Situated on the mid north coast of NSW, approximately half way between Brisbane and Sydney is the very beautiful city of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour is where my family lives so I am lucky to visit this beautiful part of the NSW coast regularly and often. It is less than a 5 hour drive for me from my home in Brisbane.
About a 20 minute drive south of Coffs Harbour is the lovely seaside town of Sawtell.
With its idyllic beaches, chic cafes and a stunning coastal national park Sawtell is a delightful destination for a seaside escape. Its unspoiled beaches, rain-forest, wildlife, wetlands and estuaries, make it an ideal location for outdoor adventures.
We have stopped often for lunch at the Sawtell Surf club which is right on the beach. It not only offers great food but a gorgeous outlook.
Just about a few minutes drive or a 10 minute walk from the centre of town is the Boambee Headland with its breathtaking views towards the north and down to the south.
If travelling south towards Sawtell this is an easy lookout to access. Be sure to drive to the second, higher car park where it isn’t even necessary to get out of you vehicle to enjoy expansive views to the north and also south toward Sawtell. If you have time there are gentle paved paths down to the ocean. Also, timber stairs which offer easy access to the swimming beach.
Buy a picnic, take it up to the headland and just sit and relax looking out to sea. There are regular sightings of hump backed whales and dolphins.
Standing on the headland and looking towards the south the views are spectacular.
The village’s main street is adorned with enormous fig trees, which provide shade for boutiques and outdoor dining at cafes and restaurants. Stop in to one of the many restaurants and cafes for a coffee or great lunch or just stop at one of the many table and benches in the centre of the town for a picnic lunch. The street, trees and cafes in the evening are decorated with lights giving it a fairy tale look.