Sawtell, named after Osmond Sawtell, was first settled by timber cutters in search of red gold (cedar trees) in 1863. The land sub-divided and the village began in 1923.
The Sawtell Toormina area has plenty of activities for holidaymakers. In addition to the beach, there’s a rock pool and sandy creeks for swimming. An 18 hole golf course, bowling green, croquet and 12 court tennis club.
Fishermen can choose between beach rock and estuary. Boat ramps are available at Bonville Creek and Boambee Creek.
Sawtell village has become a mecca for good eating. Every year in July the Sawtell Chilli Festival kicks in with a full day of hot delights. Highlights of the festival include the Chilli eating competition, and Chilli drinking competition. If you intend competing next year then you’d better get into training.
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