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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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....more
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...more
Even though I had been to Bellingen many times before, I never knew there was a settlement known as Promised Land. It was through one of the brochures from the Info centre, that I found out about it.The drive is 31kms, and begins at Bridge street by the Post office. It takes you over the Bellinger river and onto the Glennifer road, to little...more
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.
beautiful, I would just have to take them for a drive around .............. over the bridge to north Bellingen, around to the island that houses a large flying fox population.........and further afield to see the general scenery around the Promised Land and Never Never Creek etc.It reminds me a bit of what I think that Ireland looks...more
There is a Neighbourhood Centre right in the Centre of Town.................coming in on the right hand side. The beauty of Neighbourhood Centres is that they can be a mine of information.......... I would make it my first port of call upon arrival.A great local site that you can tap into for more information is www.bellingen.com/ The beautiful...more