, it’s the perfect place to see migrating Humpback Whales pass the coast between May and November. Dolphins are also often seen playing in the waves at Woolgoolga Back Beach. It is truly a magical spot to stop and rest and take in nature at its best.
- About 4km inland are Sherwood Nature Reserve and Woolgoolga Picnic Area. Enjoy the 2km riverside walk along Woolgoolga Creek through subtropical rainforest to the spectacular waterfall, keeping an eye out for some of the 80 species of birds living in this rainforest.