Bongil picnic area

Bongil Bongil National Park

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Overview

About 15 minutes from Coffs Harbour, Bongil picnic area offers a picturesque venue for your nature based wedding ceremony or private event. Host your special day amid this beautiful landscape on the banks of Bonville Creek.

Venue is suitable for
Corporate and business events, private party or function and wedding ceremonies
Capacity
Maximum people: 120
Facilities
Picnic tables, barbecue facilities, carpark
Fees

$265 for a wedding ceremony. Other events are charged on a group size basis to a maximum of $265. Contact the Coffs Harbour office for more information on pricing.

Availability
Available for hire 7 days a week.
Venue not available for exclusive hire
Bookings
Bookings required. To make a booking or for more information, email or call the Coffs Harbour office
Other Information
Bongil picnic area is closed from sunset to sunrise and the area is locked via a boundary gate.

Situated on the banks of the tranquil Bonville Creek, Bongil picnic area is set in a grassy clearing surrounded by tall pencil-straight blackbutt trees in Bongil Bongil National Park. Not only do these offer the picture-perfect backdrop for your wedding, but they also provide a lightly shaded spot to exchange vows.

Aside form being a flawless setting, Bongil picnic area makes a great accessible location for your next event. You and your guests can enjoy easy access to nearby reception venues in Sawtell and Coffs Harbour, where the celebrations can go on.

Choose from a number of locations for a memorable celebration. The viewing platform makes an idyllic wedding ceremony setting. From here, your guests can admire the view over Bonville Creek and the forested mountains beyond.

Bonville Creek is surrounded by native bushland and attracts plenty of birdlife. If you’re lucky, the local cormorants, whistling kites, ospreys, kingfishers and the beautiful rainbow bee-eaters that reside here might make an appearance. You may even be lucky enough to see koalas that sometimes frequent the picnic area. Once the formalities are done, check out the nearby North Bank walk or explore the park by canoe or kayak.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

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    Bongil picnic area

    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.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/venues/bongil-picnic-area/local-alerts

Park info

See more info on the venue

Venue info

All the practical information you need to know about the Bongil picnic area.

Getting there and parking

From Coffs Harbour:

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

The gate to Bongil picnic area is automatically locked between sunset and sunrise.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

The carpark is adjacent to Bongil picnic area. There are 30 parking spots and bus parking is available. Access is via Williams Road, off Pine Creek Way.

Facilities

All rubbish must be taken with you when you leave. Please leave the area clean and tidy. If significant cleaning is required there may be a fee.

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

You can bring and use your own portable gas barbecue if it has a drip tray.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Maps and downloads

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

This area is wheelchair accessible with some minor difficulties such as a grassy surface. You may need assistance to get around in some areas. The toilets are wheelchair accessible.

Permitted

Food and drink

  • You may bring your own food as well as portable gas barbecues fitted with drip trays for cooking.
  • On-site barbecues can be used for catering purposes and commercial catering is also permitted.
  • Limited alcohol consumption by guests is permitted and amounts must be detailed on the application form.

Plant materials

  • Only rice and petals, flowers and flower arrangements containing no seed material.
  • A florist can arrange this for you on request.

Structures, staging, furniture, amusements and decorations

  • Weighted free standing decorative items such as bridal arches, red carpet and columns are permitted.
  • Small marquees, chairs and tables.

Commercial filming and photography

Power, lighting and amplified sounds

  • There is no publicly available power
  • One single speaker, portable PA system or music player with an amplifier no greater than 50 watts
  • Volume must be kept at a level that does not interfere with other park users' quiet enjoyment of the park.
  • Lighting may be permitted and must be detailed on the application form.

Prohibited

Balloons, plant materials and animals are not permitted, including decorations consisting of paper confetti and flowers or plant materials that contain seeds.

Horse-drawn carriages, tents, marquees and banners are not permitted. Please do not put up signage or cordon off structures or areas at Bongil picnic area.

Receptions post ceremony will not be accepted.

Camp fires and solid fuel burners

Camping

Gathering firewood

Generators

Horses

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.