Charming 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 you can enjoy music festivals, markets and rainforest walks.

  • Gleniffer Gorge, Dorrigo National Park

About Bellingen

One of Australia's best-kept secrets, Bellingen is a picturesque town situated roughly halfway between Brisbane and Sydney. Running through the centre of town is the Bellinger River,€“ providing tranquil water views for many of the guesthouses in the region. Replete with natural beauty, Bellingen promises a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Bellingen caters to travellers from all walks of life with varied accommodation options. For travellers on a shoestring, comfortable backpacker's accommodation is available, and there are also ample camping options. Intimate cottages line the Bellinger River, and a host of charming bed and breakfast guesthouses can be found close to the town. Bellingen also has a number of eco huts and farmstay accommodation options, great for those who would like to take some time out from their busy lives but want to do so in an ecologically sustainable way.

With pleasant weather conditions all year round, Bellingen is the perfect place to experience the unique splendour of Australia's natural environment. Enjoy bushwalking, cycling, camping and water sports throughout the year.

Bellingen hosts one of Australia's largest regional markets€“ which attract visitors from all around NSW. The Bellingen markets boast a surplus of locally-grown produce and handmade crafts, and there is live entertainment for all ages. Guests to the area can easily spend a whole day wandering around the markets, taking in the sights, smells and sounds.

Referred to as the creative hub of the Coffs Harbour region, Bellingen is also home to the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival held every year around August. Within the Bellingen community are a number of writers, artists and musicians â€imbuing the area with a dynamic creative energy. Filled with natural splendour and abuzz with food, music and culture, Bellingen is a true gem.  

  • National Parks

    Visit Bellinger River National Park and discover steep slopes and valleys with rushing waterfalls. Nearby, Dorrigo National Park is a 25-minute drive from Bellingen's town centre and offers stunning scenery. The park is home to a World Heritage-listed rainforest with a variety of rare flora and fauna.

  • Waterfall Way

    Waterfall Way is a 2.5 hour scenic driving route passing several natural attractions including Ebor Falls, Dorrigo National Park and Cathedral Rock National Park. The drive stretches from Coffs Harbour to Armidale and winds through lush rainforests, waterfalls, open woodlands and farmlands.

  • Walks

    Explore the town of Bellingen at your own pace or join a walking tour and take in the town's heritage buildings including the Historical Museum, an Anglican church and the old Butter Factory Complex. Wander alongside Never Never Creek to take in Bellingen's natural surrounds before dipping into the water for a swim.

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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