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
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
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. https://www.wooli-minniewater.com.au/villages/wooli-nsw/history-of-wooli/
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.
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