Bellingen is a small historic town encounted when traveling the Coffs Harbour to Dorrigo route. Bellingen is on the banks of the picturesque Bellinger River. Bellingen though small has most essential services and is now a wealthy enclave town that had its earlier incarnation during the hippy era.

The name Bellingen was first mentioned by Clement Hodgkinson as the native name for the area, and is believed to come from "Baalijin", the Gumbaynggir name for the Quoll (Native Cat). He refers to the river as the "Bellingen River" in his 1845 book, "Australia From Port Macquarie to Moreton Bay".

Bellingen was originally known as Boat Harbour, changing its name to Bellingen in 1870. From the 1840s onward red cedar attracted more and more settlers. In the 1890s, Bellingen was selected as the government centre of the valley, due to its location at the tidal limit of the Bellinger River and the availability of fresh water. A period of rapid growth ensued.

In 1950, Bellingen came to national fame with the birth of the Sara Quads (Sara family quadruplets). From the 1970s until the present, alternative life-stylers purchased land in the area and built owner-built homes.

Bellingen was one of the filming locations for the 2003 comedy film Danny Deckchair.

Bellingen has a strong affinity with the arts and is home to numerous festivals:

Tourism has been encouraged in recent years by the cafe, market and festival culture. There are some really nice retail outlets in Bellingen.

The Federal Hotel is the single pub and highly popular.

The congregational churches are all very interesting and different designs. The Anglican being the oldest.

The Bellingen War Memorial is located in the western end of the main strip.

The Bellingen Museum is next to the info centre.

When visiting all plenty of time to delight in this great little town and community.

Heritage diary


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course