A Quick Guide to Bellingen

Where is Bellingen? What is Bellingen? Why is Bellingen?

If you’ve come here looking for our regular wedding FAQ, you’ve come to the wrong place.

This post is all about how to get to Bellingen, where to stay, and how to navigate this adorable, sleepy little town that straddles the rainforest-shrouded mountains and the beautiful beaches.

bellingen hotel
You could have stayed here if you’d booked it earlier!

Where to Stay in Bellingen

We’re not going to mince words here. If you’ve not booked something in Bellingen yet, you might be shit out of luck.

We’re one of three weddings taking place in Bellingen over the long weekend, which means accommodation is at a premium on sites like Booking.com for our dates.

You may still have some luck with Airbnb, however, as several of our bridal party have picked up gorgeous places in and around Bellingen as recently as this week. If you’re booking on AirBnb, be sure to use this link to get a $37 credit towards your first stay.

Finally, you might want to cast a broader net to include nearby towns such as Coffs Harbour, Mylestom, and Urunga. You’ll just need to leave a little early for the wedding and get back a little late from the festivities.

Waterwall Way scenic drive, Dorrigo National Park
Don’t worry, this road is on the other side of Bellingen. Only Chris’ family has to deal with it.

How to Get to Bellingen from Coffs Harbour

If you’re flying in from interstate or abroad, you’ll be landing at Coffs Harbour Airport. The airport, while small, is serviced by affordable flights through local domestic carriers such as TigerAir, QantasLink, Virgin Australia, and FlyCorporate.

Coffs Harbour is also serviced by a daily train service from Sydney and Brisbane, as well as a number of bus connections.

There are three ways to get from Coffs Harbour to Bellingen:

  1. There is a regular Coffs Harbour – Bellingen bus service (Route 361) with multiple transfers per day. You can find the schedule here. Tickets will be around $4 – 6 AUD.
  2. Both Coffs Harbour and Bellingen have taxi services that can arrange the transfer for $60 – $90 AUD.
  3. Uber operates within Coffs Harbour on weekends. Prices are cheaper than taxi fares, but availability will be limited.
  4. If you’re renting a car, it is a relatively straightforward 20-30 minute drive from Coffs Harbour to Bellingen.

If there is sufficient demand, we can also look into arranging a courtesy bus to get people home after the reception. Please let us know if you might be interested in this so we can get an accurate number!

If you don’t have smashed avo while you’re in Australia, did you even really visit Australia?

Where to Eat in Bellingen

Bellingen is a small town, but it has a great Bohemian environment that means you’ll find terrific coffee and delectable brunches at virtually every turn.

In addition to the amazing food at Cedar Bar (our venue), you’ll also find terrific Sunday brunches at Black Bear Cafe, The Fennel Seed, Old Butter Factory, Hearthfire Bakery, Hyde Bellingen, and The Purple Carrot.

Feeling a pub lunch? The Federal Hotel, Diggers Tavern, and Bellingen Brewing Company all have terrific pizzas, burgers, and other hearty fare.

What About Late Night Food?

We’re quietly confident that you’re not going to be hungry after the massive spread Cedar Bar is putting on for us, but we understand how excessive libations can lead to a little late-night gluttony.

We’ll be making sure everybody leaves with a little goodie bag of drunk snacks to tide them over, but we would also recommend stopping at the local IGA (grocery store) to grab some snacks and water for your hotel rooms.

As a small town, there isn’t much open late at night in Bellingen, but No 5 Church Street (located right next to our venue) stays open until late on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Dangar Falls is one of many gorgeous spots near Bellingen.

Things to do in Bellingen

One of the reasons we chose Bellingen as our wedding venue was because we wanted a place that people could include as part of an Australian holiday, rather than some out of the way place with nothing to see or do.

Bellingen’s location halfway between Sydney and Brisbane makes it a great stop on an east coast road trip, with the beaches of nearby Coffs Harbour and the rainforests of Dorrigo National Park both being a huge selling point.

Bellingen itself offers up a hippie town with plenty of boutiques to browse, as well as canoe experiences on the Bellinger River. The nearby Promised Lands is a truly gorgeous place to do some hiking or take a dip in the ice-cold, crystal clear river water.


Feel free to ask us!