An attractive, tree-lined dairy town on the Bellinger River Valley, Bellingen’s initial prosperity in the 1830s was founded on the shipping of cedar logs.
It experienced a rebirth in the 1970s when a wave of settlers in search of an alternative to city life homed in on the town. Many have stayed on as the cornerstone of a local arts and crafts industry whose wares are displayed in a string of galleries and in the famous Yellow Shed.
A number of the town’s buildings which date back to settlement in 1870 are heritage-classified, including the restored Hammond and Wheatley Emporium and the Old Butter Factory.
For a relaxed, scenic drive you can't do better than follow the road north through farm and forest to a lovely valley so fittingly named The Promised Land.
Bushlovers won’t be able to resist the Bellinger River National Park which forms an important conservation link between the Dorrigo and New England National Parks.
The ever-popular coastal resort city of Coffs Harbour is just an hour’s drive east.