Sawtell

Sawtell is a quaint, sunny, seaside town famous for its blue skies. While you’re visiting, take a stroll down First Ave. amongst the magnificent Moreton Bay fig trees or hop just one street over for a swim at Sawtell Main Beach. 

First Avenue is the iconic main street- full of cafes, restaurants & locally owned boutiques. If you’re searching for groceries, you don’t even have to leave the village as we have a boutique butcher & a local fruit & veg shop. If you’re in the mood for a movie, grab a seat at the Sawtell Cinema, a gorgeous art deco cinema that was built in 1941 and a refurbishment in the mid-2010s.

Walking tracks and roads make it easy to go up Boambee and Bonville (Sawtell) Headlands for a spot of whale watching (May to November) or just for the outstanding views.

On the southern side of Sawtell Headland is the Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool, providing swimmers with a protected place to do their laps.

Here are some things to do, places to eat & where to shop while you’re staying in the lovely seaside village of Sawtell.

Breakfast & Lunch

Sawtell is full of breakfast & brunch options. Simply walk down the street and you’ll find people dining outside and sipping on freshly brewed coffee. Here are some tips about our favourite go-to’s:

  • Split CafeOpen-spaced cafe & patio seating with classic breakfast dishes & great coffee.
  • The Kiosk Overlooking Main Beach at the Surf Lifesaving Club with breathtaking views and breeze.
  • French Basket – The newest cafe to hit Sawtell, this boulangerie serves freshly baked French goods and delicious coffee.
  • Hearthfire Bakery – Locals can’t walk by without stopping to get a pie or quiche. This long-standing favourite is a must-do!
  • The Hilltop Store – Journey just a few blocks up the hill and dine on some delicious breakfast & lunch items including Eggs Benedict with Burnt Butter Sauce or Wagyu Beef Burgers. 

(Is anyone else getting hungry yet?)

Dinner & Drinks

We highly recommend making a booking, even on slower nights. As a small town full of foodies, local restaurants are often bustling. Our favourite spots include:

  • The Sawtell Hotel – The local watering hole! This pub is the go-to for locals. With live music, good food, and cold beer – you won’t be disappointed. 
  • The Toormina Hotel – If you’re travelling with a family, we recommend visiting the Toormina Hotel which is just a short 5-minute drive from Sawtell. 
  • The Sawtell RSL – With classic pub food & great daily specials, make sure to pop into The Sawtell RSL while you’re in town.
  • The Spare Room – Cocktails made to perfection & gourmet pizzas
  • 63 First Ave. – Yes, it’s made the list again! This time for its selection of craft beer, wine & tapas.
  • Kimono – When visiting a coastline with such fresh seafood, Kimono Japanese is the perfect place to try some sushi or other classics like Ramen and Sake.
  • Indian Cottage – Sometimes you just need a curry! Indian Cottage has a range of insanely delicious curries and Indian classics. This restaurant also delivers in the evenings if you feel like relaxing from your holiday home.
  • The Sawtell Cinema – The perfect before or after dinner date! This stunning theatre plays new & classic movies.

Things To Do

Sawtell is full of things to do. So whether you’re a shopper or a surfer, here are some of our top suggestions for your perfect holiday:

Important Things To Know

  • Most restaurants are closed on Mondays. Make sure to double-check the opening hours of the cafe or restaurant you’ve been eyeing down.
  • Restaurants are often busy from Thursday – Saturday evenings. We recommend making a booking in advance. 
  • Sawtell is very bicycle-friendly!

Getting There

  • Sawtell is just a 15-minute drive from the Coffs Harbour Airport.
  • Driving to Sawtell from:
    • Brisbane to Sawtell – 4.5 hours
    • Gold Coast to Sawtell – 3.5 hours
    • Byron Bay to Sawtell – 2 hours, 45 minutes
    • Sydney to Sawtell – 5.5 hours
  • Great for a long weekend getaway or a long-term stay where you’ll get to know the locals. Once you’re here, you’ll want to stay longer than you expected!

Adventure-lovers can have a full schedule (if they want!) while visiting the region. Check out the Coffs Harbour page for a full list of regional tours & activities.

 

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