Top 5 Hidden Gems of Bellingen

Our beautiful Bellingen is brimming with activities to suit all ages and tastes. Some of the obvious (and wonderful!) picks are the monthly community markets and the galleries at the Old Buttery Factory. However, if you’re interested in something a bit quieter and more local we’ve got you sorted. Read on for Bello’s best hidden gems.


1| Picnic at Northbank Community Garden

Located on the northside of Bellingen, Northbank Community Garden is a maze of garden beds and social spaces. The gardens began in 2008 and now boast a huge range of edible and ornamental plants. Wandering through the garden, you’ll discover a variety of fruit trees, medicinal herb gardens and unique and rare vegetables. The views from the garden are also impressive with a sweeping gaze over the Bellinger river and valley. Northbank Community Garden is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch, lazy afternoon or slow stroll.


2| Feast at Bellingen Growers Market

If you love local seasonal organic produce, delicious homemade goods and non-hybrid seedlings the Bellingen Growers Market is your place to be. Grab a few organic veggies, some aromatic local herbs and feast on local seasonal fruit. Our favourite products are the Valla macadamias, Gerbuchi fermented tonic and whatever fresh berry looks the juiciest! The market includes a cafe green featuring live, local music.The market is held every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm at Bellingen Showground, Cnr Hammond and Black Streets, Bellingen.


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 3| Get pampered at Alchemy

Alchemy is more than your average day spa or massage clinic. Bello’s best holistic health center boasts some top luxuries and health treatments. Offering everything from eleven different styles of massage, an infrared sauna and luxury spa bath, to acupuncture, naturopathy, energy healing and so much more this is the ultimate place to get pampered and healed.


4| Explore the river with Bellingen Canoe Adventures

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 flatwater 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!


5| Om at The Bellingen Yoga Studio – Currently Closed due to COVID-19

The Bellingen Yoga Studio has been operating for over 20 years and offers a range of classes to suit all ages and abilities. Teachers are warm, welcoming and highly experienced. Class styles include beginner, general, okido, chi gong and meditation. The studio is located conveniently close to the town centre and is an easy stroll or drive to shops, restaurants and many accommodation providers.

For more tips on activities in the Bellingen Shire check out our blog posts the best of Bellingen Shire: outdoor activities and 3 idyllic day trips from Bello.

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