Beautiful beachside escape
Sawtell is a beautiful beachside village next to Bongil Bongil National Park, a popular fishing spot. Relax on gorgeous Sawtell Beach and enjoy surfing or swimming. Spot whales from the headlands. And the annual Sawtell Chilli Festival is fun for the whole family.
Idyllic beaches, chic cafes and a stunning coastal national park make Sawtell on the mid North Coast of NSW a delightful destination for a seaside escape. With unspoiled beaches, rainforest, wildlife, wetlands and estuaries, Bongil Bongil National Park is ideal for outdoor adventures.
You can hire kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from C-Change Adventures and explore the natural beauty of the national park wilderness, which has great fishing locations. Both C-Change and Liquid Asset Adventure Tours offer kayaking tours in Bongil Bongil.
The village’s main street is adorned with enormous fig trees, which provide shade for boutiques and outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants. Delicious fresh produce is also celebrated at the annual Sawtell Chilli Festival, a fun day for the family with rides and activities for the kids.
From Sydney or Brisbane, the drive along the splendid Legendary Pacific Coast touring route to Sawtell is about six hours. You can also take a train to Sawtell Station or fly to Coffs Harbour Airport, where you can rent a car for the short drive south to Sawtell.