Bellingen

Highlights

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.

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About Bellingen

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.

Bellingen North Coast

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.

Family relaxing in Bellingen

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.

Fly into Coffs Harbour Airport

Coffs Harbour Airport is located 4 km from Coffs Harbour’s town centre. Use the shuttle bus and taxi services at the front of the terminal to make the short journey north. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Direct flights operate daily to and from Sydney, and weekly to and from Melbourne, with three operators - QantasLinkTigerair and Virgin Australia  - servicing the region.

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