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Bongil Beach

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All the practical information you need to know about Bongil Beach.

Getting there and parking

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    Bongil Beach is on the eastern edge of Bongil Bongil National Park. There are four options for getting there:

    • Park at the eastern end of School Road and walk 1km from the locked gate, along Palm Crossing trail, to reach the beach.
    • Park at the eastern end of OVerhead bridge Road and walk 1.5km from the locked gate, along Bongil Beach trail, to reach the beach.
    • If you intend to cross the waist-deep water of Bonville Creek estuary from Sawtell, take extreme care, and only cross at low tide.
    • You can also walk to Bongil Beach from Bundagen Head, near Mylestom.

    Road quality

    • Unsealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Parking is available at numerous locations within southern Sawtell.

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    Fees and passes

    A beach driving permit is required to drive on Bongil Beach. NSW National Parks annual passes do not cover beach permit fees.

    Permits are $10 per vehicle. Available from the Mylestom Store, 16 George Street, Mylestom. Open daily 7.30am to 5pm. Phone 02 6655 4203.

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    Beach safety

    Beaches in this park are not patrolled, and can sometimes have strong rips and currents. These beach safety tips will help you and your family stay safe in the water.

    Bongil Beach is generally not safe for swimming. Rips and deep currents are present and entering the water is only recommended for experienced surfers.

    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 Plus 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).


    Beach driving at Bongil Beach is possible with a permit as far as the southern side of Bundagen Head on North Beach. From that point, it’s walking only. NSW National Parks annual passes do not cover beach permit fees.


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



    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.


    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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