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.

  • 4WD vehicle, Bongil Bongil National Park
  • Sunrise, Sawtell

About Sawtell

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.

Rockpool, Sawtell

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.

Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport

Coffs Harbour Airport is located 4 km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal to make the short journey north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Direct flights operate daily to and from Sydney, and weekly to and from Melbourne, with three operators - QantasLinkTigerair and Virgin Australia  - servicing the region.

  1. 1st Avenue Gallery

    1st Avenue Gallery

    1st Avenue Gallery is a contemporary art gallery located in Sawtell specialising in local and regional art along with Aboriginal and African Art. They take pride in supporting the local arts community...

  2. Boambee Beach

    Boambee Beach

    Boambee Beach extends from Corambirra Point (near the Deep Sea Fishing Club) to Boambee Creek (north of Sawtell). The beach is not patrolled though popular with fishermen, horse trainers, joggers, jet-ski riders, four...

  3. C-Change Adventures

    C-Change Adventures

    C-Change Adventures offer incredible eco-tours involving kayaks, stand up paddle boards, hiking, camping and yabbying! The Eco-Tours run for half day, full day or shorter Sunset or Full Moon. These are also great...

  4. Liquid Assets Adventure Tours

    Liquid Assets Adventure Tours

    Liquid Assets Adventure Tours operates whitewater rafting tours on the Nymboida River, one of the world's classic grade four and five whitewater rafting rivers.Enjoy a flat-water kayak tour on the...

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