Sawtell Beach (NSW 114) is a well-maintained town beach, with a vegetated foredune separating the 2.1 km long beach from the backing township of 14 000. The beach is bordered by 60 m high Boambee Head in the north and 15 m high Bonville Headland to the south, together with... Read more
Sawtell Beach (NSW 114) is a well-maintained town beach, with a vegetated foredune separating the 2.1 km long beach from the backing township of 14 000. The beach is bordered by 60 m high Boambee Head in the north and 15 m high Bonville Headland to the south, together with two rock reefs called Sawtell Island extending 600 m offshore (Fig. 4.57). There are car parks and lookouts on both headlands. The beach is accessible from the Sawtell SLSC and caravan park and a few fenced tracks across the dune. Waves average 1.5 m along most of the beach producing an inner bar cut by up to eight rips, in addition to a permanent rip against Boambee Head. During higher waves an outer bar with more widely spaced rips is also present. In the south the reef (Sawtell Island) and headland reduce waves to the extent that a protected reflective beach lies behind the reef. This part of the beach is assessable from Bonville Head and has sheltered rock pools and a boat ramp. The Sawtell SLSC was formed in 1931 and averages 15 rescues a year.
This is a popular beach in summer, however strong beach rips do form. Stay between the flags or down at the protected southern end. A tidal rock pool is also located on the south side of Bonville Head.
Beach breaks are popular with locals, and when the banks are right Sawtell Island can provide a good right-hander.
Boambee Head offers several gutters and rock outcrops with fishing for tailor, bream and mulloway. The beach has persistent rip holes, which are fished for bream, tailor and mulloway, while in the south Sawtell Island, accessible at low tide, has several good gutters, which are fished for luderick, blackfish and groper. A beach boat ramp lies at the southern end of the beach. The south side of Bonville Head has some dangerous gutters and the open creek mouth.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Sawtell SLSC Inc
Coffs Harbour City Council Lifeguard Service
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw114