The Bonville Pine Creek estuary is situated south of Sawtell, about 9 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour. The estuary drains a catchment area approximately 115 km2 and opens to the ocean at the south of Sawtell Headland. The entrance is shallow and untrained, but generally remains open.
The Bonville Pine Creek system includes two large creeks, Bonville Creek and Pine Creek, which join approximately 2km upstream, and the smaller Middle Creek which runs through Sawtell and Toormina, and joins near the estuary mouth. Much of the catchment of Bonville and Pine creeks is undeveloped with the lower reaches of the creek sitting within Bongil Bongil National Park. Middle Creek however flows through the business and industrial districts of Sawtell and Toormina.
It is assumed that due to the rich and varied resource base of the lower estuary, the coastal lands were home to a large pre-settlement aboriginal population, with Bongil Bongil literally translating to a place where people stay a long time. The estuary has a large amount of aboriginal heritage items including sacred sites, middens and open camps, and is an important place for aboriginal heritage.
Bonville Pine Creek Estuary Processes Study Part 1 (6.44MB)
Bonville Pine Creek Estuary Processes Study Part 2 (7.55MB)
is currently preparing a Coastal Management Program for the Bonville Pine
System which will be exhibited towards the end of 2017.