Wooli Dive Centre and Fishing Charters

Immediately off the Clarence Coast lies a magnificent underwater world that’s perfect for scuba diving and deep sea fishing.

If you’re keen to fish offshore or experience world-class diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, Wooli is the ideal place to base yourself.

And things are made easy for you by Wooli Dive Centre and Wooli Fishing Charters, run from the central Wooli Bait & Tackle store by friendly owners Stan and Claire Young.

Scuba diving and snorkelling

Wooli Dive Centre is a full-service scuba-diving and PADI training facility. Non-divers can choose to go snorkelling, while beginning divers can sign up for training and licenced divers can join a scuba-diving tour to the spectacular northern section of the Solitary Island Marine Park.

Wooli Dive Centre's scuba diving catamaranWooli Dive uses a 12-metre aluminium catamaran, ‘Kraken’, which has a large deck and has been specifically designed for scuba-diving trips.

From Wooli, it’s just a short 20-minute boat ride to the North Solitary Islands and Pimpernel Rock, where you’ll be amazed by the diversity of sea life, including anemone fish, turtles, rays and grey nurse sharks.

Dive sites around North Solitary include those with the lovely names of Anemone Bay, The Step, The Canyons, The Bubble Cave and Fish Soup. There are also protected bays and coves that are perfect for snorkelling. Pimpernel Rock is more isolated and houses an enormous cavern you can explore.

Website: woolidive.com.au

Deep sea fishing

Join Wooli Fishing Charters for a deep sea fishing trip and you’re guaranteed to be taken to all the right spots by skipper Stan Young, who has close to three decades of ocean fishing experience.

Wooli Fishing Charter boat and the Wooli Bait and Tackle store and accommodationYou can choose to go on a half-day or full-day fishing charter.

All you have to bring aboard the comfortable 36-foot Steber ‘Erebus’ is an esky to take home your catch. Everything else is provided, from rods and reels, bait and tackle to sandwiches, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Even the ice for your fish is taken care of.

What can you expect to catch? It depends on the time of year of course, but fish often caught off the Clarence Coast include snapper, jewfish, kingfish, amberjack, Spanish mackerel, pearl perch, samson, cobia, wahoo and more.

Website: woolifishingcharters.com.au

Find out more

You’ll find the Wooli Bait and Tackle store, Wooli Dive Centre and Wooli Fishing Charters at 43 Riverside Drive in the centre of Wooli, opposite the river jetty.

For enquiries or bookings, call (02) 6649 7100.

Websites for more information and photos: Wooli Dive Centre and Wooli Fishing Charters

The world's largest concentration of Anemone and Anemone Fish at Anemone Bay, North Solitary Islands