A cultural community with a country town vibe.
One of the prettiest towns of New South Wales is also one of its most creative. Bello is renowned for its natural beauty, festivals and vibrant arts and music scene.
Famous for its eclectic mix of boutique shops, galleries and string of great restaurants, cafés, and bars, Bellingen – ‘Bello’ to locals – was once a dairy village. Retaining its country charm, this historic town is now home to a dynamic community of artists and creatives and is the host of a number of annual creative arts and music festivals.
Relax and unwind against the backdrop of the beautiful Bellinger River and blue hazed mountains. The river runs through the town, perfect for swimming and canoeing.
There are plenty of opportunities to experience Bellingen’s wonderful natural setting – from paddling a canoe on the meandering Bellinger River to watching the majestic sight of thousands of flying foxes taking flight as they head down the river at dusk.
Bellingen is famous for its restaurants and cafes which line the main street and leafy laneways. You’ll find many full of local art and often hosting live music.
There is a huge variety of food on offer from fine dining to family-friendly bistros, organic cafes to takeaway pizzas.
Bellingen has been transformed over the years into an alternative hub.
Known for its colourful monthly market, its produce and artisan markets feature organic locally grown produce, gourmet foods and handmade wares.
Combining laid-back charm, with a passion for sustainable living, the Bello lifestyle is quite different to the urban norm.
Visit the Shire
The mountains - Dorrigo
Dorrigo lays claim to the ‘World Heritage listed’ Gondwana rainforests of Dorrigo National Park, with walking trails and waterfalls.
The Dorrigo township offers a mix of cafes, boutiques, galleries and organic produce.
The coast - Mylestom
Mylestom is nestled between the ocean and the Bellinger River.
Its surf beach is patrolled adjacent to the surf club during the surf season. The river has a netted tidal pool offering a protected swimming area.
The coast - Urunga
A fifteen minute drive from Bellingen will have you at the long white beaches of Urunga, a seaside town that’s a drawcard for summer holiday visitors.
It’s a great spot to enjoy the coast after your course has finished for the day.