Bellingen Shire a natural beauty

Bellingen Shire, as Coffs Harbour City Council's closest southern neighbour, will benefit from the decision to host the 1998 Local Government Association Conference, in that it provides an alternative area for delegates and partners to visit during their time on the Mid North Coast.

The Shire actively encourages ecotourism, ensuring a balance is maintained between the need to enhance the natural environment and the pressures of coastal development. Like Coffs Harbour and Nambucca, Bellingen residents and visitors enjoy one of the most hospitable climates in the world, surrounded by captivating scenic beauty.

Unlike Coffs Harbour, Bellingen has not experienced rapid development, but situated just a short drive from the larger centre, it offers visitors the opportunity for a pleasure filled day trip in an area famous for its diversity.

Pristine beaches, river valleys, waterfalls, rainforest and the splendour of the Dorrigo Plateau all await exploration. Possibly the best known attraction of the Shire, the Dorrigo National Park, boasts rainforests, waterfalls, picnic areas and, of course, walking tracks for visitors to experience a unique natural environment. In the historical town of Bellingen, the village atmosphere is complemented by kerbside cafes and arts and crafts shops. Markets, which draw large crowds, are on the third Saturday of each month.

At Urunga, on the delta of the Kalang and Bellinger Rivers, the freshest oysters in the world are ready to be consumed. Visitors can also take advantage of river boat cruises which offer a different aspect to the scenery. On the beach, visitors can relax and enjoy the tranquil environment as it has existed for thousands of years.

For further information contact Warwick Lawrence, Administration Manager, Bellingen Shire Council, telephone (02) 6655 7346.