Great beaches and delicious curries
Woolgoolga is a gorgeous destination, with beaches popular for surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Headlands are great for whale watching, too. Enjoy the town’s rich Punjabi heritage with authentic Punjabi cooking in restaurants and Curryfest, a food festival.
Woolgoolga is home of Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, an architectural landmark and a popular attraction. The large white temple was built by the seaside town’s Sikh community, whose ancestors travelled to the mid North Coast of NSW around the time of Australian Federation in 1901.
The town celebrates the Punjabi heritage of Woolgoolga with Curryfest, an annual festival of food, music and dancing that draws thousands. You can also enjoy delicious Punjabi cuisine any time of the year in restaurants in Woolgoolga, just 25 minutes’ drive north of Coffs Harbour.
The natural beauty around Woolgoolga is perfect for picnics and bushwalking, too. Pack a hamper and head for Woolgoolga Creek in Sherwood Nature Reserve or Woolgoolga Beach, where you can go surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Known to locals as Woopi, the beach is host to the Woopi Tri Festival, a triathlon. Other beaches include Mullaway, Arrawarra, Corindi and Red Rock.
Accommodation options in Woolgoolga suit a range of budgets, from retreats to waterside holiday parks. You can camp at Station Creek, 14 km from Woolgoolga, in Yuraygir National Park, the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in NSW.
To get to Woolgoolga from Sydney or Brisbane, drive along the gorgeous Legendary Pacific Coast touring route or take a train to Coffs Harbour Station, where you board a bus. You can also fly to Coffs Harbour Airport, where you can rent a car for the short drive north to Woolgoolga.