Events

Launch of the Woolgoolga Heritage Walk


Welcome to Country
Garby elder Aunty Marg performing Welcome to Country

Heritage Walk Launch
L to R: Norm Michener, Karen Sedgewick, Pamela Fayle, John Arkan, Joy Richardson,Nola Mackey, David Fayle.

Cutting the ribbon
Don Clinch and Andrew Fraser cut the ribbon.

Woolgoolga scouts
Woolgoolga Scouts constructed a traditional bush flagpole and raised the Australian flag.



Curryfest

 
Photo: Daniel Scott

Woolgoolga Curryfest, initiated by the Woolgoolga Chamber of Commerce, is a signature annual event which celebrates the cultural diversity of Woolgoolga and surrounding communities. In 2011 approximately 11,000 people enjoyed the 6th annual Woolgoolga Curryfest.

The curry theme links our major ethnic group, the Sikh Indians (largest regional Sikh settlement in Australia) as well as representations from many other groups from Germany, Thailand, Holland, England, and Scotland. Usually held in April, the Woolgoolga Curryfest showcases multicultural cuisine, traditional and modern dances, music, comedy, arts and crafts.

Australian Bluewater Freediving Classic (Spearfishing)

   
Photo: Coffs Coast Independent

The annual Australian Bluewater Freediving Classic (Spearfishing) is proudly hosted by the Coffs Harbour Bluewater Freedivers in March each year. This competition is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the Australian spearfishing competition calendar. The format of the competition is a restricted take of pelagic and highly migratory species. Divers of all levels are encouraged to participate with arrangements made to include boat as well as shore-based diving.

The venue for the competition includes but is not limited to the Solitary Islands Marine Park. All competitors start from the small craft launch in Woolgoolga, NSW. The venue is suitable for family holidays and divers are strongly encouraged to make a family trip out of the opportunity.

On both the Saturday and Sunday the Rotary Club of Woolgoolga auctions the fish. The freedivers generously provide Rotary with a significant portion of the proceeds from the auction. This money is put towards community projects.

At this event on 16 March 2013 Trevor Wistaff became a legend in the free diving world when he eventually landed this massive 165kg black marlin.

Bollywood Markets

Photo: annamariacom.blogspot.com

Come and enjoy live music, hot food, craft items, fresh produce and the Woolgoolga beach. Bollywood Market is held on 1st and 4th Saturday of every month at Woolgoolga Beach Reserve, located on the corner of Beach and Ocean Street.

Rotary Monthly Auction

 

The Woolgoolga Rotary Auction of used household goods takes place the 1st Saturday of every month except January.  Location is the Rotary shed behind the CWA, next to the RSL club in Beach St (parking available behind the RSL club).  Smaller items are on sale in the shed from 10.30am and larger items are on display.  The auction of those larger items begins at 1pm. The CWA provides a sausage sizzle and cake stall throughout the morning and at lunchtime.

Glenreagh Timber Festival

  

Glenreagh has a rich history in timber dating back to the first settlement in the Orara Valley in 1858. The first settlers were farmers, then timber getters and then miners when gold was discovered. However, as the gold dwindled and the country was opening up with railway and road construction the need for timber saw the districts rich timber resources vital for progress, and so Glenreagh’s long history with timber began its march to the present day.  The coming of the railway in 1915, then to Dorrigo in 1924 guaranteed the longevity of Glenreagh's timber industry.