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The Bellinger Valley, in sub-tropical Holiday Coast,  supports a blend of traditional farming and alternative communities.

The heart of the picturesque Bellinger Valley is historic Bellingen which is also known as the Jazz Capital as it has been host to the Bellingen Jazz and Blues Festival for over 15 years.

Other towns include Urunga, Mylestom, Repton, Raleigh, Thora and Gleniffer.

Bellingen's tree-lined streets, weatherboard cottages and historic buildings bear witness to its beginnings in the mid 1800's as a cedar-getting and shipbuilding "Boat Harbour".

bellingen markets

Having fun at the monthly Bellingen markets (3rd Saturday of the month)

The Bellinger Valley is embraced by magnificent mountains and traversed by the wonderful Bellinger River that joins with the Kalang at Urunga to form part of a stunning array of coastal beaches, wetlands and river estuaries.

The valley is dominated by McGrath's Hump which rises above the Dorrigo Plateau and its World Heritage listed National Parks. Rainforest and waterfalls feature along Waterfall Way from Dorrigo through Thora to Bellingen.

[Bellingen Jazz Festival annually in August]
RAAF Band performs as part of the Jazz & Blues Festival (3rd weekend in August)

The Bellinger Valley is a place where people and nature live in harmony. Artists and crafts people draw inspiration and materials from this unique natural heritage.

The monthly Bellingen Community Market, the Global Carnival and the annual Bellingen Jazz Festival are times celebration. A complete list of events can be found HERE.


Urunga is the largest town in the Bellinger Valley and is situated where the Bellinger and Kalang Rivers meet the sea. The name was derived from an aboriginal word meaning long white sands.

Holiday shacks located near the mouth of the Bellinger River

The town has much to offer the visitor with its pristine stretches of white sandy beaches, its rivers and natural lagoon - sailing, fishing, swimming, skiing and boating.

Annually Urunga hosts the Amateur Radio Convention.


Also known as North Beach, Mylestom is a cosy beach resort for a leisurely holiday. It's situated on the thin strip of land that separates the Bellinger River from the Pacific Ocean. There's a very active Surf Life Saving Club to patrol the clean, long, white beach.

Bellinger Valley

As well as surfing the pristine beaches, Mylestom also offers superb sailing, boating and other water activities on the quiet waters of the Bellinger and Kalang rivers. Safe shark netted swimming is available for family enjoyment by the riverside park. Adjacent is the beautiful Bongil Bongil coastal national park and flora reserve with kilometres of peaceful walking and cycling tracks.

The essential needs of residents and visitors are catered for by two general stores, one of which offers the Post Office service, a modern caravan park, backpackers lodge and restaurant. There's also a Bowling & Recreation Club.


Halfway between Bellingen and Coffs Harbour, and three kilometres from Mylestom, Repton is a secluded rural/residential area surrounded by the Pine Creek State Forest which is an unique koala management plan. Koalas often travel into the backyards of homes in Repton, along with swamp wallabies, bandicoots and a vast array of birdlife.

Repton has its own secluded beach, Tucker's Rock Beach, which is at the southern tip of the Bongil Bongil National Park. From here you can take a three kilometre walk north through the Bundageree Rainforest Walk to Bundagen Headland. Repton has a General Store, a Post Office and a great butcher's shop that also has a large range of vegetables and fruit for sale. The Repton Garden's Caravan Park is also situated on the banks of the Bellinger River where camping, fishing, canoeing and boating facilities are available.

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