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Get to know Bellingen (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bellingen. To help you make friends with Bellingen before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Bellingen is set just a short distance inland from the coast, on what was the highest navigable point of the Bellinger River on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Founded around the logging of red cedar timber, this old historic town has retained many of its old buildings and with the influx of alternative lifestylers, continues to have great character.

Like most Australian country towns, it is not very large and so your options for Bellingen hostels are extremely limited, though there is a range of other accommodation mostly in the guesthouse and bed-and-breakfast styles (few, if any, are in the budget category of a hostel, so ensure you book a hostel if budget is what you need). There are sufficient shops and small eateries, so you needn't take provisions with you, and a couple of pubs and clubs where you can get a cold beer and a meal.

For most people, Bellingen will warrant just a single day's visit, but if you're interested in chilling out; doing some photography hill walking, canoeing (ask at your Bellingen hostel), fishing (don't forget to get a license,) or picnicking on the grassy banks of the river; eating at a local specialty restaurant/bistro; or visiting local crafts shops, it's just the place. You might also check out local history at the library.

Public transport is not great but you can get buses from various coastal towns -- don't forget to check if the buses run on weekends, if that's when you will be there!

Written by local enthusiast for Bellingen hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Bellingen hostels OldNomad

Your Packing List for Bellingen

Your Packing List for Bellingen

Pack smart, not hard

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Travel Tips for Bellingen - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Bellingen. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Bellingen. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Bellingen is a very peaceful place, surrounded by natural beauty -- the perfect place to relax for a couple of days and also to explore the surrounding by mountain bike and on horseback. By car there are some great beaches within easy reach. This place felt like a home away from home during my six-month backpack trip.


This place is not to be missed, just off the Pacific Highway. It's all here ... rivers, mountains, rolling hills, rainforest, and waterfalls. There are some of the best natural beauty and attractions in NSW, if not Australia.


It's really nice here.


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