Each time we visit Bellingen we always stay at Belfry Lodge which is better known as the Bellingen YHA Backpackers at 2 Short Street, Bellingen. We have been staying at this wonderful, old, two storey house since 1996.
One of the main reasons we love it is because of its location, location, location! It is found only a hop, step and jump from the main street of Bellingen and also to the lovely Bellinger River. The Backpackers has many different types of accommodation starting at $27 per person a night. We always stay in the four bed family room for $88 per night. You have to share the bathroom but it is just across the hall and very clean.
The Backpackers has a great atmosphere with many different types of people staying. There is an immense kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and meet some interesting people while you do. If you stay in one of the upstairs rooms you can sit on the wide verandah and gaze over the divine view of the river below. If you are lucky at sunset you’ll be visited by some cheeky possums…a real treat for children.
The Backpackers offers daily tours too if that’s your thing. Rahul and my boys like to borrow the Backpacker’s tyre tubes and float down the Bellinger River (which they did this trip). They also like to play snooker out on the verandah.
The managers, Joel and Holly, can be contacted on +61 2 66551116.
So if you are ever up Bellingen way try the Backpackers…you’ll be happy you did!