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Things To Do In Wooli - Activities and Natural Attractions

Visiting Wooli on the NSW North Coast? Looking for things to do? With the Pacific Ocean, Solitary Islands Marine Park, the pristine Wooli Wooli River and the large Yuraygir National Park on your doorstep, Wooli offers plenty of activities and natural attractions.

Here are some ideas for things to do when you're staying in Wooli:


Wooli is surrounded by some excellent walking tracks and trails: in town, along the beach and river, up to Wilsons Headland and in Yuraygir National Park. The walking tracks range from 6.1km to 15.6km in length and are relatively flat and easy going. You may even see the endangered coastal emu Dramaius Novaehollandiae. Get a map from the visitor information centre or the Wooli River Lodges reception.


Dangle a line from the riverbank or in the estuary (flathead, whiting, bream), off the rock wall (jewfish, mangrove jack) or on the beach (bream, jewfish, tailor). Alternatively, launch a boat from one of Wooli’s boat ramps or go on a fishing charter (see below).

Fishing Charters & Whale-Watching Tours

Go river or deep-sea fishing with one of Wooli’s deep sea fishing operators, who can also take you out on a whale-watching cruise to see migrating Humpback whales between May and November:

  • Charon Fishing Charters. Phone: (02) 6649 7554
  • Wooli Deep Sea Tours. Website:
Diving & Snorkelling Tours

The Solitary Islands Marine Park, just off our coast, offers an unforgettable underwater world for you to enjoy. Wooli has an excellent scuba diving centre and PADI training facility offering snorkelling and diving tours and training. You can also try some easy snorkelling yourself in the Wooli River and at Diggers Camp.

River Tours

Private river charters (max. 14 people), eco tours, self-drive river boats (max. 12 people, no licenses required) are all available on the pristine Wooli Wooli River. Wooli River Explorer Website

Boat Hire

If you're staying at Wooli River Lodges, you can take out one of their 3-seater canoes free of charge. If it's a tinnie you're after, you can hire a runabout at Wooli River Boat Hire, which also rents out fishing gear.


Wooli has kilometres of beautiful, unspoilt beaches for you to enjoy, with beach patrols available during holiday periods. The Wooli Wooli River, one of the cleanest in Australia, has a sheltered lagoon at its mouth at high tide and is perfect for a calm swim in crystal clear waters. There is a cove and some great rock pools at Diggers Camp just north of Wooli. And if you’re staying at Wooli River Lodges, you can also take a refreshing dip in our riverside pool.


Bring your surfboard and surf some of the breaks or protected beaches along the outstretched coastline at Wooli and Minnie Waters and at Wilsons Headland (for more experienced surfers).


Keen photographers, both amateur and professional, love Wooli and its surroundings for its abundance of natural beauty, interesting landscapes and incredible birdlife and wildlife. Different times of the day and different seasons offer plenty of opportunities for some amazing shots you will be proud to show off.


Wooli is a veritable birdwatchers’ paradise. More than 188 species of birds can be found at Yuraygir National Park, which surrounds Wooli. See our Wooli bird watching page for details.


Lawn bowls is available at the Wooli Bowling & Recreation Club. Phone: (02) 6649 7525.


Play a game/set/match at the Wooli Tennis Courts. Phone: (02) 6649 7606.

Dining out

If you want to eat out in Wooli, you can choose from the following options:

  • Harry's Chinese Restaurant at the Wooli Bowling Club
  • Emilio's Bistro at the Wooli Hotel

Things to do in Wooli often involve the beautiful river or ocean