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Arts, culture, heritage and lifestyle in Bellingen

Bellingen is a laid-back, tree-lined town with a New Age vibe. It's set in a luxuriant valley beside the Bellinger River.

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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 – regardless of budget. For travellers on a shoestring, comfortable backpacker's accommodation is available, and there are also ample camping options. With pleasant weather conditions all year round, Bellinger is the perfect place to experience the unique splendour of Australia's natural environment.

Luxury accommodation options are also available in Bellingen, perfect for those looking for a romantic weekend away. 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. For those who would like to take some time out from their busy lives but want to do so in an ecologically sustainable way, the eco huts around Bellingen provide the perfect solution. Surrounded by verdant greenery, Bellinger is a nature-lover's dream come true.

Warm and mild even during the winter months, the weather in Bellingen is close to perfect. This makes it possible to enjoy bushwalking, cycling, camping and water sports all year round. The gorgeous weather also makes Bellingen the ideal location for Australia's largest regional markets – which attract visitors from all around NSW. The <strong>Bellingen markets</strong> 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 – imbuing the area with a dynamic creative energy. Filled with natural splendour and abuzz with food, music and culture, Bellingen is a true gem.  

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