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Fishing in Wooli

Let’s get straight to the point: Wooli on the NSW North Coast is a fantastic fishing destination.

12 reasons Wooli is great for fishing trips:
Fishing in the pristine & healthy Wooli Wooli River
Quiet place off the beaten track
Good boat ramps
Accessible river banks
Breakwall & river entrance
Beach gutters
Canoe to a remote fishing spot in the Wooli Wooli River
Fishing tackle shop
Deep-sea fishing operators
No commercial fishing industry
Wide range of accommodation options
Pubs, takeaways, bistros and restaurant

No wonder many fishing enthusiasts plan regular fishing trips to this quiet holiday village in Northern NSW.

If you spend a little time getting to know the area and you pay attention to the tides, water temperatures, rainfall and time of year, you’ll be likely to reap the rewards.

Tinny hire available in Wooli. Talk to the locals or catch up with Stan Young at Wooli Bait & Tackle to get some insider tips.

Protected from the south and the west, Wooli has its own microclimate and is the perfect base for a winter escape.

Fishing in the tidal Wooli Wooli River can be productive all year round, with an excellent supply of bream, whiting, flathead, tailor, mullet and many other species.

The river can be negotiated by small boat or canoe for about 20 km, and the deeper areas are ideal for tinnies or fishing boats up to 16 ft. At low tides, you should be cautious of sandbars.

The area is part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park but there are large areas of the park that can be fished. Check the signs or pick up a copy of the Marine Park zoning map before venturing out.

Wooli Entrance
The breakwall at the river entrance can produce some exceptional catches, especially at night. Expect to catch bream, luderick, mulloway, blackfish, tailor and flathead. Big mangrove jacks can be caught at night in summer months.

Use prawns and both cut and live baits for best results.

Wooli Wooli River entrance

Wooli Racks
The area around the floating oyster racks in the Wooli Wooli River produce good-sized bream, especially through the cooler months, and flathead tend to lie under the edges of the racks. Take care not to touch the oyster racks themselves, which are on commercial leases.

Use prawns, live poddy mullet and larger soft plastic lures in gold, pink and green for best results when the water is clear.

Wooli Forks
The Bookham River arm marks the start of the sanctuary. From here you can only fish the southern end.

Deep Hole
Below the power lines is a deep hole and this is a good place to catch big flathead and trevally, and even the odd mangrove jack on a run-out tide, especially in the warmer months. Whiting can be taken off the adjacent sand flats.

Try live baits such as poddy mullet and larger soft plastic shad-style lures with half-ounce jig heads in black and gold colours.

Wooli Rock Bar
This mark is more a navigational mark than a fishing spot and care should be taken when boating in this area. The rock bar can only be navigated in a boat on the biggest tides and is really only canoe country from here on.

Trevally, mangrove jack and flathead can be caught here during large run-out tides, especially after decent rain. Gentle fishing off the old Wooli river wharf. Use live baits or hard gold stick bait type (bomber-type lures) for best results.

Wooli Wharf
The old fishing co-op wharf in the centre of Wooli is worth a try for bream.

Wooli Beach
The best gutters are up the beach near Wilson Head. The beach is fished mostly for mulloway, bream and tailor.

Wooli beach

Planning a fishing weekend, midweek or longer is easy as Pacific Dawn Beachfront Apartments is the perfect spot to bring your haul back to and rest up for another day of fishing. There is ample onsite parking for your vehicles & boats & you’re just a short drive to the boat ramps.

Happy Fishing!

Original author: Wooli & Minnie Water



Little Fish Espresso Café at Wooli

We are so lucky to have Little Fish Espresso in Wooli, NSW.  Rest assured you can have the best of both worlds with this fantastic café located just a five minute stroll from your Wooli accommodation, Pacific Dawn Luxury Beachfront Apartments.

Little Fish is run by the dynamic duo of Dani & Taro. Dani holds the fort at the front with an ever ready smile brewing up a range of amazing hot and cold beverages. Dani uses Bun Coffee from Byron Bay which is a pleasure to drink (a little hug in a mug!).

Taro, who is a serious chef in the kitchen, puts his love of local produce and immense talent into every dish he creates. Fresh, tasty & wholesome – perfect holiday fare. The café serves an array of breakfast and lunch dishes with the blackboard menu changing daily.

This intimate café has a wonderful warmth to it that comes from the combination of passionate owners who love what they do in our little slice of paradise – Wooli! This family team certainly has the work/life balance thing going on. They may disagree during mid summer when we welcome thousands of tourists to Wooli and Minnie Waters!

Be sure to drop into Little Fish Espresso at 33 Main Street, Wooli from 7am to 2pm Thursday to Monday. (Closed Tuesday & Wednesday) but thankfully open 7 days during peak holiday periods for your caffeine fix!

Don’t take our word for it – see below for some great reviews from Facebook & Trip Advisor:


Great Coffee, delicious carrot cake muffins, delicious food for breakfast, morning coffee and for lunch. This cafe is an unexpected gem in this cute little town. The owner is lovely and her staff are very efficient. If you go to Wooli you must visit this cafe.


This little cafe never disappoints, in fact it exceeds our expectations every time! The food is like a dream come true and the owners are the loveliest people ever. I love everything but especially the daily baked muffins and chicken mornay pies w/ salad.


Excellent coffee and food – we visited Little Fish every morning of our holiday for coffee and croissants and will definitely be back next time we’re in Wooli. The owners are just so lovely too.


Awesome Cafe here in Wooli, Smoothies are to die for as are the pepper steak pies.


Amazing coffee, great food, wonderful service

One of the highlights of going to Wooli for a break away from it all is knowing I don’t have to forego good coffee. In fact it’s better coffee that you get in most trendy city cafes. Dani and Taro have got it spot on – great takeaway food (home made pies, sausage rolls and dream-worthy muffins) – as well as beautiful breakfasts and lunches to have there sitting in the sun. I’m so happy they brought their amazing skills and friendly service to Wooli.


Stunning coffee and outstanding service.

Dani and Taro are just the best when it comes to good coffee and a delicious small selection of great cafe food. Quality is the key but personal service makes it special every time we visit.


Amazingly Delicious

Wow what a great little cafe, friendly service (thanks Dani) and exceptional food. The pies and the pork wraps are wonderful but the BEST home baked custard tarts we have ever tasted were the highlight.

A Unique Family Event in Wooli – Goanna Pulling Championships


This year on Sunday, 30 September, Wooli will play host to the 33rd annual Australian Goanna Pulling Championships.

You may ask what this is all about and Warning Spoiler Alert – there are no actual goannas used during this family friendly festival in Wooli.

The Australian Goanna Pulling Championships is where two combatants face off on all fours on Goanna Mountain for a tug of war style competition. There are weight categories for the men’s and women’s event for the chance to win the prized belt and prize money.

This flagship event is a popular draw card for the sleepy, yet stunning coastal town of Wooli in Northern New South Wales. It attracts upwards of 3,000 visitors to the town every October Long Weekend.

Commencing at 9am the fun packed day includes age & novelty races for all to participate. Stand back and watch in amazement as the woodchoppers demonstrate their precision chopping skills and individual events.

This truly is a unique event that is fun for the whole family. Other events include:

  • Tug of war Brick carrying races
  • North Coast Axeman event
  • Sprint age races
  • Market stalls
  • Food & beverage stalls
  • Carnival rides
  • Live Music

The whole Wooli community turns out for this event and is only made possible with the support of the Wooli Rural Fire Service, Wooli SES and Wooli Volunteer Marine Rescue as well as the wider Clarence Valley region.

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