Minnie Water-Wooli SLSC
Minnie Water is one of the older fishing settlements on the coast owing to the good anchorage in lee of the prominent southern reef and the presence of permanent water which drains across the beach, hence the name. The beach is 1.5 km long and consists of two parts. The northern half receives the full force of the waves and has a single attached bar usually cut by two-to-three beach rips and a permanent rip against Rocky Point. The southern half lies in lee of the reef and the fishing boat anchorage. It is a wide, flat beach with an attached bar and finally no bar.
Minnie Water-Wooli SLSC was formed in 1995 and remains one of Australia’s youngest clubs.
Our membership base is drawn primarily from residents of Grafton, however we also have a fair representation of members from the villages that are near Minnie Water beach including Minnie Water, Wooli, Ulmarra, Tucabia, Maclean and the various rural areas in our wonderful Clarence Valley.
From our humble beginnings when we started with a handful of well intended members, our Club has grown in strength to where we currently have approximately 60 senior patrolling members and 150 Junior Activities members (JAC’s/nippers).
When the Club first started we utilised the facilities available in the local community hall, which is located in “Nip Welsh” park on the beachfront at Minnie Water beach. The aim was to then get approval to either refurbish the hall to accommodate our needs or to build a new clubhouse separate to the community hall. As an aside, “Nip” Welsh was a fisherman in the area for many years and his family still have strong ties not only with the area but with surf life saving through the services of Nip’s son Neill “Ebor” Welsh who is well known throughout Australia for his services in Surf Life Saving.
As an interim measure, the club used up to three shipping containers to store equipment as well as using one as a dedicated patrol office. Due to the growth of the club it was decided to negotiate the need to build a purpose built club house with assistance from Local and State government organisations to make this a reality.
The new club house became a reality in 2010 and a big thank you to the many committee members and supporters who generously gave their time and effort to get our Clubhouse off the ground.
6 (in the north) (1-safest, 10-least safe)
Directions By Car
Follow Pacific Highway/A1 south towards Coffs Harbour for 12.2km and turn left into Eight Mile Lane. Follow this east and at the intersection at 10.5km turn right into Wooli Road and follow for approx. 17km. Turn left into Minnie Water Road for approx. 6.9km and the road will veer into Sandon Road with the beach and club house on the right with the Minnie Water store on the left.
Approx driving time is 44min 51.3km.
Head east on Coldstream Street towards Watkins Lane for 7km which turns into Coldstream Terrace. Follow for approx. 2.5km where the road turns a slight left and becomes Aradin Street. In 500m this road becomes Wooli Road and follow for 27.4km. Turn left into Minnie Water Road and follow for approx. 6.9km and the road will turn into Sandon Road with the beach and clubhouse to the right (opposite the Minnie Water Store).
Approx driving time 36min 44.4km