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Bonville Creek

Bongil Bongil National Park

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Bonville Creek is a great place for canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing in Bongil Bongil National Park, near Sawtell.


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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Bongil picnic area, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary/OEH

    Bongil picnic area

    Bongil picnic area, south of Coffs Harbour, is a secluded spot for picnicking, canoeing, 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.

A man paddling a canoe along Pine Creek, with creek banks in distance. Photo: Jay Black © OEH