Situated on the Coffs Coast is the delightful little seaside town of Woolgoogla. This town is a hidden gem, as what you see from driving down the highway past it gives away no clues. It is about a 4 hour drive south from Brisbane and about 20 mins north of Coffs Harbour.
Woolgoolga or “Little India” is about 20 mins drive north from Coffs Harbour on the coast.
Woolgoolga has the largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population in Australia, and they are now said to own 90% of the banana farms. They supply much of Australia with bananas, but this industry has declined in the face of competition. Recent times have seen many banana plantations replaced by blueberries after banana sales slumped.
Many of the locals refer to Woolgoolga as Woopi. I tried to find out why and no one actually knew. Possibly it is just a pet name or maybe Woolgoolga is difficult for some to pronounce or maybe it is the place to have fun, (make woopi)
Our friends recommended a seafood, fish and chip take away shop in Woolgoolga, called Whitesalt, so we drove up to check it out. We were very impressed with the extensive menu which offered most seafoods. We picked up our order of fish and chips and calamari, and then drove to the headland to enjoy and take in the view. The fish and chips were amazing, and we have now returned several times for more. The chips, or french fries, are hand made using locally grown Dorrigo potatoes.
While there, we also explored Woolgoolga and were pleasantly surprised as to how lovely the area is.
Not far from the town is the Woolgoolga creek and picnic area with facilities for family picnics. The creek flows in to the ocean which is not much further on and it is a popular water craft spot with easy access for launching surf skies, kayaks, canoes etc.
Woolgoolga is another delightful township on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The beautiful beaches stretch for many miles and there is always a place to catch a wave or just have a swim. There are many dog friendly beaches which makes life even nicer for us dog lovers.