Sunset on Wooli River at Solitary Islands Resort

Wooli is practically an island – a three kilometre long finger of land surrounded by the Pacific on one side and the glorious Wooli Wooli River on the other. This is a beach town with saltwater in its veins. This section of coastline forms the northern sector of the Solitary Islands Marine Park which protects the estuaries, beaches and islands 

Beach at Wooli

The beach ends abruptly at the break wall that herds the Wooli Wooli River out to sea, and this southern corner is where a lot of the action happens: Fishing off the wall, surfing the beach breaks, 4WD access, Marine Rescue HQ, and fishing boats crossing the bar

Rock wall construction at the Wooli Wooli river entrance

Wooli Wooli River rocks walls

With some 20 commercial fishing boats working Wooli, port works commenced in the 1960s resulting in the river entrance being ‘trained’ by rock walls and a permanent sealed road constructed along the terrace to the river entrance.

Wooli Volunteer Fire Brigade (est. 1966), Wooli Rescue Squad (est. 1978), NSW Police and SES (est 2002) provide emergency services to a community that now caters for a growing tourist population seeking to enjoy the diving, fishing and sightseeing in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the flora and fauna of the Yuraygir National Park and Wooli Wooli River.

The first oyster leases in Wooli were established in 1885, costing 1 pound per annum.

Fishing, lobster trapping, boat building and oyster farming were significant activities during the 1900s, with large hauls of mullet and lobster not uncommon during the 1940s to 1960s. You can buy oysters and fish from the shop opposite next to the Caravan Park.

Life saving Club headquarters overlooks the patrolled beach.