About 8km south of Coffs Harbour on the mid-north coast of NSW
is the delightful coastal resort village of Sawtell, with its huge fig trees (ficus hillii) down the median strip of the main street. This is a region that some claim has the most liveable climate in Australia and it seems like few visitors disagree.
Sawtell is a haven for fishing, swimming and surfing. The beach is patrolled in the summer and at the southern end there are rock pools and sheltered water. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck along the beach, around the headlands to the north and south or within the extensive Bonville and Boambee tidal creeks. Boambee Creek Reserve is well known for its BBQ areas and activities to suite the whole family with swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking and play areas for children. Bongil Bongil National Park, south of Sawtell, has walks and picnic areas and is an important nesting site for wading birds.
Sawtell holds a "Chilli Festival" in July each year which is becoming increasingly popular among devotees of spice. As well as more traditional hot dishes, you can sample "hot" desserts and a variety of "chilli" ices.
Just to the south of Sawtell at Bonville a challenging golf course awaits the golfing enthusiast. Lovers of excitement can go whitewater rafting on the rivers in the hinterland.
Chilli Festival (July)
Things to do:
Fishing, swimming, surfing
Boambee Creek Reserve - BBQs, swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking, playgrounds
Bongil Bongil National Park - walks, picnic areas, wildlife
In the area:
Bonville - challenging golf course
Whitewater rafting - on the rivers in the hinterland
Find out more about the mid-north coast of NSW.