The best of Bellingen Shire: Outdoor Activities

Bellingen shire is blessed with an excellent subtropical climate making outdoor activities enjoyable all year round. Whether you’re in town with the family, on a weekend away with your loved one or visiting with friends you’re sure to find an activity to enjoy. We’ve listed our favourite below:


The Bellinger River is a spectacular attraction in itself as it winds through the lush valley and releases into the ocean at Urunga. Riding on the Bellinger River, however, can take your humble river experience to the next level. Bellingen Canoe Adventures offer canoe hire as well as a variety of guided tours to get you comfortably and safely on the river. You can choose between flat water cruising, rapid adventures, a beautiful sunset ride or a very special full moon tour. Perfect for family, friends, couples and solos – everyone is sure to have a brilliant time!

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Nail a hole in one at Bellingen Golf Club

Located centrally in town the Bellingen Golf Club hosts a 10 hole course amidst beautiful trees. Slowly hit your way through the day while you overlook the Bellinger River and gaze at the hinterland mountain ranges. Visitors and social players are welcome.

Trot through the rainforest at Valery Trails

Valery Trails is an award wining riding centre located just 20 minutes drive from Bellingen. Their qualified guides can take you on a slow walk through the the lush rainforest or a faster ride in the hills and valleys of the state forest. There are rides to suit all abilities and the horses are absolutely beautiful.

Breathe in the crips air at Dorrigo National Park

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 a gift shop. There is also a cafe on site and a number of green picnic areas to enjoy.

For more tips on activities in the Bellingen Shire check out our blog posts top 5 hidden gems of Bello and 3 idyllic day trips from Bello.

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