The view from Sawtell Surf Club.
The view from Sawtell Surf Club. Coffs Coast Advocate

Sawtell is best in NSW

SAWTELL seachanger Jenni Croot couldn't agree more with official news her town is the most desirable place to move to in country NSW.

Jenni and her husband, Graham, relocated to the seaside village two years ago for the quality lifestyle after their nine-year Californian sojourn.

“Knowing the coast quite well, I agree Sawtell has the best to offer for change and its close proximity to Coffs Harbour with its airport, hospital and shopping,” Jenni said.

Sawtell topped the 'amenity index' compiled by UNE researchers and based on the qualities sought by those wanting to shift base.

Coffs Harbour is in second spot on the top-10 list, followed by Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Woolgoolga, Ocean Shores, Mullumbimby, Bogangar, Murwillumbah and Dorrigo.

Sawtell, Jenni said, boasted a quiet village appeal and a great lifestyle, with the sophistication of great boutiques, spas, restaurants, cafes and a beautiful old cinema thrown in.

“More and more businesses are opening here, too,” she said.

“You can make a quiet escape to the city (Coffs Harbour) if you need to.”

“Sawtell is the best place for location. It's quaint, you've got all your amenities and one of the best beaches on the Coffs Coast.

“It also has a lot to offer tourist and business travellers.”

Jenni reckons being a Sawtellian is all about enjoying the slower pace of life.

“It has good air, which is one thing I didn't have in California,” she said.

“There's no traffic and the people are great. A lot of people have made the change from the city to the country and discovered something beautiful.”

Jenni, who owns Boronia Street's Creekside Inn, says most of her colleagues on Sawtell's business chamber are also sea-changers.

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