NESTLED on the banks of the Bellinger River sits the town of Bellingen, home to an eclectic mix of artists, farmers, retirees and young families.
The pristine natural beauty which surrounds the town captivates all who cross its path and inspires those who seek adventure. Bellingen is one of three towns to be found in the shire, with Dorrigo perched on the plateau in the west and Urunga on the coast - all three have distinct communities.
Visitors and locals alike relish in the diverse range of festivities throughout the year which brings thousands of visitors to the area including live music, art exhibitions and market days.
The region plays host to artisan food and winemakers which are showcased to high regard in the many delightful restaurants and cafes.
Overflowing with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, visitors are encouraged to stretch their legs on a gentle nature walk or kayak along the river as they enjoy the view of the rolling green pastures and pockets of rainforest.
Keen anglers can throw a line in at one of the many fishing sites where wild and stocked rainbow and brown trout, eels and Australian Bass make their home. Dangle a line from the Urunga boardwalk and snag some bream, or catch a wave at the patrolled beach at Hungry Head.
While in the area, why not visit some of the other hamlets which include Mylestom at the mouth of the Bellinger River and Sawtell, known for its 70-year-old fig trees lining First Avenue.
The enduring combination of the shire's rural charm, bohemian atmosphere and respect for Indigenous culture is a mixture which truly captures the nature of the shire - an inclusive and truly unique place to visit.
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