Bellingen, NSW: The new Byron Bay?



Comments (6)
  • Rupert says:

    If the writer thinks Bellingen has a ‘hippie vibe’, he/she should have been here in the 1970s when it was did have a hippie vibe. Those hippies of the 70s are now millionaires after purchasing old dairy farms for a song. The same land is now selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions. Bellingen is a great place to live young families and retirees, and has become a dormitory suburb of Coffs Harbour with improvements to the Pacific Highway, the city is only 20 to 25 minutes away.

  • Kirra says:

    Agree with Rupert. I have lived in Bellingen for 25 years and there is no longer hippy culture like beautiful byron. Bellingen is a lovely little spot, but just because there’s quinoa and some local produce, doesn’t make it cultured.

  • Gayle says:

    I have lived in Bellingen for 25 years also, and Kirra is right, the strong Hippie Culture that existed then has diminished and changed. But, at that same time, there was an equally strong conservative farming community who didn’t at all see ‘eye to eye’ with the Hippies. I feel the community is now more mellow and balanced with the lessening of both those demographics and the arrival of the tree changers and professionals who can run their businesses remotely. There still remains a strong and vibrant community spirit and apart from the inevitable urban expansion, the natural beauty is still inspiring and revered. It is still a hub for creatives , and I imagine, for the journalists who visited … they were affected by the friendly and relaxed vibe.

  • Tara Leong says:

    I grew up in Bellingen, with my family all still living there. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss the beautiful town. It takes an hour to go and buy milk at the local store, because everyone knows everyone and you can’t walk a few metres without bumping into someone you know and having a chat.

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