A unique culture with a country town vibe

One of the prettiest towns of New South Wales is also one of its most creative. Bello is renowned for its natural beauty, festivals and a vibrant arts and music scene.

For information on everything that is happening in the Bellingen Shire go to i Love Bello Shire

Quirky culture

Famous for its eclectic mix of boutique shops, galleries and string of great restaurants, cafés, and bars, Bellingen – ‘Bello’ to locals – was once a dairy village. Retaining its country charm, this historic town is now home to a dynamic community of artists and creatives and is the host of a number of annual creative arts and music festivals.

Fun in the Bellinger River

The Bellinger River Valley is famous for its arts and crafts, with many writers, artists, musicians, dancers and actors attracted to the area. They are drawn to its lifestyle and see it as paradise, a perfect place to live, work and relax.

Local attractions

Bellingen is studded with craft shops and galleries.

There's plenty to do in Bellingen before and after Camp Creative. For information on everything that is happening in the Bellingen Shire go to


Visit the local pool and nearby Connell Park playground, or kick a ball around in the playing fields. Visit a community garden,  pack a picnic, go for a bushwalk or explore the beaches and mountains nearby.

Discover local arts at the Yellow Shed, the Old Butter Factory's Nexus Gallery, Bellingen Gallery and Framing Studio in the main street, and various displays in local restaurants. 

Fine dining and family-friendly eating

Camp Creative will have food outlets on campus during the day as well as Club Creative spaces to share food and catch up with fellow campers.

Around town there's a wide variety of eateries from Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Gourmet Pizza, to bistros, locally made gelato and the many cafes and coffee spots, featuring locally roasted, boutique or imported coffees.

Don't overlook the supermarket, bakeries, the health food store and greengrocers for ready-made food on the go, from nutritious salad wraps and sushi rolls to hearty pastries.

If you're camping at the showground or staying in North Bellingen, you can get supplies and takeaway food from the Providore near the roundabout.

Photos © Cassandra Sutton

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Creative scholarships close this Friday!

Creative scholarships close this Friday!


This year we’re offering thirty full scholarships for kids and teens aged five to eighteen. If you’re living in the Coffs, Nambucca and Bellingen Shires, you can apply – but applications close 5.00 pm Friday 23 August!

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