Bellingen is nestled in the Bellingen Valley on the banks of the Bellinger River. This pretty town is home to farmers, creatives, young families and retirees. Throughout the year it hosts a diverse range of festivals, events and market days. It’s a delightful place to relax and enjoy the stunning view and some fine local music while sampling this region’s produce in friendly restaurants and cafes around town, stretch your legs on a gentle nature walk or more challenging hike, or kayak along the river. You are truly spoilt for choice for things to do here. Visitors are captivated by the region’s natural beauty, the green rolling pastures and pockets of rainforest framed by the tree-clad Dorrigo escarpment. But it’s the wonderful combination of Bellingen’s turn-of-the-century main street village atmosphere, rich architectural heritage, rural charm, bohemian atmosphere and thriving cosmopolitan culture and cafe society that truly captures people’s hearts.

The 3500-plus richly diverse locals come from all walks of life. The healthy ‘alternate’ dedication to family, community and work-life balance is the strong denominator which unifies the town. One of the most creative communities on the mid north coast, Bellingen is home to some of the most colourful events in NSW.  Bellingen is also a shopper’s Mecca, from designer labels through to locally made and organic, there is something for everyone. If you stay a while in Bellingen you are spoilt for choice for accommodation – from friendly backpacker abodes and camp grounds to luxe b&b offerings – all with a unique Bellingen flavour.

 

Tours

Bellingen Canoe Adventures

Car Hire

Hertz Rent A Car

Attractions

Raleigh International Raceway

Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

Arts Trail in Urunga, Bellingen & Dorrigo

Birds in Bellingen, Dorrigo & Surrounds

Cycling and Mountain bike riding

Walking in Bellingen

Bellingen Heritage Walk

Bellingen Markets

Bellopy Organic Farmers Market

Bellingen Growers Market

The Yellow Shed

Old Butter Factory

Valery Trails & Horse Riding Centre

Bellingen Museum

 

Events  

Bellingen Music Festival

Bello Winter Music Festival

Bellingen Turtlefest

Camp Creative

Spring and Autumn Plant Fair

Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival

Bellinger River Agricultural Show

Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival

 

Real Estate Agents

Cardow & Partners Property

Century 21 

Openhomeonline

Suzanne Atkinson

LJ Hooker

 

Restaurants

Black Bear Cafe

Restaurant 1381

The Old Butter Factory Cafe

5 Church Street Bellingen

Cedar Bar & Kitchen

The Federal Hotel 

Little Red Kitchen

Tuckshop Restaurant & Catering

 

Accommodation

The Federal Hotel 

Lombok on Waterfall

Bellingen Valley Lodge

Fernridge Farm Cottage

Koompartoo Retreat

Aniseed Luxury Villas

Belfry Guest House

CasaBelle Country Guest House

Bellingen Riverside Cottages 

The Dairy

Lilypad Luxury Cabins

Guesthouse on Hyde

Dwell Bellingen

Glocca Morra

Bellingen River Cabins

Bellingen Valley Lodge

Bellingen Farmstay

Easy Street Retreat

Promised Land Retreat

Wisteria Cottage

 

 

 

(Beautiful image courtesy of Gethin Coles)