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Coffs Harbour & Sawtell

Welcome to Coffs Harbour

Beautiful beaches, a great dining experience, and a superb national park are some of the offerings of Coffs Harbour and Sawtell!  Whether staying for a week, a month, or forever, you will be greeted with lots of activities to do here, like fishing, kayaking, bushwalking, and surfing. Animal lovers will get a treat by watching resident koalas or the whales at the headlands.

On the north coast of NSW, Coffs Harbour is approximately a six-hour drive from Sydney and four hours from Brisbane. This area is known for its beaches and famous Big Banana fun park.

On the other hand, Sawtell is a town adjacent to Coffs Harbour, and the villages together are referred to as “Coffs Harbour-Sawtell”.


The distance between Sawtell and Coffs Harbour is 8 km and is known for its Idyllic beaches, cool cafes and magnificent national park. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, surfing, bushwalking, and visit Bongil Bongil National Park to meet resident koalas. Whale watching is also famous in the headlands.

The koalas and the whales are places to visit in. Also, getting your amenities for the travel is easy because the place includes many stores and shops where you can get your supplies. It is a beautiful place where comfortable living is guaranteed. Keep your camera ready because this is an experience you’ll want to remember!

How To Get There

To get to Coffs Harbour & Sawtell, there are options to drive, take a bus, coach, or train.

The nearest airport is in Gold Coast, which is a three-hour drive. Some buses run between the airports and the two towns.  Several companies operate routes between Sydney and the towns if you’re taking the bus. The trip can take anywhere from 7-12 hours, depending on the company and route. There are also flights to Sawtell from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane; alternatively, you can take a train to Sydney.

Places Of Interest

The most famous theme park in Coffs Harbour features rides and attractions for all ages.

Watch the Locals Surf

Being a beachside community, it offers many water activities like surfing. The Sawtell Beach is a home for the Sawtell Surf Club. You can take an afternoon nap on the sand while you enjoy the view of surfers gliding through the waves.

Watch the Whales

The headlands make an excellent spot for a whale watch experience. I met tour operators that offer whale-watching trips, and you’re sure to see some incredible creatures up close. There are even breaching whales you can spot if you’re lucky! Of course, it is also an excellent place to view the coastline.

Enjoy a Gastronomic Feast

The Coffs Harbour & Sawtell has many cafes, boutique shops, and restaurants. Offering varied treats for different taste buds, you can grab an al fresco meal along the shades of one of the many giant figs. You can also catch the Sawtell Chili Festival in July.

Where To Stay

13 First Avenue Sawtell
This 5-star accommodation in Sawtell offers everything you need for a relaxing holiday. The accommodation is comfortable and spacious, and the location couldn’t be better- it’s just a short walk from the beach. The hosts are lovely people who will make you feel right at home.


Tuckers Rocks Cottage
Tuckers Rocks Cottage is a 4-star private beach house found inside the Bongil Bongil National Park on the northern coast side of New South Wales. The park has excellent walking tracks, including the Bluff loop and the Bundageree Rainforest, which offer a good location for koala spotting, canoeing, and fishing. Since it is located beside a beach, early morning beach walks and catching sunrises are activities to do here.


Laura’s Beach Cottage
If you want a tidy 3-bedroom cottage perfected by a gorgeous swimming pool, Laura’s Beach Cottage won’t disappoint. This 3-star rated accommodation is just a 5-minute walk from Sawtell village and Sawtell Beach. It is also conveniently near shops and cafes, making it the top tourist choice.

Where To Eat

Taste is a place where you can enjoy a warm and personalized experience. It has a great selection of local and international wines. Be sure to try their famous crispy duck spring rolls and seared scallops. There’s something for everyone at Taste; that’s why they’re one of the most popular restaurants in Coffs Harbour. You don’t have to worry if you’re hungry for seafood, steak, chicken, or pasta; you’ll find a dish that satisfies your cravings.


Sea Salt
Modern Australian cuisine specialises in seafood and choices of wraps, gourmet burgers and vegetarian options. Enjoy their fish and chips while exploring this beautiful place.

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