Sawtell

Author: Gracie Quinn   Date Posted:4 April 2017 

A little paradise enveloped by sunny beaches, gurgling creeks and gently rolling hills, Sawtell is an unusual coastal town in northern New South Wales.

Average Winter Temp: 19°C

Average Summer Temp: 26°C

Traditionally inhabited by: Gumbaynggirr people

A little paradise enveloped by sunny beaches, gurgling creeks and gently rolling hills, Sawtell is an unusual coastal town in northern New South Wales. With its origins in a shipwreck, and its present vibrantly coloured by a bustling cosmopolitan culture, this lovely coastal town extends a warm welcome to travellers from all parts of the country. Conveniently located near Coffs Harbour, midway between Sydney and Brisbane, Sawtell sees a wide spectrum of tourists every year.

Your to-do list at Sawtell doesn’t stop at beach fun, swimming, surfing and whale watching. The quaint little village is home to some great shopping streets, laid-back cafes and restaurants, and tons of recreation options in the shape of Aboriginal art galleries, golf clubs and tennis courts, to name a few. Front-lined by its beautiful, fig-lined main street with its boutiques, cafes and restaurants, Sawtell makes for a pretty picture. And its surrounding natural environs paint it in almost surreal colours. Pristine beaches and lovely coastal views are always just minutes away, and a treasure trove of lush greenery and shimmering creeks and estuaries, waits to be explored at the Bongil Bongil National Park.

Relax, unwind, and laze to your heart’s content, or shop, gallery-hop and immerse yourself in the local culture. Or choose to spend your days kayaking, surfing and waterboarding. You’ll always find Sawtell tailored for your kind of holiday.

 

Attractions & Activities:

Swimming

Surfing

Kayaking

Whale Watching

Bush Walking

Picnicking

Fishing

Golfing

Croquet

Tennis

Shopping

Aboriginal Art Galleries

Gastronomy

Sawtell Chilli Festival

1st Avenue Gallery

Sawtell Beach

Bongil Bongil National Park

Boambee Beach

Coffs Coast State Park

Bonville Head Lookout

 

Caravan Parks:

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park

Sawtell, NSW

Located right where all the action is, Sawtell Beach Holiday Park lets you immerse yourself in the unique hues and flavours of Sawtell. A sprawling property, it offers a variety of luxury and budget villas, studios and cabins, as well as over 250 caravan and camping sites. Enjoy a host of modern facilities and entertainment options on site, or just stroll into Sawtell for some shopping, dining or beach fun. Golf and tennis clubs are just 300m from the caravan park, and the latter has its own BMX track so your kids won’t see a dull moment!

$35/night for 5 persons, unpowered sites; $8 for every additional person

$40/night for 5 persons, powered sites; $8 for every additional person

$51/night for 5 persons, powered en-suite sites; $8 for every additional person

(Rates mentioned are for off-peak season. Rise by 50-80% in the shoulder and peak seasons. Studios, cabins and villas are also available.)

 

Park Beach Holiday Park

Coffs Harbour, NSW

Located just north of Coffs Harbour Airport, Park Beach Holiday Park is a 15 minute drive from Sawtell. It features among the most preferred caravan parks in the Coffs Harbour area, thanks to tons of camping options (ranging from drive-thru to en-suite), as well as villas and cabins. All camping facilities here are state-of-the-art, and entertainment options include a resort pool and children’s playground.

$35/night for 5 persons, unpowered sites; $8 for every additional person

$41/night for 5 persons, powered sites; $8 for every additional person

$61/night for 5 persons, powered en-suite sites; $8 for every additional person

$63/night for 5 persons, drive-thru en-suite sites; $8 for every additional person

(Rates mentioned are for off-peak season. Rise by 50-70% in the shoulder and peak seasons. Studios, cabins and villas are also available.)

 

Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:

NSW’s roadside rest areas will serve you for short no-cost stopovers. For longer stays, you can try the Gumma Reserve camping area, a lovely free camp on the banks of the Warrell Creek, about a 45-min drive south of Sawtell. The site has no showers or power, but is easily accessible and suitable for big rigs. If you’re driving up from the west, try the Roses Park rest area 14km east of Dorrigo, where short stays are free and long stays go easy on the pocket.