Bellingen is a picturesque town in the New South Wales mid-north coast famed for its scenery, cafes, coffee and boutique shops. The town centre boasts a cafe strip, gelato store, green grocer, restaurants and dozens of boutique-style shops. The small township has a population of less than 3000 people, but has a bustling dining scene serving up a modern twist on the traditional cafe fair.
Bellingen’s town centre is on Waterfall Way, serving as the gateway to the coastal towns of Uranga and Coffs Harbour. A stroll through the town centre will take you past the historic court house, churches and the impressive, old white-bricked Hammond and Wheatley general store built in 1900. The town centre is just a short drive to crystal clear swimming spots on the Bellinger River and the deep, cold rock pools of the Gleniffer Valley, with its tiny community church – inspiration for Peter Carey’s novel Oscar and Lucinda – and idyllic Promised Land. The 2003 Australian comedy Danny Deckchair was also shot in Bellingen.
- Cafes, shops and restaurants
- Historic buildings
- Visitor information centre
- Public toilets
- Filtered water refill point
- Gelato shop
- 1900-built Hammond and Wheatley general store