The Indian influence is most evident within Woolgoolga, a delightful seaside village about 580km north of Sydney and 26km north of Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of NSW
. The large Indian community here – primarily Sikh - enthusiastically supports the Raj Mahal Indian Cultural Centre, where you can get a scrummy meal. And then there's the impressive Guru Nanak Sikh temple, the impressive white façade of which dominates the hill where it stands beside the highway.
Completed early in 1970, it’s believed to be the oldest Sikh temple in Australia and it's open for inspection on weekends. The big Koh-I-Noor Indian restaurant just down the road in Woolgoolga helps complete the exotic picture, with large porcelain elephants guarding the entrance to its aesthetic and culinary delights.
Originally a cedar-cutting town, the locals tried their hands at sugar cane growing and banana growing before diversifying into all sorts of modern enterprises – from boat building to tropical plant propagation. The fishing, crabbing and prawning around Woolgoolga is renowned. Just 10km north of town is Yuraygir National Park, where you'll find kilometres of almost-deserted, pristine beaches, sand dunes, bushwalking trails and camping and picnicking spots.
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