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Bonville Creek

"Paddling this secluded creek, you totally forget that you’re so close to civilisation."

You don’t need to be an experienced paddler to enjoy Bonville Creek. While close to the thriving holiday village of Sawtell, paddling this tranquil waterway will make you feel you’re a million miles away from any commotion. It’s an easy paddle for canoeists and kayakers of all levels, offering great fishing and birdwatching.

This saltwater estuary is also a good sheltered fishing spot and you might be lucky enough to be cooking up your flathead, mullet or mangrove jack for dinner that night.

Bonville Creek, surrounded by native bushland, attracts plenty of birdlife. Bring your binoculars for a chance to see cormorants, whistling kites, ospreys, kingfishers and the beautiful rainbow bee-eaters. Shorebirds such as little terns and pied oystercatchers make their nests at the mouth of the creek.

For those wanting a longer paddle, canoes and kayaks can also be launched around the upper reaches of Pine Creek.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Bonville Creek is in the northern precinct of Bongil Bongil National Park.

For launching smaller crafts such as canoes or kayaks:

For launching larger dinghies or tinnies:

  • Use the public boat ramp at Lyons Road in Sawtell (outside Bongil Bongil National Park).

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Bongil picnic area and Lyons Road boat ramp.

Important info

Facilities:

  • Boat ramp
  • Carpark
  • Picnic tables
  • Non-flush toilets

You should know:

  • It’s a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
  • The nearest toilets can be found at Bongil picnic area
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to go birdwatching
  • Take care in the water and please supervise children at all times
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.
  • If you’re bushwalking in this park, it’s a good idea to bring a topographic map and compass, or a GPS.
  • The weather in the area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
  • The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
  • Ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit, bring appropriate clothing and equipment and advise a family member or friend of your travel plans.
  • You’re encouraged to bring gas or fuel stoves, especially in summer during the fire season.
  • A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters

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Bonville Creek, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary