Bellingen Travel Guide

  • Some pretty scenery en route
    Some pretty scenery en route
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  • You're bound to see cows somewhere around Bellinge
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Bellingen Things to Do

  • The mosaics

    Being an arty town, Bellingen has capitalized on the talent therein and mosaics can be found when you're strolling around, even if you feel the need to visit certain places you will find them.The one shown here is on the footpath not far from the tourist information centre.

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  • Summervilles Road

    This road runs more or less parallel to the main road to Dorrigo for about 15 kms before they meet up at Thora. Though there is some dirt (about 3 kms) and it's narrow, it is also scenic with little traffic and makes a nice loop drive from Bellingen.At the eastern end there's a river crossing just before Gleniffer and there's a significant fig tree...

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  • WATERFALL WAY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    As usual, the first place we stop is at the Tourist Information Centre. The Bellingen one was easy to find, as it's signposted and located in the middle of the main street. We really did have to call in as we couldn't find the Caravan Park! The kind lady told us the only one was at the Showgrounds, that was ok with us. She rang to see if sites were...

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  • THE BELLINGER RIVER

    The pretty Bellinger River rises in the Great Dividing Range, and travels 109 kms to empty into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, east of Urunga. The River runs through the Bellinger River National Park and the New England National Park, and through the town of Bellingen. Even though when I was looking at this sedate river, where children...

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  • LOVELY MOSAICS

    It was wow! when I set eyes on the side of the Toilet block, for there on the wall was a lovely large mosaic. It even had the Ladies and Gents done in mosaic. After taking some photo's, I walked further along to find several picnic tables and benches covered with mosaics.I loved them!If you wish to see these, then head to the Bellingen showgrounds....

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  • CENTENNIAL PLACE

    Centennial Place is probably the most modern part of the town. At the start, is a bronze map of the area to commemorate the towns centenary between 1863 - 1963. After viewing this, I walked further on and found lots of outdoor seating and Public Toilets.It was across the road where I found Kombu whole foods, a shop that sold organic food.A pity I...

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  • MORE HISTORIC BUILDINGS

    These are all located in Hyde street. The best building in the whole street, and one NOT TO BE MISSED, is Hammond & Wheatley Emporium. The brochure describes the building as 'An innovative enterprise with locally manufactured concrete blocks and techniques and materials ahead of contemporary country practice."The building is lovely inside and out....

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  • 41 - 59 HYDE STREET, BELLINGEN

    Between these numbers, there was a collection of Government buildings, some built from brick, and others like the Post Office from 1909, was built out of wood. The Court house and the Police station were built in 1910 out of concrete bricks which were made in a brick-making machine imported from the USA.If you haven't picked up the detailed...

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  • CHURCHES IN BELLINGEN

    A few steps away from the Memorial Hall, I admire the St. Andrew's Uniting Church. What a strong looking Church, one that would look at home in an old walled city!The next Church I come across, is St. Margaret's Anglican Church, a much older looking Church. I notice a plaque at the entrance to the church grounds refers to St Margaret of Scotland....

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  • BELLINGEN MEMORIAL HALL

    The first building I notice is the Memorial Hall. I happened to hear a band member saying they couldn't practice there because of an event. I looked at the events to be held and found there are plenty to the end of the year. It seems like the Hall has been a popular place for a long time, from the olden days when Balls were held, then Rock...

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  • GREATEST ONE DAY CRICKETER

    Another find in Meeting Place Park! There he was, the sculptured head of ADAM GILCHRIST, AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ONE DAY CRICKETER, and guess where he was born........Bellingen of course!Adam Craig Gilchrist was born 14 November 1971 in the Bellingen Hosptial. He was nicknamed "Gilly" or "Churchy." He was a left-handed batsman, a record-breaking...

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  • THE PIANO SCULPTURE

    Located in Meeting Place Park is an interesting sculpture of a Piano. Upon reading the inscription, I found it was for the quite famous concert pianist, David Helfgott.Helfgott was born in Melbourne to Polish-Jewish parents, and was a child prodigy at the age of 5 years. During his life, his first marriage broke down, and Helfgott suffered mental...

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Bellingen Restaurants

  • The Old Butter Factory boasts food and...

    Well, I have only dined here once and I had the most wonderful devonshire tea..........i.e. scones jam and cream for the unfamiliar...........I had coffee with it though when people mostly choose tea as the beverage.Update. January long weekend (3rd). My old Bellingen friends and I decided to get together for lunch to-day. The old Butter Factory...

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  • Unbelievably great.

    Thoroughly interesting and unusual church (and grounds) conversion. The front building is given over to top of the range restaurant equipment while the open air side accommodates a few tables that spill into the old church and more tables. There are a couple of long ones to cater for larger parties but we four were happy outside at a square timber...

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Bellingen Transportation

  • A boat was often used to transport...

    the river when it was in flood. It used to flow so hard that the boat would have to start way upstream to land people close to town on the other side.

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  • The bridge link between North and South...

    If there has been a lot of rain in Bellingen or further west, after a few days you might find the Bellingen River in flood and the connecting bridge between North and South may have gone under water. This combined with waters over the flat areas approaching the township from Raleigh sometimes can inconvenience visitors to the area.Apart from this...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Bellingen Local Customs

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    by unravelau Written Dec 11, 2003

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    centre one? It might have something to do with the lack of lighting after dark...........i.e. your headlights have to pick up the road direction and therefore this unbroken white line. Pretty sensible I guess.

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Bellingen Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Written Nov 5, 2013

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    Coming into Bellingen from the Pacific Highway, we pass through the very fertile, lush green Bellingen Valley. This area is where there are Dairy farms, and where organic vegetables are grown and sold at the roadside shop.
    Arriving around 3pm, was when the Farmer was moving his Cows from across the road to his Dairy on the other side to be milked. He makes sure the road is clear first before opening the gate, then the Cattle dogs come into action and herd the Cows through the gate. Even though they don't take long to cross, we and other cars had arrived while they were crossing, so just be aware of this.
    Once across and the road was clear, we were off again, heading into Bellingen.

    Milking time! Milking time!
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Bellingen Off The Beaten Path

  • Hospital garden

    There was a doctor from England who was once in charge of Bellingen Hospital. He was a bit of a horticulturalist and, in time, he imported some exotic species to plant in the garden at the rear of Bellingen Hospital.George Hewitt was his name and for much of his life he resided in the Bellingen area. Plants were imported from South America and...

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  • # 3 - PROMISED LAND LOOP

    From the Promised Land, we travel on dirt road in amongst some rainforest and ordinary state forest. Here we come across a wooden one -lane bridge which crosses the Never, Never Creek, not much of a Creek at the moment, but it could be very different in Winter when it's the rainy season.Across the other side, we could pull off and park the car....

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  • # PART 2 - PROMISED LAND LOOP

    Time to move on from Gleniffer. Back in the car and travelling on dirt road, we cross a small stream and then head through rolling hills where cattle are grazing. In the background is a forested Mountain range with some interesting cliff formations, worth a few photos for sure! What makes it extra special, are the flowering Jacaranda trees...

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Bellingen Sports & Outdoors

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    by balhannah Written Nov 6, 2013

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    Coming into Bellingen from the Pacific Highway, we noticed the very well maintained Bellingen Golf Course on our right.

    No need to think you can't have a game because you haven't your clubs, that problem is solved by the pro-shop which has electric carts, buggies and clubs for hire, so easy!
    The clubhouse has Keno, Pokies and a Bistro that's open from Tuesday to Sunday serving Australian, Asian & Chinese food.

    Unlimited golf after 2pm for $17.50
    Visitors can play 9 or 18 holes for $15.

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Bellingen Favorites

  • Three days of walking - Blackbutt track

    (Note: this track is about 40 minutes up the road from Bellingen, enquire at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for maps etc.) Eventually I opted for the Blackbutt Track, a 6.5km option that finishes at the Never Never Picnic Area and leaves you with a 4 km hike back up the road. As a testimony to the chill winter’s morn (and my laziness, let’s be...

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  • Three days bushwalking - Gleniffer Falls

    The third day dawned and it was the day I was going to Gleniffer Falls, somewhere beyond my campsite on Never Never Creek. I hoped he wouldn’t turn up on time (7 a.m.) as the winter chill penetrated my clothing but, lo, there he was and with two passengers. My hope of stalling him with a cup of tea dissipated and I hastily started packing.He had...

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  • Three days of walks - Stony Creek

    I’d seen it before in the creeks; the colour is unmistakeable, but it’s not very common. It depends so much on light or, more correctly, the angle of it. Traipsing through rainforests means that light can be a problem but, just occasionally, when the stars are aligned, so to speak, the flashes of brilliance can be observed.Thus began my odyssey...

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