Bellingen is situated about half way between Sydney and Brisbane with Coffs Harbour about a 30 minute drive away. Waterfall Way – or Hyde Street in Bellingen – connects the Shire towns of Urunga, Bellingen and Dorrigo.
Coming by road
From the West
Travelling to Bellingen from Armidale by road takes about two and a half hours. Take Waterfall Way (the Grafton Road) eastwards out of Armidale and follow it right through, turning right at the Ebor T-junction, then right again at the Grafton Road. If you have time, take a break at Wollomombi Falls picnic area for a magnificent short walk with spectacular views of one of the highest waterfalls in Australia. At Dorrigo, you can also find excellent coffee shops for a break.
From the South
Travelling to Bellingen from Sydney takes about six hours and from Newcastle about four. Travelling on Pacific Highway (A1), turn left onto Waterfall Way soon after Urunga, once you have crossed the bridge over the Bellinger river. Follow this road through to Belllingen.
From the North
Bellingen is about five hours from Brisbane via the Pacific Highway or a little longer via the scenic route, through Kyogle. Coming from the North, drive southwards through Coffs Harbour on Pacific Highway (A1) for about 20 minutes and then take the Waterfall Way exit to Bellingen, crossing the overpass as you leave the highway. Bellingen is another 20 minutes.
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Coming by air
The nearest airport is at Coffs Harbour, half an hour away by road. Services are provided by QantasLink, Virgin Blue and Tiger Air. You can hire a car there or book an airport shuttle bus to bring you into Bellingen.
Coming by train
The nearest railway station is at Urunga, but there are no hire cars there and few buses are available so you will need to have made arrangements to get from the station. Some accommodation providers will arrange transport from here or Bellingen’s taxi service can be contacted on 02 6658 8881 or 131 008. For information on long distance train services, contact Countrylink.
Coming by bus
There are several long-distance bus services coming past Bellingen, stopping on the Pacific Highway in and near Urunga. For information about long-distance bus services, contact Premier Motor Service or Greyhound Buses. You would need to arrange transport from the bus stop to Bellingen, about 20 minutes’ drive away.