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Pine Creek paddle route

Bongil Bongil National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Pine Creek paddle route.

Getting there and parking

Pine Creek paddle route is in Bongil Bongil National Park.

To get to the Burma Road launch site:

  • From Pacific Highway, take the Pine Creek Way exit
  • Turn onto Overhead Bridge Forest Road, then left onto Burma Road
  • Continue to the end of Burma Road where you’ll find the launch site. 4WD access only.

To get to the Bonville boat ramp end point in Sawtell:

  • From Pacific Highway, take the Lyons Road exit towards Sawtell
  • After around 3.7km turn right then right again to reach the Bonville boat ramp.

To get to Bongil picnic area end point:

  • Take the Bonville exit from Pacific Highway onto Pine Creek Way
  • Turn onto William Road north of Bonville
  • Bongil picnic area is at the end of Williams Road.

Road access

The Burma Road launch site is 4WD access only, with limited turnaround room for cars towing trailers.

  • Mixture of sealed and unsealed roads

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

  • There’s limited parking at Burma Road.
  • Parking is available at Bonville boat ramp and at Bongil picnic area.
  • Arrange a pickup or car shuffle if you plan to paddle one-way.

Facilities

  • The nearest toilets to the launch point are located at Sid Burke Forest Park, off Pine Creek Way, west of the highway.
  • Toilets, barbecue and picnic facilities are available at Bongi picnic area or in Sawtell.

Boat ramp

Bonville boat ramp is located outside the national park.

Carpark

Vehicle pullover available at the end of Burma Road.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

The riverbank height at the Burma Road launch site varies with tides, from 1 to 1.5m. Please take care.

Fishing safety

Fishing from a boat, the beach or by the river is a popular activity for many national park visitors. If you’re planning a day out fishing, check out these fishing safety tips.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

Permitted

Fishing

A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

Prohibited

  • Pine Creek is a designated low-speed waterway by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) with a maximum 4 knot speed limit. Motorboats, jetskis, and waterskiing are not permitted.
  • Please do not walk across fenced areas, these protect endangered Floyd’s grass.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Pine Creek paddle route

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Pine Creek with grassy riverbank and vegetation reflected on water surface. Photo: Jay Black/OEH.