There are many wonderful and unique events in Bellingen which take place every year. We also have a wide range of exciting activities that are available.

David Helfgott concert

Guests staying at Hil’s Place on Sunday April 12 will have the opportunity to hear the pianist David Helfgott. David will be performing at his home near Bellingen, with the violinist Kate Thomson, in aid of the Sanctuary Australia Foundation. Tickets are $65, and the money raised will be used to support Sanctuary’s [...]

March 22nd, 2015|Bellingen|

B&B toilet twinned!

Thanks to, the toilet in Hil’s Place is now twinned with a toilet in Cambodia! As their website explains, Toilet Twinning raises funds to enable people living in poor communities to have clean water and a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene. Here’s a picture of the twinned [...]

July 21st, 2014|Bellingen|

So much happening!

At weekends there’s so much going on in Bellingen that we’re spoilt for choice. Today’s main event is David Helfgott performing with composer Yantra de Vilder at the Memorial Hall, in support of the charity Sanctuary Australia, which supports refugees. We also have Aden Ridgeway and Alison Page at [...]

November 23rd, 2013|Bellingen|

Enjoying our local swim centre

Bellingen residents are lucky to have plenty of options for swimming – the nearby beaches, the Bellinger River and our local Swim Centre. The hot weather last week prompted me to go and investigate the Swim Centre, which is only a short walk from Hil’s Place. It’s in a [...]

November 14th, 2013|Bellingen, Bellingen Activities|

Best lunch in town

I see from TripAdvisor that I’m not alone in thinking our latest Bellingen cafe, Ink and Tart, is one of the best places in town for lunch. This rocket, brie and blueberry salad was both unusual and delicious, and the balcony of the cafe is a great place to [...]

November 4th, 2013|Bellingen|

Coastal ClayMakers turn 10!

Arts Week is in full swing and there was a great atmosphere at the opening of the Coastal ClayMakers 10th anniversary exhibition in Bellingen this afternoon. I got carried away by the beautiful ceramics and bought two pieces, including the one on the left in this picture. The exhibition [...]

September 21st, 2013|Bellingen, Bellingen Events|

Arts Week!

There’s a buzz in the air in Bellingen as we get ready for the first ever Bellingen Shire Arts Week, on 20–28 September. Hil’s Place is perfectly situated for attending the many performances, exhibitions and workshops that will be happening in Bellingen, so be quick if you’d like to make […]

The whales are here

This is a great time of year for whale watching. The humpback whales are currently on their way north, and there are lots of places to spot them from, just a short drive from Bellingen. My favourite is Sawtell Headland, which is also a good place for a picnic. For […]