Federal Hotel Bellingen –

Located centrally in the picturesque township of Bellingen NSW is where you will find The Federal Hotel. Fully renovated in 2005 and again in 2012, the hotel has kept all  the charm of the original Federation building whilst creating it’s own stylish version of “old meets new”. Now with outdoor decks, an award winning bistro, our newly renovated beer garden, entertaining areas, and updated accommodation, The Federal is a great place to catch up with friends for a quiet drink or a superb meal in a stylish but relaxed and friendly environment.The Federal Hotel Bellingen is located just west of Coffs Harbour on the North Coast of NSW Australia.

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Bellingen Seed Savers

A heavy but short southerly change and shower dropped the temperature from the 40 plus temperatures we had been sheltering from most of the day and made the garden walk much more pleasant.The Cherimoya and Rollinia (flowering) were of interest as were the flowering and fruiting Carambolas. We gathered for a quick stroll through the food forest then enjoyed a presentation on edible perennials – some surprises there. A Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens) cousin of the Okinawan spinach flourishes in the Bellingen climate.Then we shared a supper till late. Elaine’s herbal punch (lemon myrtle and lemon verbena tea base) was popular.Noticed on the sharing table: tamarillos, Giant Russian garlic, eggplant seedlings, seeds of mustard, celery, bunching shallot and cuttings of Okinawa and Surinam spinach.

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Bellingen Gelato | The best gelato this side of Sicily

Artisan GelatoNatural, real ingredients and strong, distinct flavours are the defining features of our gelato (nobody ever mistakes one of our flavours for a different flavour).  We develop our own recipes from scratch and our range includes both traditional flavours and flavours created by us.We also make gelato-based desserts (gelato cakes, banana splits, waffles, smoothies etc), and can custom-make flavours to meet your requirements, or using your ingredients.  We can supply bulk gelato for events and parties or to caterers and restaurants.We have two shops and make gelato in both.  The original Bellingen Gelato Bar (established 2006) is in Bellingen, northern NSW – and now also in Rozelle, Sydney (established 2014).

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Mind you, it takes some doing to get a view of the Ocean . I think I would have to go upstairs now and take a look from the verandah up there. Its a grand verandah, wide and deep with rooms opening onto it via French Doors. I think that would give a view across the Caravan Park and River, past North Beach and out to the Ocean. Downstairs is where most of the drinking and eating go on. The hotel is still delightful and the food is good. One can buy brains there. Crumbed brains with $3 buying an extra brain. The OVH has a beer garden and , bars, an old telephone box, statuettes and eating inside and out. Dale Wrd came visiting from Sydney the other day with her Blues PLaying man, ROSS S WARD of WARD’S EXPRESS. We took our lunch out the front where we had a breeze on a hot day. Terrific pub meals and the Visitors Guide to the Bellingen Valley and Waterfall Way.