You’ll need to make a detour off the Pacific Motorway to get to Wooli. Perhaps that’s why this tiny coastal hamlet in the Clarence Valley on the North Coast of NSW has remained almost a complete secret to visitors, except for surfers and avid fishermen. But Wooli is well worth the journey.

Fishing at Wooli in Clarence Valley, North Coast

On the water

Wooli sits on a narrow peninsula surrounded by the pristine Yuraygir National Park, the Wooli Wooli River and the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Fishing is legendary here, especially on the estuary and beaches. Cast a line off the breakwater and you’re almost certain to land a fish. Hire riverboats from Wooli River Boat Hire to fish the calm waterways.

Take to the estuary on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard – hire them from Stellar Water Sports. Kangaroos hop on the river banks and yellow-tailed black cockatoos fly above. Keep your eyes open for stingrays and turtles. Oysters and mud crabs are harvested in the river and nothing beats eating these fresh.

Snorkelling Near Wooli in Clarence Valley, North Coast

Beaches and coastal walks

Wooli Beach curves 6.6km north from the breakwater to Wilsons Head. The beach breaks at the southern end near the wall create perfect tubes for surfers. Wooli Dive Centreoffer whale-watching cruises as well as fishing, diving and snorkelling tours. This is one of the best diving spots in the world, with over 90 species of hard coral and over 550 reef fish species.

The Wilsons Headland walking track meanders along the coastline, past empty beaches and perfect coves you’ve never heard of. The lookouts along the 3km trail give sweeping views of the entire marine park, where you’ll look down on pods of dolphins and cruising turtles. You can spot humpback and other whales migrating between May and November.

Wooli Beach in Wooli, Clarence Valley, North Coast

Getting there and where to stay

Wooli is a 6hr 40min drive north of Sydney and four hours’ south of Brisbane. You can also fly into Clarence Valley Regional Airport near Grafton, a 40min drive to the southwest. There are riverside accommodation options near town as well as north at Diggers Camp and Minnie Water, two beachside villages close to national park campgrounds.


Newcastle Airport

Fly into Clarence Valley Airport

Clarence Valley Regional Airport is located 12km from Grafton’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip northwest. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express flies direct between Sydney and Clarence Valley Regional Airport three days a week. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney for travel into Grafton.

Things to Do and Places to Stay