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Sawtell ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.5
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Crowds: 3.5
Accommodation: 5.0

Overall: 4.2

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Sawtell break guidePhoto by: walter wonderlie

Sawtell Surf Guide

Sawtell in Port Macquarie is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf. Autumn and winter are the best times of year for waves. Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Tends to receive a mix of groundswells and windswells and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Watch out for rips, rocks and sharks.

Sawtell Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp:
fairly consistent21.2°C

Surfing Sawtell:

The best conditions reported for surf at Sawtell occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the West-southwest.

Surf Forecasts:

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Use the tab navigation above to view Sawtell sea temperature, Sawtell photographs, Sawtell detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Sawtell webcams, current wind from NSW - Port Macquarie live weather stations and Sawtell tide predictions. The Australia swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Australia and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Australia wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Sawtell

Sawtell Surf:

Monday, 1 June 2020, 05:37 Local time
Monday 01
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 4 4 5 5
Wind (km/h) 15
NW 15
NW 15
NNW 15
Wind State cross-
cross cross-

Tide Times:

For Coffs Harbour-North Wall, 7 km from Sawtell.

IS AT (local time)

Sawtell Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Coffs Harbour, 11 km from Sawtell.

light winds from the NNW

Air temperature
n/a °C

Current weather near Sawtell

Buoy Data:

At Coffs Harbour Waverider Buoy, 12 miles from Sawtell.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.845
Average period (s) 4.21 4.71 6.79 4.71

All wavebuoys around Sawtell

Overall Sawtell Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in May

Surf stats for Sawtell: see the swell variation by month.


Wind stats for Sawtell: see the variation in direction and stength by month.

No need, Sawtell photo


Photo credit: Cool Creative

Trap Doors, Sawtell photo


Photo credit: walter wonderlie

Sawtell Location Maps

Sawtell Location Map

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Use this relief map to navigate to NSW - Port Macquarie surf spots and tide stations that are in the area of Sawtell

Other Nearby Surf Breaks closest to Sawtell:

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Wave buoys nearest to Sawtell:

Tide stations nearest to Sawtell:

  • Closest tide station
    Coffs Harbour
    5 mi
  • Second closest tide station
    10 mi
  • Third closest tide station
    11 mi
  • Fourth closest tide station
    Northwest Solitary Island
    16 mi
  • Fifth closest tide station
    30 mi


  • The nearest passenger airport to Sawtell is Coffs Harbour (Coff's Harbour) Airport (CFS) in Australia, which is 11 km (7 miles) away (directly).
  • The second closest airport to Sawtell is Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport (OOL), also in Australia, 232 km (144 miles) away.
Sawtell break location map and break info