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Sawtell is a peaceful and rather typical coastal retirement and family recreation centre on the far north coast of NSW. Sawtell is bounded to the west by the railway line, to the north by Boambee Creek and to the south by Bonville Creek. It is 546 km north-east of Sydney and 26 m above sea-level. In recent years its population has increased rapidly.


The predominant feature of this tourist town is, of course, the pretty beach which lies between Boambee Head and Bonville Head. These two rocky promontories sit adjacent the estuaries of Boambee Creek and Bonville Creek. Sawtell has a small shopping centre (with a very distinctive and quite luxuriant median strip that causes traffic problems),

Attractions include, lookouts from the two headlands, a local cinema, some good walking areas near the river and the beach, a fine picnic area and playground near the mouth of Boambee Creek, good fishing (particularly for blackfish) in the creeks and the ocean, boat ramps at the two caravan and camping reserves, surfing, skin diving, attractive walks and drives in the surrounding bush, a good saltwater tidal swimming pool at Bonville Head, safe swimming at Boambee Bay, a BMX track, and the usual amenities for people who want to relax, such as a croquet lawn, bowling greens, squash and tennis courts and a golf club.


Destinations to explore near Sawtell

Local Council: Website

Distance & direction from Sydney: 528 Klms NE

Population: 3,122 (approx)


New South Wales

Photos Courtesy Scott Westlake Photography