THERE'S something magical about sailing on the Wooli Wooli River during a king tide.
Beautiful riverside locations, usually inaccessible due to the low water line, are suddenly approachable for a few precious days every month when the moon is full.
Now Wooli businessman Bruce Langham, from Wooli River Boat Hire, wants to share the experience of sailing on a king tide when there is plenty of water on which to explore.
From the full moon in February, King Tide Tours started a special event where anyone could experience the pristine natural waterway in all its glory.
“The Wooli Wooli River is a gorgeous place, but some areas along the riverbank are only able to be seen during a high tide so I thought I'd introduce a new tour on a king tide when it's possible to get into places up river which are restricted on a low tide,” Mr Langham said.
“People will be able to view some of the river's wild-bird population, such as brolgas and swans, and we might even glimpse a few brumbies which roam the Yuraygir National Park.
“The tours will run every month when there's a full moon, so obviously the dates will vary.
“But this month, I'll be running tours between April 16 and 22 because the three days before and after a full moon still bring a high tide.
“King Tide Tours will prove to be quite attractive for weekenders and retirees especially and it's a self-driven business.
“Tours will run between 10am-2pm on a full moon and cost $25 per person and I can take a maximum of 12 people on each tour.
“There must be a minimum of six for a tour to commence.
“I will provide a sausage sizzle on each tour and they're BYO so people are welcome to bring a few cans of beer along with them.
“At Wooli Boat Hire, people also have the choice to hire my boat for $200 for a four-hour cruise on the river if they want privacy.
“King Tide Tours will show off a great part of the Wooli area which many people have never seen before and I'm really excited to get the tours started.”
Simple pleasures also can be found in a stay at the Wooli River Lodges.
Situated on the banks of the pristine Wooli Wooli River in an area abundant with wildlife, Wooli River Lodges offers the highest- quality accommodation in the heart of a precious natural environment.
Owners Russ and Margy Stephens will always welcome visitors with a smile and ensuretheir stay in Wooli is memorable.
“We have nine lodges on site, which will suit any single person, couple or family looking to have a relaxing time in Wooli,” Ms Stephens said.
“Each lodge has its own deck and view looking across the river and all the lodges are surrounded by landscaped native gardens which attract plenty of wildlife into the vicinity and this reflects just how close we are to nature here in Wooli.
“All our lodges are very spacious and sleep at least five people, and our river view and deluxe river view lodges can accommodate six.
“It's the ideal place to visit.”
Good to know
In Wooli, the best local cuisine is seafood – oysters especially.
Ronald and Kim Guinea from Wooli Oyster Supply pride themselves on providing top-quality seafood sourced from Yamba to Nambucca Heads. “We sell fresh crabs, locally caught prawns, lovely fresh fish including snapper, kingfish, pearl perch and lobsters at Easter and Christmas,” Mrs Guinea said.
“Oysters are definitely our most popular seafood and there's nothing better then a fresh platter of natural oysters served on a bed of sea salt.”
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