"Sunny Sawtell" is an attractive beachside town just 10km south of the centre of Coffs Harbour. This cosmopolitan seaside village has always been a favourite destination with visitors thanks to its pretty setting between two headlands, an attractive main street with great cafe's and restaurants that are just a stroll from the popular swimming and surfing beach, and easy access to creeks and a National Park.
With Boambee Creek to the north and Bonville Creek to the south, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, picnicking and general lazing about.
Walking tracks and roads make it easy to go up Boambee and Bonville (Sawtell) Headlands for a spot of whale watching (May to November) or just for the outstanding views.
On the southern side of Sawtell Headland is the Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool, providing swimmers with a protected place to do their laps.
The Sawtell Surf Club is a hive of activity, particularly on weekends and during school holidays. With showers and toilets plus a delightful al fresco cafe overlooking the ocean, this is also headquarters for the lifeguards patrolling Sawtell Beach.
Sawtell's First Avenue is characterised by the huge Moreton Bay fig trees in the colourful garden dividing the street. They protect and shelter not just the benches underneath but the entire main street. Take your time exploring the many specialty shops and boutiques as well as the Aboriginal Art Gallery along this charming street. Enjoy a movie at the renovated 1920s First Avenue Cinema or just take a look inside for its historic character.
The Sawtell RSL provides plenty of entertainment options, while your dining choices are endless with anything from spicy Thai, exotic Indian and traditional Chinese to fresh local seafood and modern Australian cuisine.
Surround yourself with nature on a walk or mountain bike ride along the trails of Bongil Bongil National Park, which is not far from Sawtell's main street or from the idyllically situated Sawtell Beach Caravan Park, the Sawtell Bowling Club and the Sawtell Golf Club.