It’s a big call, but I think Bellingen may be the prettiest country town on the North Coast. It has all of the ingredients I love about our North Coast towns and villages – heritage buildings; colourful, eclectic characters; creative streetscapes; lush landscape and river; vintage wares and an abundance of fresh, locally grown food served up at markets and cafes.
These photos are snapshots from a quick visit to town on my recent road trip, before the floods. The best part of the day was meeting up for tea and cake with Cath before my friend and I headed into town and wandered around, had a bite to eat then a bevvie at the historic Federal Hotel.
We picked up some fresh ingredients from the Bellingen Green Grocers to take back home for dinner and as we were leaving town, local muso, John May, was warming up on the banjo for the Saturday “Bello Sessions” held at Kombu Wholefoods … A timeless country scene.
A couple of hours at bellissimo “Bello” was not nearly enough; I’ll be back for more.
* Did you see notice the "edible streetscapes" photo? This is such a fantastic project, I wish every town in Australia had something like this going on... Find out more about that project here.