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About Sawtell

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Sawtell: For Holidays Suiting Active Lifestyles

Sawtell is a popular holiday destination on the North Coast, roughly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Visitors tend to stay active, whether they are riding the waves, swimming in rock pools or cycling along coastal trails.

Sawtell’s main beach is caught between two headlands, from which you can do some whale watching from May to November. Throughout the year, on clear days, you’ll be able to gaze as far down the coast as South West Rocks. After busy days in and out of the water, unwind on the bustling main street, home to funky boutiques and trendy cafes.

Holiday rentals in Sawtell abound, ranging from sleek apartments with beach frontage to quiet, tucked away cottages.

Discover Sawtell’s Waterways

Sawtell travellers have access to a wide range of waterways, from creeks to beaches. Sawtell Beach is a prime destination for surfers, but also has designated safe swimming areas and some great fishing spots.

This stretch of sand is patrolled throughout the summer by the Sawtell RSL Club. At low tide, there are naturally-formed rock pools on the southern end. During migration season, travellers can do some whale watching from the beach’s headlands.

If you’re travelling with the kids, go to Boambee Creek Reserve for calm waters and plenty of space for running around. You will also see picnic facilities and climbing equipment. Slightly more secluded, Murray’s Beach offers a quiet alternative for romantic strolls or dog walking. This stretch of sand is pet-friendly (but do keep your dog on a leash).

Sports and Leisure in Sawtell

Sawtell locals stay active, and travellers have many ways of joining in. Fishing is a popular pastime. Make your way to the jetty to mingle with village fishermen and try your luck at reeling in whiting, blackfish or bream. Sawtell’s beaches are also good bets for fishing. Sawtell has a couple of fishing clubs, which organise deep sea and other fishing excursions throughout the year.

The Sawtell Golf Club has an 18-hole course, restaurant and club house. As you play a game or dine at the restaurant, you will be privy to views of the hinterland mountain range in one direction and of the Pacific Ocean in the other.

Meanwhile, tennis players can head to Sawtell’s Tennis Club, steps from the main street. Here, you will be able to rent out time on one of the 12 courts, which include 8 clay courts. If you’d prefer to just watch players in action, pick up the tournament schedule.

Sawtell Walks & Bike Rides

Sawtell is parsed by trails of all lengths and difficulties. Several paths depart from Bonville Headland. Walk towards the top of the headland for panoramic views down the coast, all the way to South West Rocks (on clear days).

Alternately, wander along Sawtell Beach all the way up the steeper path to Boambee Headland. Once you’ve reached the top, you will be able to take in uninterrupted views of the coast and Mutton Bird Island. For longer treks, drive to nearby Bongil Bongil National Park.

To discover Sawtell scenery at a faster pace, hire a bike and hit the town’s cycling trails, such as the Hogbin Drive Cycleway. This path winds through the town centre and all the way to Coffs Harbour, affording a mix of ocean and urban views.

Sawtell Shopping and Dining

Sawtell’s First Avenue is a hub for shopping and dining. You will find a number of speciality boutiques, as well as a larger shopping centre. In addition, travellers are likely to stumble upon a market or two.

On the fourth Sunday of the month, Sawtell hosts a family market day. On the second Saturday, the town runs an extensive farmers’ market. The Coffs Harbour region has 14 recurring markets, if you’d like to explore market culture further.

Eateries for all budgets can be found throughout Sawtell, from family-friendly cafes to upscale lounges. Locals enjoy healthy options, so you will be able to sample organic dishes in many restaurants and cafes. Of course, restaurants also serve freshly caught seafood, given the town’s proximity to the ocean.

Getting to Sawtell

Sawtell is halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. Conveniently, Coffs Harbour Airport is only 15 minutes from town, ensuring an easy trip from most major Australian cities. You can also drive to Sawtell in under 5 hours from Brisbane and in 6 hours from Sydney. A direct train also links Sydney and Brisbane to Sawtell.