Bonville Pine Creek

A community unlike any other

Explore inspiring articles, discover events, connect with locals and learn more about Coffs Harbour City Council.



You can find information on current changes to our programs, services and facilities, necessitated by precautions introduced in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic here...

Read more
Library Online

Level One Water Restrictions

Are still in place across the LGA. Find out more about Dam Levels and Water Restrictions...

Read more
Disaster Revocery

Bushfire Recovery Portal

Council have created the bushfire recovery portal to ensure that the recovery process is as simple and clear as possible...

Read more
View all news

Latest News

Rent Waived

Council to Waive Rent from Community Groups and Sports Clubs

An extension of the current rent waiver for local community and sporting organisations that rent facilities from Council will be provided for the three months...

Read more
Botanic Garden

Federal Funds Earmarked for Community Projects

An allocation of $1.38m in funds from the Australian Government has been earmarked for the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Glasshouse Project and the next stage of the Jetty Foreshores Project...

Read more

Coffs Coast Youth Inspired by Cultural and Civic Space

The cultural, social and technological opportunities being offered by the planned youth space in the Cultural and Civic Space have sparked excitement among local youth and educators...

Read more
Visit Coffs Newsroom

Bonville Pine Creek

Bonville Creek

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)

Council is currently preparing a Coastal Management Program for the Bonville Pine System which will be exhibited towards the end of 2018.