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Bonville Creek

Bongil Bongil National Park

Overview

Bonville Creek is a great place for canoeing, kayaking and fishing and also offers great birdwatching opportunities in Bongil Bongil National Park, near Sawtell.

Where
Bongil Bongil National Park
Price
Free
Please note
  • The nearest toilets can be found at Bongil picnic area
  • Drinking water is limited or not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken
Bonville Creek, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary