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Mid North Coast Creative Places


The riverside town of Bellingen is nestled in the heart of the green and lush Bellinger Valley between the coast and the Dorrigo Plateau on the scenic Waterfall Way, less than 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour. Home to a large number of people who enjoy a laid-back and creative, artistic or alternative lifestyle. Bellingen is buzzing with markets, cafés, galleries, festivals and events.

About The Town

It is the wonderful combination of Bellingen’s turn-of-the-century ‘main street’ village atmosphere, rich architectural heritage, rural charm, bohemian atmosphere and thriving cosmopolitan culture that seems to capture people’s hearts.

Every café and pub you walk into seems to showcase art, music, film nights or other community events and unlike many other smaller towns there always seems to be people about. Other creative hubs can be found 7 days a week around the Old Butter Factory with its galleries and arty shops or every third Saturday at the Bellingen markets.

Bellingen could probably claim to be the festival and events town of the Creative Coast, home to the Bellingen Jazz Festival, Bellingen Writers Festival, Camp Creative, Bellingen Fine Music Festival and numerous concerts and shows at the Bellingen Memorial Hall. The art deco hall is used for everything from weekly classes to plays, gigs, movies and a wonderful array of touring acts.

All of these special features and more have given Bellingen a nationally recognised reputation as a cultural hub, despite it being a small country town.

For more information on visiting Bellingen go to Visit NSW Website:

Explore The Town

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Bello Winter Music Festival

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Arts Trail – Urunga, Bellingen and Dorrigo

Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo
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Waterfall Way Gallery

57 Hickory Street Dorrigo
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Hammond and Wheatley Emporium

73-75 Hyde St Bellingen
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The Bellingen Brewery & Co

3/5 Church Street Lane Bellingen
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Bellingen Waterfall Way Visitors Information Centre

29-31 Hyde Street Bellingen
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David Helfgott Sculpture

33-39 Hyde St Bellingen
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Bellingen Historical Museum

33 Hyde St Bellingen
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Nexus Gallery

1 Doepel St Bellingen
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Bellingen Community Market

cnr Church, Park & Ford Sts Bellingen
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Bellingen Fine Music Festival


Explore The region

Bellingen Shire Culture Trail

The Bellingen Shire includes the lush Valley between the coast at the seaside town of Urunga and the Dorrigo Plateau on the scenic Waterfall Way, less than 30 minutes from Coffs Harbour.

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