Originally settled around the 1840s as a river port known as Boat Harbour, Bellingen is now best known for its welcoming village atmosphere, creative energy and relaxed and friendly lifestyle.
Stroll through its well-preserved heritage streetscape, visit the town’s renowned café strip for the best coffee in the region, or wine and dine at one of the numerous quality restaurants and bistros.
Ever since the 1970s Bellingen has been a haven for artists, artisans and those seeking an alternative lifestyle. As a result, a variety of innovative local arts and crafts is on offer at the town’s galleries and boutique outlets, while visitors flock to the monthly community markets and many arts and music festivals.
And 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.