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Some of the best views on the coast can be found at Bonville Headland – which is great because it’s also a fun place to take children.
To keep toddlers entertained, bring some old bread to feed the seagulls. They will swarm and provide endless entertainment for kids who love to chase birds. We regularly save our old bread and take it up to the headland. It’s amazing how quickly those birds can devour a loaf of bread.
On the headland, there are a few good spots to put a picnic blanket down. Right at the top of the hill is the best place for kids who require constant attention. It’s a big flat grassy area, with a few picnic tables and great views, right next to the carpark.
Just past the main carpark is the perfect spot for afternoon and evening fish and chips, with the great views out to the mountains where you can watch the spectacular sunsets. On Fridays this is the place you’ll find the Sawty locals with their camp chairs and eskies. This place is a bit more hilly and you’ll constantly be chasing kids who love to run away.
One of the great features of the headland is the walking path which goes the whole way around, all the way down to the bottom of the hill on both sides. At the bottom of the headland on the northern side, there is a great rock pool area at low tide. On the southern side, there is a free swimming pool (built into the rocks) and a public shower. Also, along the path there are wooden chairs for taking in the views.
During winter is also a great time to see the local pods of dolphins hanging around the headland and checking out the southside surfers. It’s also one of the best spots on the coast to do some whale watching.
So whether you’re looking for a nice sunny spot on a cold day to get out with your kids, or have visitors you want to show the whales off to, or are looking for a nice weekend lunch spot, the Bonville Headland is a great choice.
Directions: From Sawtell’s main street, follow Boronia Street south-east all the way past Boronia park and up the headland road. From the main street, follow the sign at Boronia St which says ‘Lookout’.
There is a carpark on the left before you reach the top of the hill, but it’s not a good walk up to the top of the hill with kids, so keep driving up to the top. The main carpark is at the top of the hill, but you can also park all the way along the headland road.
Amenities: Public toilets available (though not a nice spot to change nappies).
Weather notes: During a strong northerly or southerly, the headland can be very blowy. There is also no shade provided, so bring sunscreen on hot days.
Coffee: There’s a coffee van until 11am daily.