3 Idyllic Day Trips from Bello
Bellingen itself is a fantastic destination to explore with it’s boutique shops, eclectic selection of markets, winding river, music and arts scene and a variety of delicious cafes and restaurants. However, if you’re visiting for more than a few days you may wish to take advantage of the beauty and adventure in the surrounding area. Bellingen is the perfect base to explore both the sunny beachfronts and the lush hinterland. To help you plan your day trips from Bello we’ve come up with our favourite spots to visit, all an easy day trip away.
Bellingen is the gateway to the Waterfall Way, and Dorrigo just up the mountain is a must do. Dorrigo National Park is World Heritage listed boasting the most magnificent lush rainforest foliage, breathtaking waterfalls and unique fauna. Dorrigo National Park hosts an incredible sky walk with sweeping views over the valley, some excellent waterfall hikes, an interactive visitors centre and gift shop. There is a cafe on site and a number of green picnic areas to enjoy.
The Dorrigo township is quaint and traditional with a historical museum, a traditional style pub and some cute shops. Be sure to head just north of the town centre to Dangar Falls, another beautiful waterfall showcasing an impressive 30m water drop, breathtaking lookout and a hiking track to the bottom of the falls.
Urunga, where the Bellinger River meets the sea, is a laid back seaside town providing an excellent opportunity to enjoy the best of both the river and the beach. From the river front reserve there is a short boardwalk meandering through mangrove wetland, tidal flats and finally arriving at the ocean. Walking along the boardwalk to the beach you can see various fish, unique seabirds and hoards of crabs. The river front reserve is spacious and the perfect spot for a picnic. On your way back to Bellingen make sure to stop in at the Honey Place to see a working bee hive and sample some delicious local honey products.
Sawtell, like Urunga, is a coastal town but with it’s close vicinity to Coffs Harbour is a little busier. Sip a coffee in the main street of Sawtell enjoying the unique centre strip which boasts a number of elegant fig trees. Then make your way up to one of the magnificent headlands to watch the surfers, seagulls and hopefully spot a dolphin! There are picnic spots galore and even a fun tidal pool to splash in. Sawtell town also has many yummy dining options and an independently owned cinema.
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