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Creekside apartment - Lovely water viewsEnjoy sensational Sawtell from your spacious two room apartment. Relax and watch the waves rolling in. See the the ebb and flow of the tides from your private veranda and enjoy the abundance of bird life. Recently renovated bathroom, combined kitchenette and living space. A short walk to the iconic Sawtell main street with theater, shops and restaurants. Stroll to the beach and beautiful Sawtell headland. Off street parking available. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided.
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'Boatsheds' Sawtell BeachThe 'Boatsheds' at Sawtell beach is a fully renovated unique funky apartment. Nothing is closer to the beach, estuary, & headland. Walk out the door to surf, swim, paddle board, fish, or walk 5 min to Sawtell village shops, best coffee & eats. Sawtell cinema, pub, & club, feature in the small village like atmosphere. The golf course is alright too. Suitable for a weekend or a week, it is comfortable, fully self contained with kitchen, laundry, BBQ deck, and peaceful surroundings.
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane lies the Coffs Coast region, encompassing 31 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, as well as an inland tangle of World Heritage-listed rainforest. From hinterland to waves lie dozens of tiny towns, including Sawtell, where the hardest decision you have to make on a given day is where to swim: in the surf, in the ocean-fed Memorial Rock Pool, or in Bonville Creek (flowing through national parkland to the sea). Warm waters here attract resident bottlenose dolphins and, during migration (May through November), humpback whales; when they breach and blow, you’ll know about it, as crowds gather on the town’s rocky headlands to take in the spectacle.
Flights operate from Sydney to Coffs Harbour Airport (CFS), which sits just six miles north of Sawtell. A regular shuttle or public bus will carry you from the airport into town ― you’ll arrive within 25 minutes of collecting your bags. If you’re planning to explore one of the most scenic roads in New South Wales, the Waterfall Way, consider renting a car at the airport so you can drive through rainforest and past waterfalls at your own pace. Alternatively, a 328-mile road trip north from Sydney or 245-mile drive south from Brisbane will take you about 5.5 hours and 4.5 hours, respectively.
While Christmas holidays see Sawtell busy over the summer season (December through February), these months can be hot and humid, with regular rainfall. Daily temperatures hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In February, water temperatures are only slightly cooler than the air. May through November are also popular, for a number of reasons: Daytime temperatures are balmy (65 to 75 degrees); water temperatures are mostly warm (around 68, though a little cooler in winter proper, from June through August); migrating whales are on full view; and the surf is at its finest.
If you want to get up close to some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife, Bongil Bongil is the place to do it. The national park has one of the largest populations of koalas in New South Wales, not to mention kangaroos, wallabies, and 165 species of birds. Wander through the rainforest to remote Bongil Beach where, during migration (May through November), you’ll also likely spot humpback whales frolicking off the shore.
If the name of this road trip sounds dreamy, it’s because it is. The 115-mile journey begins just north of Sawtell in Coffs Harbour, then cuts inland through vast swathes of World Heritage-listed national park, with plenty of waterfalls along the way. Feel the full force of nature at Wollomombi Falls, tumbling 1,100 feet to the forest floor, then pause to refuel at the many locally sourced cafes and restaurants along the way.
You can glimpse Coffs Harbour and Muttonbird Island from Sawtell’s Boambee Headland Lookout. Then drive the short distance north to explore Muttonbird, one of the region’s most sacred Aboriginal sites, up close. The island’s nature reserve is home to thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds), which create distinctive nests in the sand. Join an Aboriginal ranger to hear Dreamtime (Indigenous creation) stories and taste bush tucker (edible native plants).