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The Highway has been very busy again this year. I haven’t seen it like it for a long time. Stuart Watson, the Fiddler who came down from Gladstone for the Raleigh Rumble said that he thought the road trip might be back on people’s agendas. We also have the loony 50 kph speed limit through town which banks it up. The Lions did a fine job of putting the boats back up. Its signs like the one there that still light warning lights inside of me. Everything looks a little tatty. A little neglected. They paint out one thing in a blue that doesn’t match and then leave it like that. Interesting times in which we live.
Round here at the corner of the Old Highway and Valery Road is a large hole where the Feb 2013 floods washed the road away and there is not so much aas a warning sign. Just rotting red and white crime scene tape.

Bellingen Shire Arts Week | An Arts Experience in the Bellingen Shire

Bellingen Shire Arts Week | An Arts Experience in the Bellingen Shire.





Information For Visitors


Where is Bellingen Shire?

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How to get to Bellingen Shire?
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Drive the coastal route from Brisbane or Sydney or travel the New England Highway to Armidale. Waterfall Way connects the Great Dividing Range, Armidale, the Dorrigo rainforest, the picturesque town of Bellingen and ocean beaches of Urunga. Following this route you can explore the chain of superb national parks bordering Waterfall Way whilst enjoying the many events taking place in Arts Week.


Fly direct to Coffs Harbour Airport (20mins from Waterfall Way) from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.


Daily Countrylink trains stop at Urunga by appointment.



Visitor Information Centres:

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Bellingen Shire Arts Week | An Arts Experience in the Bellingen Shire

Bellingen Shire Arts Week | An Arts Experience in the Bellingen Shire.


Put the dates September 20-28 in your diary now, for coming in 2013 is the first ever Bellingen Shire Arts Week.

Throughout the week, across the Shire, there will be an exciting array of workshops, exhibitions and performances – art, sculpture, ceramics, poetry, drama, music and more. It will be a showcase of artistic and cultural talent. Please browse the Arts Week online program to find out what’s on and contact individual artists, tutors and performers regarding their events.

The popular Bellingen Music Festival will be a major part of Arts Week with the renowned Australian Chamber Orchestra 2 performing on the opening night after a day of workshops with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra. A full program of concerts over the weekend of September 21-22 is planned. Details are on the music festival website

Be sure not to miss out on this opportunity to participate. Book into some fascinating workshops (click for more details), get tickets for great performances (click for more details) and discover unique exhibitions (click for more details).
To participate – please contact the artist/organiser of the event which interests you. Contact details are given in every event listing in the program.

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