Bombard your tastebuds Bello Style…

Hearthfire Bakery...

Hearthfire Bakery…

Bellingen is home to an amazing array of wonderful places to eat. Your taste buds will be bombarded and you will be spoilt for choice. My favourite eating spots are:

  • NO. 2 OAK STREET ~ This divine restaurant has been awarded two hats by the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Food Guide Awards every year since 2005. I have been fortunate to eat at this restaurant five times. The food is to die for, the atmosphere very special and the staff friendly and extremely attentive. If you are in Bellingen don’t miss it. A little tip ~ book ahead so you don’t miss out.
  • MOUZA ~ This lovely middle eastern restaurant is fantastic. The menu is interesting and varied and they have daily specials. Their Malai Kofta is a taste sensation. The staff are really friendly and it has a great ambiance. You will find Mouza at at 58-60 Hyde Street, Bellingen.
  • HEARTHFIRE BAKERY & RESTAURANT ~ This cute little cafe is in a side lane off Hyde Street. It is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Their bakery goods are phenomenal. We tried the pork sausage rolls and the chocolate croissants and they were the best we have ever sampled!
Hearthfire Bakery...

Hearthfire Bakery…

  • VINTAGE NEST ~ This vintage/antique shop has yummy slices and coffee. It is located in Hyde Street.

Shops in Bellingen ~ the icing on the cake…

So you’ve found the perfect accommodation in Bellingen, you’ve visited the monthly markets and now you want the icing on the cake ~ shopping! Well here my top picks for some fabbo Bellingen shopping: EMPORIUM BELLINGEN ~ This lovely shop is housed in the huge, … Continue reading

Beaut Bellingen Backpackers…

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!

Say hello to Bello…

We have just spent a divine weekend in Bellingen, NSW, Australia. Each year we visit Bellingen quite a few times because we love it so much.

So what do we love about Bello?

  • It is a small character filled town lined with old shops in heritage buildings.
  • It has monthly markets which are phenomenal.
  • It has an interesting alternative community which really appeals to our family.
  • It has a wonderful backpackers lodge to stay at.

One of the highlights of visiting Bellingen is its huge community markets. The markets are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month and are extremely popular. You can find the markets at the showground in Church Street. The markets feature 100’s of stalls, live music, children’s rides and camel rides. The wonderful stalls are chocked full of antiques, organic plants, fruits and vegetables, crafts, clothing and anything else you can imagine. One of our favourite stops at the markets is the tasty Indian food van…mmm…yummy samosas with dhal for $5… a real bargain. The Sikh owner’s sense of humour is fun and original. When I ordered he said he would only give me my order if Rahul danced. Rahul obliged with a little Indian wiggle. He then wanted Rahul to stay all day as he said it would be good for business. When we ordered our naan he exclaimed “What! I’ll have naan left.” A real character!

Stay tuned for more posts on this wonderful town.