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The $28.8 Million Wiilgulga Sports Complex: A Coffs Coast Marvel Transforming Woolgoolga's Recreational Landscape


Photo courtesy Populous

In a groundbreaking move that promises to redefine the sports and recreational landscape, (last year) Woolgoolga celebrated the completion of its state-of-the-art Wiilgulga Sports Complex, a $28.8 million marvel. This much-anticipated facility is not merely a collection of fields and courts; it represents a commitment to fostering community wellness, promoting physical activity, and nurturing the spirit of competition. According to the designers, Populous, the brand new multipurpose sports facility is set to be a game changer for the community with the dynamic precinct brought to life through the building design which reflects the local Indigenous heritage as well as the multicultural mix of the Northern Beaches. Populous Senior Principal and architect on the project, Belinda Goh said Wiigulga Sports Complex will become a thriving and attractive place for people of all ages, genders, abilities, cultures and social backgrounds.


A Hub for Sporting Excellence

Wiilgulga Sports Complex, spanning acres of meticulously designed space, caters to a diverse range of athletic disciplines. From soccer fields to tennis courts, from a modern track and field facility to cutting-edge gymnasiums. The project received funding from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, the State Government and the City of Coffs Harbour. The complex stands as a testament to Federal, State and Local Government’s dedication to providing top-notch sporting infrastructure. Local sports enthusiasts now have a hub for training, competitions, and socializing, all under one roof.



Photo courtesy City of Coffs Harbour

Community-Centric Design

What sets Wiilgulga Sports Complex apart is its community-centric design. The architects and planners have gone beyond the conventional to ensure inclusivity and accessibility. The facility features multi-purpose spaces for community gatherings, events, and cultural activities. Families can enjoy picnics in designated areas, and the complex also hosts community-driven fitness programs, making it a true hub for holistic well-being.


Economic Boost

Beyond its recreational and wellness benefits, Wiilgulga Sports Complex serves as an economic catalyst for Woolgoolga and its surrounding areas. Hosting regional and even national sports events will bring in visitors, boosting local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and shops. The complex is not just a venue for physical activity; it is a generator of economic activity that contributes to the prosperity of the entire community.



Photo courtesy Populous | Scott Burrows

Technological Advancements

The $28.8 million investment in Wiilgulga Sports Complex is not just about bricks and mortar; it's also about embracing technological advancements. The complex boasts cutting-edge facilities, including smart training equipment, digital scoreboards, and high-tech surveillance for enhanced security. These elements not only elevate the user experience but also position the Coffs Coast as a region that embraces the future of sports infrastructure.


Youth Development and Talent Identification

One of the primary objectives of Wiilgulga Sports Complex is to nurture young talent and provide a platform for aspiring athletes. With dedicated coaching staff and mentorship programs, the complex aims to be a breeding ground for future sports stars. Local schools and sports clubs can utilise the facilities to identify and develop talent, ensuring that Woolgoolga and the Coffs Coast become a recognized hub for sporting excellence.




Photo courtesy of Populous | Scott Burrows

Environmental Sustainability

In a world increasingly conscious of environmental impact, Wiilgulga Sports Complex stands as a model for sustainability. The construction adhered to eco-friendly practices, incorporating energy-efficient lighting, water conservation measures, and green spaces. The complex not only caters to the current needs of the community but also strives to safeguard the environment for future generations.


The completion of Wiilgulga Sports Complex in Woolgoolga marks a significant milestone for the community. It is more than just a collection of sports facilities; it is a testament to a commitment on the Coffs Coast  to holistic wellness, economic prosperity, and the development of future generations. Wiilgulga Sports Complex is not just an investment in the present but a legacy that will endure for generations to come.

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