The riverside town of Bellingen is nestled in the heart of the Bellinger Valley between the coast and the Dorrigo Plateau on the scenic Waterfall Way. Home to a large number of people who moved there to enjoy a laid-back and creative, artistic or alternative lifestyle, Bellingen is buzzing with markets, cafes, galleries, festivals and events. The beautifully restored timber, stone and iron lace Hammond and Wheatley Emporium dominates the townscape. It shares the main street with an equally beautifully renovated country pub and eclectic shops and boutiques, clothing and general stores, bakeries and award-winning cafes and restaurants. The Old Butter Factory, more than a century old, now houses a range of art, craft and gift shops in a garden atmosphere. Its cafe looks out onto the green open spaces of the local golf course and borders the Bellinger River that traverses the town.