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.

(Beautiful image courtesy of Gethin Coles)