Things to see and do

Things to see and do in Wooli NSW

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.

Boating and Canoeing on the Wooli River

Canoes – Free to use for guests – No visit to Wooli is complete without a paddle on our beautiful river! When you stay at Wooli River Lodges, canoeing is included in your stay. Guests are free to borrow one of our three canoes to explore the river. It’s just a few steps from your lodge to the river’s edge where our canoes are waiting for you.

Our Canoes – Our canoes are Old Town Rockport and are suitable for up to 3 people. There is a compartment for your valuables. Life jackets and paddles are supplied. Please contact us if you have any questions about our canoes or paddling on the Wooli River or book your stay now.


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. A delightful walk right from the lodges, starts at the telegraph pole opposite the entry to the lodges and takes you to the beach. You pass through spectacular heath lands and you’ll see the wide variety of plants and birds that the area is renowned for. Get a map from the visitor information centre or the Wooli River Lodges reception.


Wooli has long been famous for outstanding fishing, due to its distance from other coastal centres. 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.
Wooli Deep Sea Tours – 02 6649 7100 – 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.
Wooli Dive Centre –

River Tours

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

Call Bruce on – 0439 409 909
Wooli River Explorer – website

Boat hire

If you’re staying at Wooli River Lodges, you can take out one of our 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 River Lodges – Wooli River Canoeing
Wooli River Boat Hire – website


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 on 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. With the river just a few steps away and the vast wilderness of Yuraygir National Park just across the road and on the opposite side of the river, Wooli River Lodges is an ideal base for birdwatchers. Around 190 species of birds have been recorded at Yuraygir NP, 30 of which are listed as endangered.

Birds seen near Wooli River Lodges over 2 days in summer:

Brown Quail
Chestnut Teal
Australian Wood Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Pelican
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
White-faced Heron
Cattle Egret
Great Egret
Little Egret
Intermediate Egret
Nankeen Night Heron
Australian White Ibis
Black-shouldered Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea Eagle
Buff-banded Rail
Black-tailed Godwit
Eastern Curlew
Beach Stone Curlew
Masked Lapwing
Pied Oystercatcher
Silver Gull
Crested Tern
Peaceful Dove
Spotted Turtle-Dove
Crested Pigeon
Bar-shouldered Dove
Common Bronzewing
Glossy Black Cockatoo
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Rainbow Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Australian King Parrot
Eastern Rosella
Common Koel
Pheasant Coucal
Tawny Frogmouth
Laughing Kookaburra
Rainbow Bee-eater
Brown Treecreeper
Red-backed Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren
Southern Emu-wren
Little Wattlebird
Noisy Friarbird
Little Friarbird
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Noisy Miner
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbird (H)
Satin Flycatcher
Willie Wagtail
Grey Fantail
Black-faced Cuckoo shrike
Olive-backed Oriole
White-breasted Woodswallow
Pied Butcherbird
Australian Magpie
Torresian Crow
Welcome Swallow
Golden headed Cisticola
House Sparrow
Red-browed Finc

For groups and individuals – Bird watching groups are most welcome to stay at our quiet Wooli riverside accommodation. Please call to discuss options. Even if you’re not an avid bird watcher, it’s a good idea to bring binoculars when visiting Wooli, as you’re bound to hear or see interesting birds you’d want to have a closer look at – even right from the veranda of your lodge.

More birdwatching resources
To book a birdwatching tour, contact Simon Clayton of Birdrangers
For recent report on birds seen at Wooli River Lodges see here and here
For more information, please visit Lloyd Nielsen’s Birding Australia website.


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 and Emilio’s Bistro at the Wooli Hotel