By the beautiful Bellinger River, Bellingen is a perfect base for exploring beautiful heritage and natural attractions while enjoying a getaway. The tranquil river is popular for kayaking and canoeing, and scenic drives wind past World Heritage-listed rainforest and dramatic waterfalls.
Eat and drink
Explore historic Hyde Street and drop into the Federal Hotel, a beautifully renovated two-storey pub and bistro that first opened in 1901. Another tempting delight on Hyde Street is the Tuckshop Bellingen, a popular fish and chip shop that serves fresh seafood caught by Coffs Harbour fishing boats.
The Cedar Bar and Kitchen is a lovingly renovated old timber church built in the 1900s. The Bellingen Brewery & Co. is in a carefully converted old factory in a Church Street laneway. Enjoy a fine selection of locally brewed craft ales and delicious food. 5 Church Street cafe specialises in local produce and live music.
Markets and festivals
With a vibrant community of farmer’s and artisans, Bellingen celebrates its creativity with bustling market and festivals. The Bellingen Farmers & Produce Market are held each week in the Bellingen Showgrounds and the Bellingen Community Markets is on the third Saturday of the month.
Time your holiday on the mid NSW North Coast with one of the many cultural events. The Bellingen Fine Music Festival is a classical music gala in September. The eclectic Bello Winter Music Festival is in July. Book lovers can rejoice too with the popular Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival in June.
Explore the nearby Dorrigo National Park on the Waterfall Way, a driving route that tours its World Heritage-listed rainforest and dramatic waterfalls. You can discover the native wildlife of the Bellinger River with Bellingen Canoe Adventures, which also offers thrilling whitewater experiences.
Getting there and where to stay
Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, Bellingen is a 5hr 30min drive north of Sydney and a 30min drive southwest of Coffs Harbour. Direct flights operate from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour airport. You can also catch the train from Sydney and the journey takes around nine hours.
You’ll find places to stay dotted along the riverbank and in the verdant countryside surrounded by enchanting bushland. Accommodation options range from cottage bed and breakfasts and farm stays to luxury cabins and retreats as well as idyllic camping in the Myall Lakes National Park.