Sawtell is a pleasant surprise. Sawtell is in essence a suburb of Coffs Harbour, but this small and historic town has retained an independence from the greater city. Sawtell has lots of character which is out of character for Coffs Harbour. Heritage and history is important at Sawtell.

The main street of Sawtell is classic.

In 1863 a cutter carrying a load of cedar logs ran aground on what would become Sawtell Beach. A Coffs Harbour farmer named Walter Harvey assembled a team of workers to salvage the logs, and a small settlement developed near the site of the wreck.

Forty years later, the land around Sawtell Beach was purchased and subdivided by Oswald Sawtell for housing and farmland. A railway station, post office, school and hotel followed soon thereafter and by the 1930s Sawtell had become a thriving coastal village.

The Sawtell congregational churches likewise have that small town charm.

The Sawtell War Memorial is located over the road from the RSL (which is a blot on the streetscape).

The Sawtell Hotel was established early in the 1900ís.

The Sawtell Memorial Gardens have really nice story to relate.

Sawtell has its own accommodation offerings, beaches and services and a consideration when staying at Coffs Harbour.

Heritage diary



Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course