Bellingen is a pretty town of 13,000 people (2021) in a green valley on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales. Bellingen is slightly alternative lifestyle, with more than its share of arts, crafts and markets. It caters well for travellers.
Although it has a typically mild and tropical climate, it can really rain when it chooses to which it does almost every day in the wet season, and the low level bridge across the Bellinger river in central Bellingen is subject to flooding.
Visitor information centre
The easiest way to get around is to walk. The town isn't big, but you do need an umbrella for the afternoon daily storm.
- Historic buildings
- Bellinger Valley Historical Society Museum.
- A beautiful area to take a swim in the Bellingen river can be found along "Glenifer road". Take the first left after the Glenifer hall and find a park when you reach the first bridge after this turn off. Walk upstream along the river from the bridge about 300 m and you will find a wonderful deep swimming hole.
- Tours to Dorrigo National Park. The tours can be arranged in the Bellingen YHA, but only on 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesday and Friday). Cost: $35 per person. (May need updating?)
- Dorrigo day trip. Transport only. Spend the day in the mountains at Dorrigo. Stops in town and at the Rainforest Centre. Walking path to Dangar Falls. (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday). Cost $27 per person with Dorrigo Transit. Bookings Essential.
- See a live performance.
- The Old Butter Factory, 1 Doepel Street. Arrays of arts, crafts and lifestyle gift ware, with much of the work produced on site.
- The Yellow Shed, 2 Hyde Street, ☏ . Displays of crafts, artworks, jewellery, perfume, gifts for all ages and over 3,000 selected book titles.
- The Mysterious Bee, 6 Valleyview Drive Bellingen, ☏ . A nature documentary filmed in Bellingen. $30.
- Federal Hotel, 77 Hyde Street (Waterfall Way), ☏ . .
- 1 Cedar Bar & Kitchen, 8 Church Street, ☏ .
- 2 Diggers Tavern (Old RSL), 30 Hyde St, ☏ . M-Th 10AM-9PM, F Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. Diggers Tavern is one of Bellingen’s favourite meeting places with three-star accommodations, a beer garden, TAB and gaming facilities.
- Federal Hotel, 77 Hyde Street (Waterfall Way), ☏ . This hotel has a great range of draught beers on tap, a good wine list and bottled beers from around the world.
- Bellingen YHA Backpackers, 2 Short Street, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Bellinger Valley Motor Inn, 1381 Waterfall Way, ☏ , email@example.com. The Bellinger Valley Motor Inn offers 27 large, comfortable rooms. All rooms have air-conditioning and are at ground level. Outdoor facilities include a pool, recliners, BBQ area and heated spa.
- The Lodge Bellingen (head 1 km west of town centree; exit left when you see the sign saying "Belingen Lodge"). Country Motel with pool, spa. Includes bell tents and alpacas.
- 1 Hil's Place, 11 Ford St, ☏ .
- 2 Koompartoo Retreat, 12 Dudley St, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxury couples accommodation at Koompartoo Retreat.
Enjoy a secluded retreat within walking distance from the main streets of Bellingen. All cabins include an electric fireplace for cozy evenings, BBQ on the verandah and Nespresso coffee machine. Some cabins also include a large luxurious bathtub.
Be aware going in rainy season. It usually rains in Bellingen every day, and rainy season only makes Bello More wet, and difficult to visit.
- Take a drive or ride along Waterfall Way to visit the World Heritage listed Dorrigo National Park and Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
- The coastal centre of Coffs Harbour is half an hour's drive to the east.
- Be sure to take a trip up the waterfall way to take in the beautiful scenery and country atmosphere of Dorrigo
- Continue on Waterfall Way to Armidale, Australia's highest city.