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Bongil picnic area

Bongil Bongil National Park

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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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Opening times

Bongil picnic area is open from 7am to 7pm during daylight savings and 7am to 5pm rest of year. The picnic area is behind a gate that's locked outside of opening hours.

What to
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Easily reached from Coffs Harbour and Sawtell, Bongil picnic area is a tranquil spot to kick back and relax beside Bonville Creek.

Enjoy a family picnic under one of the shelters, or roll out the picnic rug on the grassy clearing surrounded by tall, pencil-straight blackbutt trees.

Keep an eye out for the local wildlife. You might be lucky to see a koala or swamp wallaby. Bring your binoculars to spot cormorants, kingfishers, and waterbirds that are attracted to the bushland and waterways.

After a tasty barbecue lunch, admire the view of Bonville Creek from the nearby viewing platform. Head to the pontoon for a spot of fishing or to explore the park by canoe or kayak.

Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of the network of tracks and trails in this area of Bongil Bongil National Park. Why not stretch your legs along the 5km return walk along North Bank trail to Moller Drive at West Sawtell.

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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Bonville Creek

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

Bonville Creek, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo © Andrew Turbill