Idyllic beaches, cool cafes and a magnificent national park make Sawtell a perfect beachside escape on the beautiful Coffs Coast. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, surfing and bushwalking and visit Bongil Bongil National Park to meet resident koalas. Whale watching is also popular from the headlands.

Walking along Sawtell Beach with stand-up paddleboard gear, Sawtell, Coffs Coast

Eat & drink

You’ll find many cafes, restaurants and boutique shops on the main street. Explore the town and grab an al fresco meal in the shade of one of the giant figs. Delicious fresh produce is a feature of one of the hottest events, the Sawtell Chilli Festival, a fun July day for the family with rides for the kids.

Dine at Bonville Golf Resort  in Bonville, Coffs Harbour

Beaches & waterways

Nearby Sawtell Beach curves from Bonville Headland in the south to Boambee Head in the north. At the southern end is the small Sawtell Island, a rocky reef that shelters Sailors Bay. There’s an ocean pool on Bonville Headland’s southern side where the Bonville Creek flows into the sea.

This pretty creek meanders through the Bongil Bongil National Park, a great destination for fishing, kayaking and bushwalking. Relax at the tranquil Bongil picnic area. C-Change Adventures offers kayaking tours here, and mountain bike trails weave through the towering eucalypts.

Reflections Holiday Parks Boambee Creek Reserve  in Sawtell, Coffs Harbour

Outdoor adventures

Look for dozing koalas on the Bluff loop walking track, an easy 2km route through rainforest. Another great track is the 6km Bundagaree Rainforest walk. The colourful birdlife in Bongil Bongil is remarkable, and there are breeding grounds for migratory birds such as the endangered little tern.

The Bundagaree trail leads to Bongil Beach, where surfers carve up waves. More adventure waits at the lovely Boambee Creek Reserve, where kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are popular. Hire SUPs and kayaks at the reserve. Boambee Beach begins here and sweeps to nearby Coffs Harbour.

Getting there

Sawtell is an easy 15min drive south of Coffs Harbour and a five and a half hour drive north from Sydney. Flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour Airport, or you can take the train from Sydney. Accommodation options include beach houses, holiday parks, riverside camping and the award-winning Bonville Golf Resort.


Coffs Harbour Airport

Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport

Coffs Harbour Airport is 4km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal, or riding-sharing Uber, to make the short trip into the city. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

QantasLink, Virgin and Rex operate direct flights between Sydney and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Link Airways operate direct flights between Brisbane and Coffs Harbour. QantasLink and Virgin operate direct flights between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour.

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