Magical riverside escape
Bellingen is a charming town on the banks of the beautiful Bellinger River, a popular waterway for kayaking and canoeing. With a rich architectural heritage, Bellingen is a delightful place to stay and enjoy music festivals, markets and rainforest walks.
Situated along the beautiful Waterfall Way driving route, Bellingen is a picturesque town with guesthouses lining the banks of the tranquil Bellinger River. Dairy and other farms thrive in the rich soil surrounding the town, with the Bellingen Growers Market selling some of the bounty on Saturdays twice a month.
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and 30 minutes' drive from Coffs Harbour, Bellingen is perfect for a relaxing getaway and an excellent base for exploring natural attractions, such as the river and the nearby World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park.
You can discover the native wildlife of Bellinger River with Bellingen Canoe Adventures, which also offers whitewater experiences. Rainforest and waterfall walking tours with Million Star Hotel Outdoor Arts and Adventures depart from Bellingen, in the verdant Bellinger Valley.
Accommodation options suit various budgets, from secluded retreats and elegant guesthouses to a youth hostel and riverside camping. Farmstays are available too on organic farms. You can savour locally grown seasonal produce at quality restaurants and cafes and at the growers market.
With a vibrant community of artisans and artists, Bellingen celebrates its creativity with the monthly Bellingen Community Markets and several festivals such as Bellingen Music Festival, a classical music event. Bello Winter Music Festival and Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival are popular, too.