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".
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.
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.
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.