Admire picturesque heritage streetscapes in Bellingen by the beautiful Bellinger River, in the Coffs Coast hinterland. The charming town is on the Waterfall Way, a lovely driving route that winds past UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforest, dramatic waterfalls, sweeping valleys and granite peaks.

The tranquil river is popular for kayaking and canoeing. Dairy and other farms thrive in the fertile Bellinger Valley soil around the town, which is nicknamed Bello by locals. You’ll find places to stay dotted along the riverbank and in the verdant countryside surrounded by enchanting bushland.

A family cools off in Bellinger River, NSW, Australia

Halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and 30 minutes' drive southwest of Coffs Harbour, Bellingen is perfect for a relaxing getaway and a great base for exploring. Stroll along main Hyde and Church streets for heritage buildings, with timber verandah posts adorned with decorative corner brackets.

Stop for refreshments at the Federal Hotel, a beautifully renovated two-storey pub and bistro on Hyde Street that first opened in 1901. Another tempting delight on Hyde Street is the Tuckshop Bellingen, a fish and chip shop that serves fresh seafood caught by Coffs Harbour fishing boats.

An enticing jewel on Church Street is the Cedar Bar and Kitchen, in 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.

Exterior view of Cedar Bar and Kitchen through flowering plants, Bellingen

With a vibrant community of artisans, artists and farmers, Bellingen celebrates its creativity with bustling markets, an agricultural show and festivals. The Bellingen Community Markets is held on the third Saturday of the month in pretty Bellingen Park. There are over 260 market stalls to browse.

Want to time your holiday on the mid NSW North Coast with enthralling 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 - the popular Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival is in June.

The heritage town is an excellent base for travelling to the natural attractions. The World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park is only half an hour away. You can discover the native wildlife of the Bellinger River with Bellingen Canoe Adventures, which also offers thrilling whitewater experiences.

Coffs Harbour Airport

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 to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. There are four operators servicing the region - QantasLinkTigerairVirgin Australia and Fly Corporate


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  1. Bellingen Community Markets

    Saturday 15 December 2018 to Saturday 20 December 2025 , Bellingen

    For over 35 years Bellingen Community Markets is abuzz every third Saturday of the month in the beautiful heritage tree lined Bellingen Park from 8am - 2.30pm. The event showcases more than 260 diverse and colourful stalls, from local…

    15 Dec - 20 Dec
  2. Camp Creative Bellingen

    Monday 14 January 2019 to Friday 18 January 2019 , Bellingen

    A week long creative summer school for families and individuals. It's an immersive and super fun week of learning and experimenting. It's all about imagination, innovation and enjoyment! Creativity is for everyone. Find new creative…

    14 Jan - 18 Jan
  3. Sgt. Matthew Locke MG Charity Event

    Friday 22 February 2019 to Sunday 24 February 2019 , Bellingen

    Celebrating Sgt Matthew Locke MG and those veterans past and present sees the Army Thunder Rugby League team play Bellingen Magpies in an annual match up. This event has built up over the past nine years and encompasses a 18 hole, three…

    22 Feb - 24 Feb