Bongil Bongil National Park
Bonville Creek is a great place for canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing in Bongil Bongil National Park, near Sawtell.
- Bongil Bongil National Park in North Coast
You don’t need to be an experienced paddler to enjoy Bonville Creek. Just 10 minutes drive south of Coffs Harbour, this tranquil waterway will make you feel you’re a million miles away from town. It’s an easy paddle for canoeists, kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders of all levels.
This saltwater estuary also offers a sheltered fishing spot. If you're lucky, you might catch flathead, mullet or mangrove jack to cook up for lunch at nearby Bongil picnic area.
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.
Bongil picnic area
Bongil picnic area, south of Coffs Harbour, is a secluded spot for picnicking, fishing and birdwatching by the banks of Bonville Creek, in Bongil Bongil National Park.
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Pine Creek paddle route
Adventurous canoeists, kayakers, and stand-up paddle boarders will enjoy this downstream route along pristine Pine Creek, a wildlife haven in Bongil Bongil National Park, near Coffs Harbour.
- Coffs Harbour office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 02 6652 0900
- 4/32 Edgar St, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
- in Bongil Bongil National Park in the North Coast region
Bongil Bongil National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
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