Must See & Do

  • Whale watching from Sawtell Headland
  • Go Bird watching
  • Mountain Bike Riding in the Bongil Bongil National Park
  • Visit the many boutiques and Art Gallery
  • Sawtell Chilli Festival


Sawtell is a beautiful beachside village next to Bongil Bongil National Park, a nature lovers paradise . Relax on gorgeous Sawtell Beach and enjoy the surf breaks, tidal inlet for the water babies, and reserves for family picnics.  Spot whales from the headlands during their annual migration and watch the dolphins drop in on surfers fighting for the best break.

The area is surrounded by Idyllic beaches, popular cafes and a stunning coastal national park make Sawtell on the 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 bird watching and fishing locations.  Close by is the Pine Creek State Forest with world class mountain bike tracks ‘Cows with Guns’ and ‘The Sawmill’.

The area also celebrates local food and culture, with the annual Sawtell Chilli Festival held each July school holidays.  A fun day out for the whole family.

How to get here

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. Direct flights operate to and from Sydney daily, and to and from Melbourne weekly. Fly to and from Brisbane 6 days a week. There are four operators – QantasLink, Tigerair, Virgin Australia, and Fly Corporate– servicing the region.