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