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Spotlight on Sawtell

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Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool. Image by Brendan Ray.

Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool. Image by Brendan Ray.

Almost halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the Mid North Coast, the sunny coastal village of Sawtell is a great spot for a family getaway – and even better if you’ve been thinking about a seachange.

Scenic beauty abounds, with safe surf beaches, crystal clear waterways and Bongil Bongil National Park all nearby, and views of the Great Dividing Range further to the west.

Sawtell boasts a unique dining and shopping scene. Cafes, restaurants, boutiques and essential shopping options are spread along First Avenue with its massive heritage listed fig trees flourishing from the median strip. At night the trees are spotlit and diners can enjoy the view from tables outside, with heaters available in the cooler months.

Resident families are well catered for, with a range of primary, secondary and tertiary education options in the area, and shopping centres in Toormina and Coffs Harbour just a short drive away.

For a small seaside town, Sawtell sure packs a punch with its fantastic lifestyle opportunities.


Located between Bonville and Boambee headlands – both featuring great lookouts – Sawtell is considered a surfer’s and beachgoer’s paradise. To the south of Bonville Headland the Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool is one of the state’s most northerly ocean pools and offers safe swimming for all. Sawtell Beach is home to the Sawtell Surf Club and has a great little kiosk for a coffee or snack with unbeaten views while at Murrays Beach you can walk your dog (on lead).

If you prefer fresh water, Bongil Bongil Creek and National Park offers fantastic kayak and SUP opportunities along the creek. There are also multiple walking and mountain biking tracks through the park, and a picnic area with barbecues, making this a great day out.

If you are looking for a more sedate way to enjoy the outdoors, the golf course, bowls club and croquet club are great places to partake in relaxing sports as well as meet new friends. And once we’re able to go to the movies again the much-loved heritage Majestic cinema will be screening all the latest films and arthouse offerings.


Sawtell’s thriving food scene is predominately concentrated along First Avenue, however, there are a few notable exceptions. These include the Sawtell Beach Kiosk we mentioned before and the Hilltop Store. The store is a fantastic café halfway from First Avenue to Boambee Headland, and believe it or not, it is on a top of a hill!

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The delicious and healthy options at TREEO Cafe

Restaurants in the village cater for nearly all of modern Australia’s tastes. There are Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and Italian choices, just to name a few. And if you want takeaway or a simple feed, you just have to visit the Village Takeaway or Sea Salt Fish and Chips, or why not get a pie from the local Hearthfire Bakery.


If you enjoy a social drink or three on the weekend Sawtell has you covered with the local pub the Sawtell Hotel, the RSL and The Spare Room, which is a boutique cocktail bar. Many of the restaurants also have bars where you can enjoy a cocktail, wine, or beer. Both the RSL and pub have live shows over the weekend so there are plenty of options for a night out.

Shopping and Services

First Avenue has a number of boutique fashion shops to browse, a charity shop for second-hand treasures, two chemists for health needs, a jeweller, florist, hairdresser, barber, and a small post office.

The local butcher sells high-quality meat, Sawtell Paradise Fruit has a good range of fresh foods, and there are also two bakeries along First Avenue. If you want to do a big shop in one place Coffs Central and Toormina Gardens Shopping Centres are not far away.

Sawtell First Avenue


Local primary schools include Sawtell Public School, William Bayldon Public School and Mary Help of Christians Primary School. Toormina High School caters for the secondary years and for both levels of schooling there are other options 15 minutes away in Coffs Harbour so you can choose a school of your liking. For tertiary education, Coffs Harbour TAFE and Southern Cross University are both located at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus which is only a short drive from Sawtell.

All in all, for a small seaside town Sawtell has more than its fair share of natural beauty and ease of living. The beautiful beaches surrounding Sawtell as well as its creek and national park make it a nature lover’s paradise. Pair these with a great selection of options for eating out and you can see why the local Aboriginal people originally called this area Bongil Bongil – “a place where one stayed a long time” due to the ready supply of food available.

Are you ready to start your dream life in Sawtell Commons? Get in touch with us to schedule a visit.