9.1 out of 10

Bellingen

Ranked 2nd best suburb in Mid-North Coast
-30.4542790548419 152.897384746108
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighbourly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
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Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 21, 2015

"Bellingen - Hippie turned hipster town"

Mix of hippie/ hipster individuals, full of creativity, originality, and a love of nature. All about clean living and respecting nature. Filled with coffee shops, restaurants, op shops, reused and refurbished items, home made stuff, organic produce, festivals, markets and community spirit
Pros
  • Clean living
  • Filled with music, art and culture
  • Beautiful River
  • Eclectic
  • Never boring
  • Open minded people
  • Community minded
  • Family friendly
Cons
  • Requires air conditioning in summer if you are from more southern areas.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful environment and community spirit"

We moved to Bellingen 4 years ago from Sydney and were astonished with how welcoming the community were. We have met so many people and our kids love the community atmosphere where they have friends in their street and freedom. Amazing natural environment and no traffic.
Pros
  • Community minded
  • Family friendly
  • Great music and culture events
  • Eclectic
  • Never boring
  • Open minded people
Cons
  • Requires air conditioning in summer if you are from more southern areas.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp Are there any midges and could one get bye without air conditioning in the summer?
Apr 02, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The best town in Australia to live"

When I first drove into Bellingen it felt like home. That was 20 years ago and I am still here and I am likely to be here until I die. I have been blessed to have travelled all over the world and if you come to Bellingen, you will have made the right decision.
Pros
  • Eclectic
  • Never boring
  • Open minded people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"Home Town"

I grew up in Bellingen, when it was still primarily a dairy farming community and the "hippies" had just started arriving. I still go back to visit my mother once a year.
It's a beautiful town which has, if anything, improved since my childhood. There are so many creative things happening and it has such a lively and friendly vibe. It seems like a very tolerant, open-minded community. It now has some great cafes and restaurants and I love browsing the shops. Some of it is expensive, but there are some beautiful things. I never come away from a visit without having bought something.
We grew up swimming in the river and it is still a great place to swim. Just watch out for the bullrouts--fish that will give you a very painful sting, resulting in a trip to the hospital for pain relief.
I'd love to buy a property there some day.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp How do you avoid the "bullrouts" without avoiding swimming in the river?
Apr 02, 2017
Daph1
Daph1 Avoid the weeds and underneath rock ledges. None of my family was ever stung. You're pretty unlucky if you do get stung, but you'll also never forget it.
Apr 02, 2017
belenp
belenp Is there work for an architect? Thanks!
May 29, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"vibrant, creative, alternative, easy going"

We used to live here but reluctantly moved on due to work commitments. However, we would love to return one day. Probably the best place we have ever lived in Australia.
Try to find a place that is on the south side and flood free.
William Street is my tip.
Pros
  • Eclectic
  • Never boring
  • Open minded people
Cons
  • none
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
linda-pankhurstp
linda-pankhurstp Are there any midges (sandflies) and do you really need air conditioning in the summer?
Apr 02, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Like Byron Bay before the goldrush"

WE moved here with our young family from the inner city and have never looked back. A close knit but friendly, independent, arts oriented community with more on offer than most big towns. Surrounded by some of the most superb countryside, national parks, rainforest and beaches anywhere in Oz.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees