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Bongil Beach

"I especially love walking along this beach when the weather is cold and windy and the surf is thumping."

If you love walking along wild and untamed beaches, then Bongil Beach in Bongil Bongil National Park is the place to be. Nestled between Bongil picnic area in the north and Bundagen Headland to the south, it's ideal for nature-lovers who want a remote nature experience and enjoy some birdwatching.

South of Coffs Harbour near Sawtell, you’ll have to walk in to Bongil Beach. You might see seasoned surfers, and it's a popular spot with the locals for beach fishing. But with 7km of golden sand and unspoilt coastline to go around, you won't feel crowded in.

Keep your eye on the waves, as you might see dolphins and, on shore along the dunes, the bright pink flowers of the succulent pigface are sure to catch your attention. Look out for shorebirds such as little terns, red-capped plover and pied oystercatchers scurrying across the sand.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Bongil Beach is in the northern section of Bongil Bongil National Park. There are four options for getting there:

  • Cross the waist-deep water of Bonville Creek estuary from Sawtell
  • From Palm crossing trail, which is in the central section of Bongil Bongil National Park, walk 1km from the locked gate to reach the beach.
  • From Overhead Bridge Road, in the central section of Bongil Bongil National Park, walk 1.5km from the locked gate to the beach.
  • From Bundagen Head, in the southern section of the park, via Mylestom. Beach vehicle access to Bundagen Head is possible with a permit. From there, walk north to the beach.

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Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at numerous locations within southern Sawtell.

Important info

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • Bongil Beach is unpatrolled and generally not safe for swimming. Rips and deep currents are present and entering the water is only recommended for experienced surfers.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • This attraction is in a remote location, so please ensure you’re well-prepared, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters
  • Beach driving is possible with a permit as far as the southern side of Bundagen Head on North Beach. From that point, it’s walking only.

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Bongil Beach, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Barbara Webster