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Sawtell, NSW

Sawtell is a small coastal town found on the beautiful North Coast of New South Wales just 6km south of Coffs Harbour. Located 555km north of Sydney and 400km south of Brisbane, it enjoys Australia’s most temperate climate.

sawtell beach

Sawtell is known for its stunning long sandy beaches, pristine rainforest, pristine waterways, the magnificent Solitary Islands marine Park and the nearby Dorrigo National Park. It’s a popular holiday destination due to its range of activities such as surfing, kayaking, fishing and golfing.

Sawtell is bounded to the east by safe surf beaches, to the north and south by unspoiled waterways and Bongil Bongil National Park and to the west by scenic mountain ranges.

Things To Do In Sawtell

From the iconic Sawtell Beach Boardwalk to local reserves like Shelly Beach and Boambee Creek Reserve, there are plenty of things to see and do when visiting Sawtell. Take advantage of the nearby golf course or go kayaking in one of the area’s many rivers.

If you’re looking to soak up some vitamin sea then Sawtell Beach will tick that box. This iconic beach front of golden sand stretches along the edge of the beautiful ocean and is ideal for surfing, swimming or simply strolling along the boardwalk. For those who are after something a little different there’s Shelly Beach. This picturesque beach surrounded by rocky cliff faces provides crystal clear water that’s perfect for snorkeling or enjoying a picnic on the sand.

Sawtell has 12 restaurants and 6 or so food takeaways such as Fries on the side – located on First Ave – is one of the best chippies in the region. Bookings for the restaurants are highly recommended.

When the sun goes down, Sawtell comes alive with its vibrant nightlife filled with local pubs and cafes serving delicious food and drinks. From live music venues to karaoke bars there’s something for everyone here at all hours of the night!


Also in Sawtell is a lovely-restored cinema – Majestic Cinemas. You can enjoy a relaxing drink at the Sawtell RSL or at the Sawtell Bowls Club.

For the golfer, the Sawtell Golf Club boasts an 18 hole golf course and full clubhouse facilities. There are also two croquet courts and 12 tennis courts in Sawtell.

For those looking for a bit of retail therapy then head over to the main street filled with boutiques, souvenir shops and art galleries where you can browse unique items from all around Australia and beyond.

Where To Stay

Whether you decide to stay in one of Sawtell’s many hotels or Airbnb accommodation options, you’ll never be too far away from all that this gorgeous town has to offer!

With such an array of options available including luxury suites right near the beachfront, budget-friendly hostels near downtown or camping areas inside nature reserves, you won’t have any trouble finding somewhere suitable whilst exploring this incredible spot in New South Wales.

Nearest Airport: Coffs Harbour

Where to stay?


  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation

Popular Activities

  • Mountain Biking
  • Bush Walking
  • Golfing
  • Kayaking
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • National Park
  • Fishing
  • Rainforest
  • Wildlife
  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Caravan and Camping

About Sawtell

  • Locality: Suburb
  • Sawtell Postcode: 2452
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: North Coast NSW
  • Latitude: -30.3699
  • Longitude: 153.09963
  • Elevation: 6m
  • Population: 3682
  • Median Income: $31668
  • Area (Sq/km): 3.711
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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