Woolgoolga is beautiful seaside town on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
The population of Woolgoolga is 5,000 people, the median age is 54 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population.
Woolgoolga is on the Pacific Highway, approximately 550 km (just over six hours) north of Sydney and 365 km (just over 4 hours) south of Brisbane. The closest city to Woolgoolga is Coffs Harbour, which lies 25 minutes to the south.
Woolgoolga is famous for its large Indian community, its Sikh temples and its Indian restaurants.
The closest regional airport is Coffs Harbour Airport, 25 minutes south of Woolgoolga. Direct flights operate daily to and from Sydney, and weekly to and from Melbourne, with three operators, QantasLink, Tiger Air and Virgin Australia, servicing the region.
The main industries people from Woolgoolga work in are:
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Retail Trade
- Education and Training
The nearest hospital to Woolgoolga is Coffs Harbour Health Campus which is 25 minutes to the south and is the major referral hospital for the Coffs Network of the Mid North Coast Local Health District.
Coffs Harbour Health Campus is a 292 bed facility that provides a broad range of services including general medicine, surgery, day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care (including coronary angiography unit), intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24-hour Emergency Department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics.
Woolgoolga is serviced by NSW Ambulance Service.
Moonee Beach Medical Centre
Woolgoolga has one public and one private primary school along with one public secondary school.
The nearby regional centre of Coffs Harbour offers a broad range of public and private education options including tertiary campuses for North Coast TAFE and Southern Cross University.
For young families the Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour region offers a wide range of options suitable for children from six weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
Woolgoolga has an excellent shopping centre and also boasts a wide variety of unique retail outlets where you will find everything from Stylish boutiques to homewares and that unusual gift.
Coffs Harbour, 25 minutes to the south, offers an abundance of shopping options. There is The Promenade shopping precincts, Coffs Central and Coffs Harbour City Centre shopping centres as well as Park Beach Plaza with over 120 specialty shops.
Places of worship in Woolgoolga include Anglican, All Nation Churches, Australian Christian Churches, Baptist, Christian Life Centre and Jehovah’s Witness churches and the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple.
Woolgoolga’s architectural landmark is Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, a huge and imposing white structure. You can visit the temple, enjoy authentic Punjabi cooking in local restaurants and enjoy cultural performances plus great food at Woolgoolga Curryfest, which is held each Easter.
Woolgoolga Headland is known as Whale Watch Headland, with some of the best coastal views in NSW and is the perfect place to see migrating Humpback Whales pass the coast between the months of May and November.
For the more active minded, you can cycle the bikeways or take a walk along 2.2 km Woolgoolga Heritage Walk, which incorporates the whale watching headland and the Coastal Walk.
The Coffs Coast is just 25 minutes to the south and offers a broad range of entertainment options.