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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

Type:Rating:
Icon pointPointIcon  s44.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.9°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

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:

What's the best time of year to surf Sawtell (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Sawtell with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 54% of the time in June while 37% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 9% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
54%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
37%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
9%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Sawtell Location Map

Interactive Sawtell surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. 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.

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Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
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Sawtell Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 30 July 2021, 04:31 Local Time
Friday 30
1AM4AM7AM10AM
Wave (m)
1.7
S
1.4
S
0.6
SSE
0.9
SSE
Period (s) 8 8 8 8
Wind (km/h)
10
10
5
0
Wind State off off off glass

Swell History at Sawtell

Surf stats for Sawtell, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Sawtell

Wind stats for Sawtell, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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