In the 1940's, a number of Punjabi migrants, working in the Queensland canefields decided to move down the coast to Woolgoolga. Today, it's a peaceful beachside village, surrounded by banana plantations. They were the ancestors of the town's Sikh community and represent about a quarter of the total population of around 5,000 people today.
Every year in April the Sikhs of Woolgoolga stage a colourful celebration of culture and cuisine - the Woolgoolga Curryfest. Fifty vendors provide a wide variety of curry dishes and there are cooking demonstrations, music and dance.
Another interesting thing about Woolgoolga is their old shipwreck. One hundred and sixteen years ago a 310 ton 39m timber ship (Barquentine) called the Buster arrived at Woolgoolga to load timber for shipment to New Zealand. She was built in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1884. She put down 2 anchors and ran a cable to a buoy near the Woolgoolga jetty but when a storm blew up, both anchor cables snapped, leaving the Buster held by one single buoy. After nine hours of huge seas and gale-force winds, the cable snapped and she beached stern-first not far from the jetty.
Normally, you can't see any sign of the Buster but in April this year, after the foods, the sand was flushed away and you could see her quite clearly sticking out of the sand, the first time in 15 years. Today, she is barely visible at all.
We have a large, grassy beach-front site and there is a peaceful walk along the lake that eventually runs out into the sea.