Driving through this town’s quaintly unconventional rural main street, the array of activities and entertainment on offer may not be immediately apparent, so we’ve rounded up the following list of things to do in Bellingen.
Canoe on the Bellinger River
Bellingen Canoe Adventures is a fun day out for everyone. There are trips catering to all ages and skill levels. Hire a single, double or triple canoe/kayak, They’re comfortable, stable and flat bottomed so you won’t fall out. This is a fantastic way to observe the rich ecosystems and wildlife, flora and fauna and aquatic culture of the Bellinger River. Bookings are essential. http://www.ilovebelloshire.com/venue/bellingen-canoe-adventures/
These monthly markets are renowned around NSW as one of the best. It primarily focuses on Local Arts, Craft, Food, and Produce, which results in impassioned informed insights from artist, crafter, grower and cook, Learn about the product of their toil, enjoy some tunes from local musician performances and take home something for yourself or someone special. Third Saturday of the month in the Bellingen Oval. http://www.ilovebelloshire.com/event/bellingen-markets-5/2017-04-18/
Bellingen Growers Market
Held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month, this market encourages and promotes local growers and servies to give the community reliable access to organic and chemical-free produce within a multi-faceted marketplace which supports a healthy lifestyle and a more sustainable future. You’ll find amazing range of freshly picked produce, mostly certified organic – fruit, vegetbles, salad greens, nuts, flowers, all direct from local growers. Other stalls sell local honey, eggs, dips & relishes, hand-made soaps, and more. Live music outside and great coffee! http://www.ilovebelloshire.com/event/growers-market-bellingen-showground-3/2017-07-22/
Festivals, Events and more
Bellingen has a reputation for being centre stage to wonderfully creative, successful festivals and events which are held annually. From Bello Winter Music Festival, Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival, Camp Creative, Spring and Autumn Plant Fairs, Bellingen Fine Music Festival and more. For more things to do, keep an eye on our website for what’s coming up. http://www.ilovebelloshire.com/
Bike Hire & Bike Trails
We are a locally owned and operated family business offering tailored Mountain Bike Hire in the Bellingen Shire and surrounds. We offer affordable short-term hire from our home in the forest, with native bush land trails from our doorstep. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of tall hardwood forests and moist rainforest gullies. We also offer a bike drop off and pick up service to your accommodation or chosen location within the Bellingen area. Options include established bike trails along the scenic Urunga seaside or the surprising beauty of the Coffs Creek Circuit. Reconnect with the simple joy of bike riding with our 2017 model mountain bikes, designed for comfort and ease of riding. Bellingen Nature Bike Rides provides a healthy, fun and environmentally friendly way to explore and experience our unique Shire and beyond.
Start your Saturday mornings a little differently with a hike route planned and led by the Bellingen Hikers. Each hike is announced a couple of days prior, with a map, meeting point and a description of the hike’s length, degree of difficulty and general advice. They’re generally 1.5-2hrs long and such a great way to kick off your weekend. Discover places you didn’t even know existed, enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Picnics and Swimming
Warm summers bring locals and visitors to the picnic area under the town’s iconic Lavenders Bridge. This is a beautiful place for families who want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon or early evening swim in the Bellinger River while having a picnic or take-away meal outdoors. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat and please leave this area as you found it – clean and tidy. Visit the ilovebelloshire website for more things to do in Bellingen.
There’s never a shortage of live gigs in venues around Bellingen. The genres cover well-known local regular rock bands, folk & indi musicians, jazz trios and soloists, international performers and Australian iconic treasures who include Bellingen on their national tour route. For the list of upcoming live music events check the ilovebelloshire website.
Bellingen is a nurturing place for artists of all kinds. There are regular gallery events held in pop-up locations around town and in dedicated art galleries. See the full list on the ilovebelloshire website.
Shopping in Bellingen is always interesting with a variety of giftware, furniture & homeware, clothing, alternative, artisan and more. For a small town it punches way above its weight in quality shopping experiences.
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