Bonville Creek takes a new route
BONVILLE Creek has created a new entrance to the sea for itself, running into the Pacific Ocean opposite Dolmans Point.
While flooding sometimes sees the creek overflow into the ocean at this point, the change in the creek entrance in fine weather is a rare occurrence.
Long-time Sawtell resident Pam Worland said the creek broke through the sand hills several days ago and in doing so returned the creek to a configuration familiar in the 1950s and, before that, the usual creek mouth for Bonville Creek in the 1900s.
The new entrance is believed to have put Bonville Creek's Little Terns breeding ground under water.
“In the early 1900s, you could drive your buggy from the Reserve to Sawtell Headland – there was no water there at all,” Mrs Worland said.
At present Chinamans Creek is providing a shallow flow of water into the ocean near the headland, creating two creek entrances.