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Idyllic seaside hamlet of Wooli has timeless appeal

WOOLI - it's just too beautiful for words really.

Over the years, the idyllic seaside hamlet has seen its ups and downs, but there's one thing that has not disappeared - it's raw natural charm.

With the turquoise estuary of the Wooli River on the western side of "old Wooli" and the mighty Pacific Ocean about 100 metres to the east along some parts of the peninsula, the hamlet is like a magnet for anglers, whether they be first-timers off the bank or seasoned veterans who take on the challenging bar.

Families enjoy the tidal flats in the estuary and the highly energetic have been known to swim or boat across the river and take on the spectacular sand dunes about 300m from the river mouth.

Personally, I can thank Wooli oysters converting me to the unrivalled taste of fresh oysters.

But, just like a junkie chasing that first hit (freshly shucked about two years ago now), I haven't been able to find better.

When the Wooli Hotel decides to lash out on a band occasionally, the night is spectacular - watch out for New Year's (we can only hope).

On any given night of the week though, the pizzas at the pub are spectacular, and the beer is always cold.

And let's not forget Harry's Chinese in the Wooli Bowling Club - widely reported as one of the best Chinese eateries in the Valley.

Maybe the town's culinary fortitude comes from its grassroots - the Wooli Public School's award-winning vegetable garden is renowned nationally.

With new paths and a skate park provided by Clarence Valley Council, the village is shaping up for the future.

 

And if that wasn't enough, diving - whether it be snorkelling or scuba - is said to be world-class at the Solitary Islands Marine Park which is accessible through the Wooli bar.

One more thing - the Australian Goanna Pulling Championships is held every year (this year on September 30) at Wooli and now, 27 years after the first event, attracts visitors from around the world.

Readers love Wooli for its natural beauty and fun

THE Daily Examiner asked our Facebook fans for comments on Wooli on Saturday. Here's what the Wooli-lovers had to say:

Meghan Haines:
I spent my first 14 Christmases at Wooli, in a tiny caravan, with four other people; no power, we had to make ice blocks daily for our "freezer", and we relied on board games for entertainment, as we had no TV. Our lights were connected to Dad's car battery. I learnt how to fish, crab, open oysters, catch yabbies, drive a boat. Afternoons were spent playing touch footy in the middle of the river at low tide and we stayed up riding our bikes with the other kids until late. I discovered deep- fried ice cream at Harry's, and requested to go there each birthday. The Christmas Mum and Dad sold, I cried (I've travelled the world, and Wooli is still my home away from home, with memories that will last a life time!!

Stephanie Haines:
Spent about 20 Christmas hols in beautitul Wooli... wonderful memories of the kids enjoying three wonderful TV-free weeks... just lots of swimming, fishing, boating etc in the river near Bushland caravan park.

Amy Morgan:
There is a great little spot down a hidden track with the best fishing, safe for the kids. Hate the fact they put a gate on the track
Goanna pulling is also great for all the family, a great day growing every year. Woodchop and tug-o-war were highlights back in the day and there has even been a song written about it

Nick Campbell:
Love Wooli for fishing, crabbing and the kids love climbing the massive sand hill. It's a hard climb but the view at the top is worth it. Overall Wooli has everything u could want for a beach town

Brendan Palmer:
Love taking the kids to the quiet little beach in behind the monument; it's a great spot for young kids.

Patrick Allen:
Caught my biggest flathead at Wooli... and proposed to my wife there too!

Jayne Grieve:
Harry's Chinese restaurant at Wooli is the best ever. Highly recommended.

Meryl Walsh:
Just love the peace and quiet pace of Wooli, been coming for 40 yrs

Masterpiece Landscaping:
Wooli is the BEST!

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