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Woombah, New South Wales

Woombah is a small but fast growing bushland village in Clarence Valley, New South Wales, Australia. This hamlet is located to the south of the World Heritage Listed Bundjalung National Park, near the Port of Yamba on Goodwood Island, and 15 minutes from the fishing village of Iluka, New South Wales.

New South Wales
Old Pacific Highway.jpg
Old Pacific Highway in Woombah
Woombah is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°21′22″S 153°16′37″E / 29.35611°S 153.27694°E / -29.35611; 153.27694Coordinates: 29°21′22″S 153°16′37″E / 29.35611°S 153.27694°E / -29.35611; 153.27694
Population 844 (2016 census)[1]
Established 1830[citation needed]
Postcode(s) 2469 [2]
Elevation 26.3[3] m (86 ft)
LGA(s) Clarence Valley Council
State electorate(s) Clarence
Federal Division(s) Cowper
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
43.3 °C
110 °F
22.2 °C
72 °F
1,300 mm
51.2 in



The first Europeans settled in Woombah in 1830, establishing a timber industry.

There is a significant aboriginal site at Woombah,[4] one of five in the Lower Clarence area. The north arm of the Clarence River at Woombah forms the border between the Bundjalung tribe to the north, and the Yaegl peoples to the south.


An aboriginal name for the star Canopus is Womba, meaning the "Mad Star".[5] However this is a word from the Euahlayi people located in north-central New South Wales and south-central Queensland, and whilst unsure of its origin there is a general acceptance that Woombah means "crazy place".


Fishing on the Clarence River

Woombah is located on the North Arm of the Clarence River (New South Wales). The Clarence River is popular for fishing.[6] The North Arm of the Clarence river includes Flathead (fish), Whiting (fish), bream and mud crabs.[7]

Local attractions in Woombah also include a coffee plantation which is home to one of the world's southernmost coffee plantations, "Wombah Coffee Plantation".[8] Other attractions in Woombah include an old school house and a number of artist’s studio galleries.[8]

Woombah is also located adjacent to Bundjalung National Park. Activities include beach walking, fishing, mountain biking and camping.[9]

There are two Caravan parks located in Woombah:

  • Woombah Woods Caravan Park[10]
  • Bimbimbi Riverside Caravan Park


2011 Estimated Population Data by Gender/Age [11]

  • 51.0% Male
  • 49.0% Female
  • 50.0 Est. Average Age
  • 15.5% Population 0-14 Years
  • 23.6% Population Over 65

2011 Registered Marital Status [11]

  • Married 55.0%
  • Separated 3.8%
  • Divorced 11.3%
  • Widowed 6.3%
  • Never Married 23.6%

2011 Religious Affiliation [11]

  • Anglican 27.7%
  • No Religion 21.7%
  • Catholic 18.6%
  • Uniting Church 6.7%
  • Presbyterian and Reformed 3.8%

2011 Languages Spoken at Home [11]

  • English 93.6%
  • Other Australian Indigenous Languages, nec 0.7%
  • German 0.4%
  • Norwegian 0.4%
  • French 0.4%
  • Greek 0.4%


Buses run through Woombah with bus stops located along Iluka Rd. The nearest airport is Clarence Valley Regional Airport (YGFN) in Grafton, New South Wales offering daily flights to Sydney.[12]


  • The Clarence Valley Independent [13]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Woombah (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 March 2018.  
  2. ^ "Woombah NSW postcode". Post-Code. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Climate Data Online". Australian Government. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ Indigenous Heritage at Yamba NSW travel site
  5. ^ Parker, K. Langloh (1905). "Something about Stars and Legends". The Euahlayi Tribe: A Study of Aboriginal Life in Australia (1 ed.). London: Archibald Constable and Company. p. 97.
  6. ^ "Woombah". About-Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  7. ^ McEnally, Lawrie; McEnally, Julie (2008). Fishing Guide to NSW North Coast. Bayswater, Victoria: Australian Fishing Network. p. 50. ISBN 9 781865131245.
  8. ^ a b Woombah Coffee Plantation at AboutAustralia
  9. ^ "Bundjalung National Park". Skip to contentNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Woombah Woods Caravan Park". Woombah Woods Caravan Park. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d "2011 Census QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Clarence Valley Regional Airport". Clarence Valley Council.
  13. ^ "Clarence Valley Independent". CV Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2017.