WOOLGOOLGA

Woolgoolga is a resort town encounted when traveling between Coffs Harbour and Grafton. Woolgoolga is not a big town, but all essential services are on offer for the visitor. Woolgoolga is that classic holiday town that has ‘unwind’ written all over it. This is a nice spot.

What is very different about Woolgoolga was it was the early centre of Sikh migration to Australia. Sikhs had migrated to New South Wales and Queensland prior to the imposition of the prohibition of non-European migration under the White Australia Policy in 1901 and many of them then led a marginalised life on the north coast of New South Wales and in southeastern Queensland. Some Sikhs began to settle in Woolgoolga during World War II, because war-time labour shortages led to a relaxation of the previous prohibition of non-European labour in the banana industry. After the war they were able to acquire leasehold and freehold banana plantations. Woolgoolga has the largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population in Australia, and they are now said to own 90% of the banana farms. When entering Woolgoola from the south the Sikh Temple is a profound entry to the town.

The area has long been a centre of banana growing in New South Wales, but this industry has declined in the face of competition from Queensland and overseas. Timbergetting and sawmilling was established in 1883. A Government Jetty was constructed in 1892 upon which tramways were laid. These led to saw mills in the town which in turn were connected by light railway to the Jesse Simpson Range forest areas.

The Woolgoolga War Memorial acknowledgments are at the RSL.

The Woolgoolga Hotel is located at the highway and near the entry road to the township.

The Woolgoolga congregational churches are all represented and are represented with modern buildings.

Woolgoolga is a holiday type of town and if s stopover can be planned that would be a bonus for the traveler.

Heritage diary

 

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course