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Bellingen Hideaway at Bellingen Accomodation for Farmstay NSW

Bellingen Hideaway

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The Getaway - Straight Out of a Fairytale

Story by Michaela Taylor

After a long year of lockdowns and canceled plans – an escape from Sydney was all I really craved for Christmas this year. Little did I know that my last trip of 2021 would be one of the most enchanting getaways I’ve taken with Tiny Away. This hideaway concealed in the Hinterland of Bellingen is something straight out of a fairy tale. A haven to renew the soul, rekindle the mind and restore the body.

 

Tucked away on a 52-acre property, down a charming 800-meter driveway is Bellingen Hideaway; a bespoke Tiny Home accommodation that will make you feel like you’re the only human left on earth (big main character energy). Bellingen is a bustling little town straddling the striking Waterfall Way, which connects the mid-north coast beaches of New South Wales with the steep slopes of the Great Dividing Range. This charming remote destination is the ultimate weekend getaway for those looking to escape the city pace and slow down in nature. The five and a half hour road trip up from Sydney lends a plethora of picturesque stops along the way. From the dunes of Stockton to the pristine beaches in Port Macquarie. Leave early, take your time on the drive up, and don’t forget to stop off at a few scenic spots to stretch your legs and revive your mind.

 

Upon arrival down the winding driveway leading into the vast property, we were taken by the ideal positioning of the Tiny Home and it’s spectacular view overlooking Charlie Moody’s Gully into Bellingen Forest. The layout of the property was meticulously planned to maintain a sense of privacy and solitude for guests, yet still close enough to the host for peace of mind. We were lucky enough to bump into a few of the locals during our stay, namely – a couple friendly echidnas who wandered up to our doorstep in the waking hours of the morning. The entire experience was truly charming.

 

If you’ve encountered a little too much isolation this past year – never fear, the Tiny Home is an easy 10 minute drive back to civilization. The town of Bellingen may be small, but it boasts a selection of quaint cafes, restaurants, and shopfronts. A few standout destinations unique to the town include the hemp store, butter factory-turned-craft centre, and Victorian and Art Deco shop fronts – all worth a wander if you have the time to kill.

 

That said, if you’re anything like me, and love to spend your free time waterfall hopping, exploring local waterhole gems and scouting panoramic vantage points to send up your drone – then you’ve come to the right place. Bellingen is the prime location to set up camp for all your day trips, due to its conveniently close proximity to Dorrigo National Park. A brief 30 minute drive up the mountain, along Waterfall Way will bring you to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre where you can map out your adventure. We spent the better part of our first day taking in the breathtaking views from Skywalk Lookout, and exploring the Suspension Bridge down to Crystal Shower and ​​Tristania Falls. Be warned that there is little to no reception in this area. That said, if you take a walk out to the end of the Skywalk Lookout you’ll find just enough service to upload the Insta-worthy views.

 

That evening, we made a trip into town to pick-up supplies for breakfast the next morning. The young man who served us at the till recommended a popular local hidden gem; a sapphire blue, crystal clear swimming spot called Promised Lands in the Never Never Region. I had only two words, “say less”.

 

The next morning after breakfast, we followed the road up Waterfall Way, past Never Never River and down into the Promised Lands. Like I said, straight out of a fairy tale. I wish I could refer to my photos for a visual, but even my camera didn’t capture the true charm of the enchanting swimming hole. It’s a short, and easy walk – but rewarding nonetheless. Several rope swings are scattered throughout the overhanging branches, for the thrill seekers craving an adrenaline rush. But the true beauty of this place is found in the minerals of the rocks that the stream passes over, giving the body of water it’s infamous, distinct blue tint. We visited from a Sunday to Tuesday, so unfortunately, many of the restaurants we had hoped to visit weren’t open until later in the week. But it gave us the perfect opportunity to make use of the Tiny Home’s well-equipped kitchenette, watch the sunset spill over into Charlie Moody’s Gully and enjoy a quiet night in.

 

If you’re looking for some peace and solitude to reset before the new year kicks into gear, look no further. A staycation at the Bellingen Hideaway will be grounding, refreshing and nurturing for the soul. This little town and its surrounding stomping grounds are a pandora’s box for endless adventure. Grab breakfast in town, spend the morning waterfall hopping, stop off for a dip in the enchanted blue pools of the Promised Lands and wind down with a home cooked meal in your cozy tiny home. No matter how you choose to spend your time, I couldn’t recommend a better tucked away haven to relax and unwind than Bellingen Hideaway.

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Bellingen Hideaway

Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia

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Spectacular View from the Tiny House

Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia

We were taken by the ideal positioning of the Tiny Home and it’s spectacular view overlooking Charlie Moody’s Gully into Bellingen Forest. The layout of the property was meticulously planned to maintain a sense of privacy and solitude for guests, yet still close enough to the host for...

We were taken by the ideal positioning of the Tiny Home and it’s spectacular view overlooking Charlie Moody’s Gully into Bellingen Forest. The layout of the property was meticulously planned to maintain a sense of privacy and solitude for guests, yet still close enough to the host for peace of mind. We were lucky enough to bump into a few of the locals during our stay, namely – a couple friendly echidnas who wandered up to our doorstep in the waking hours of the morning. The entire experience was truly charming. 

Enchanting Waterfalls

Waterfall Way, New South Wales 2454, Australia

The next morning after breakfast, we followed the road up Waterfall Way, past Never Never River and down into the Promised Lands. Like I said, straight out of a fairy tale. I wish I could refer to my photos for a visual, but even my camera didn’t capture...

The next morning after breakfast, we followed the road up Waterfall Way, past Never Never River and down into the Promised Lands. Like I said, straight out of a fairy tale. I wish I could refer to my photos for a visual, but even my camera didn’t capture the true charm of the enchanting swimming hole. It’s a short, and easy walk – but rewarding nonetheless. Several rope swings are scattered throughout the overhanging branches, for the thrill seekers craving an adrenaline rush. But the true beauty of this place is found in the minerals of the rocks that the stream passes over, giving the body of water it’s infamous, distinct blue tint. We visited from a Sunday to Tuesday, so unfortunately, many of the restaurants we had hoped to visit weren’t open until later in the week. But it gave us the perfect opportunity to make use of the Tiny Home’s well-equipped kitchenette, watch the sunset spill over into Charlie Moody’s Gully and enjoy a quiet night in. 

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