The riverside town of Bellingen is nestled in the heart of the green and lush Bellinger Valley between the coast and the Dorrigo Plateau on the scenic Waterfall Way
. Home to a large number of people who moved there to enjoy a laid-back and creative, artistic or alternative lifestyle, Bellingen is buzzing with markets, cafés, galleries, festivals and events.
It is 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 that seems to capture people’s hearts.
The beautifully restored timber, stone and iron lace Hammond & Wheatley Emporium dominates the townscape. It shares the main street with an equally beautifully renovated country pub - the Federal Hotel – and eclectic shops and boutiques, clothing and general stores, bakeries and award-winning cafés and restaurants.
The Old Butter Factory, more than a century old, now houses a range of art, craft and gift shops in a garden atmosphere. Its café looks out onto the green open spaces of the local golf course and borders the Bellinger River that traverses the town.
With around 250 stalls and live music, the monthly Bellingen Community Markets always attract great crowds. The Jazz & Blues Festival and the Global Carnival are just two of the many festivals and events
that liven up the town throughout the year, while you can catch live entertainment in pubs and clubs every week.
Because Bellingen is a fabulous place to live it up and lap up the good life – think private luxury guesthouses, health retreats, superb dining options and day spas – the place is also a favourite romantic destination
for couples and makes a great girls’ getaway.
In and around Bellingen you’ll find a huge selection of accommodation, particularly B&B’s, farm stays, guesthouses and self-contained cabins - most in quiet rural hideaways.
Town map of Bellingen...