Bellingen - GP Synergy
MENU
MENU

Bellingen

Home / Town Profiles / Bellingen

North Coast

Fifteen minutes from the coast and surrounded by lush hills, Bellingen is known for its creative and alternative lifestyle, organic farms and luxury retreats.

A Grouping
MMM5

Location

Bellingen, on the Mid North Coast of NSW, is located 35 km (30 min drive) from Coffs Harbour and just over 500 km (5 hr 30 min drive) from Sydney.

A popular tourist destination, the town of Bellingen is on the beautiful Bellingen River and is also a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park home to lush Gondwana rainforests that have evolved over millions of years.

How to get there

The closest airport to Bellingen is Coffs Harbour Airport, a 30 min drive away. Direct flights operate daily to and from Sydney, and weekly to and from Melbourne, with Qantas, Tiger Air, Virgin Australia and Fly Corporate servicing the region.

There is a train station located in Coffs Harbour with daily TrainLink services to and from Sydney and Brisbane (with stopovers in between).

Buses arrive in Coffs Harbour regularly at the Bus Depot located on the Pacific Highway. Three coach companies can deliver you to the region - Greyhound Australia, Premier Motor Service and New England Coaches.

Population

The population of Bellingen is more than 3000 people, and the median age of residents is 43 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4% of the population.

Bellingen is located within the North Coast Primary Health Network, this series of fact sheets provides an overview of community health for the area.

Healthcare facilities

Bellinger River District Hospital is a 36-bed public hospital, providing 24-hour care. Medical services are provided by general practitioners. Surgical services are provided by specialist surgeons and anaesthetists contracted to the health district.  Services provided include emergency, general medicine, aged care and day surgery.

The closest major referral hospital is the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, a 30 min drive from Bellingen. With 292 beds it provides the majority of specialist medical and surgical services for the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca and Bellingen areas. Services include general medicine, surgery, day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care, intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24-hour emergency department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics and allied health services.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Bellingen.

Accredited GP practices

  • Bellingen Healing Centre
  • North Bellingen Medical Practice
  • Three Rivers Health

  • Industry

The major sources of employment in Bellingen are: hospitals (except psychiatric hospitals), aged care residential services, cafes and restaurants, secondary education and supermarket and grocery stores.
  • Education

There are four schools located in Bellingen: Coffs Harbour, a 30 min drive from Bellingen, offers a range of other schooling and education options.
  • Childcare

For young families the Bellingen and Coffs Harbour area offers a wide range of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Bellingen has an IGA supermarket, specialty and boutique shops including gift, homeware and galleries, as well as cafes and restaurants. Nearby Coffs Harbour offers more extensive shopping opportunities including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and SUPA IGA supermarkets and major retailers such as Target, Kmart, Big W and Harvey Norman.
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Bellingen include Catholic, Christian Life Centre and Uniting churches. Additional places of worship are located in nearby Coffs Harbour including a Buddhist community and Islamic musallah.
  • Points of interest

There is lots to see and do in Bellingen. Bellingen offers outdoor activities from swimming and canoeing on the Bellingen River and tributaries; bushwalking, biking and birdwatching in nearby national parks; and cultural activities including heritage walks, galleries and historical museums. Regular events in Bellingen include growers and community markets, the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival, Bellingen Winter Music Festival and Bellinger River Agricultural Show. What’s on lists events happening in the Bellingen area.
  • Sporting activities

There is a range of sporting facilities, sporting clubs and teams in Bellingen including dragon boating, golf, croquet, cricket, hockey and swimming. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Bellingen Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

Bellingen is home to a variety of community and service groups including Bellingen Rotary Club, Lions Club of Bellingen, Bellingen Music Association and Bellingen Jazz Society. Bellingen Shire Council’s Community Directory provides contact details for many groups.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life in Bellingen. Good places to start are the Facebook pages Bellingen, Bellingen Tribe, Bellingen Swap Buy Sell, Bellinger Valley Health professionals and Coffs Coast.