THE PROMISED LAND BELLINGEN – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

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The Promised Land Bellingen features mesmerizing natural rock pools and a crystal clear stream that is surrounded by lush rainforest! It’s the perfect place to spend the day swimming, exploring and relaxing in nature with your friends and family!

I have visited Promised Lands Bellingen a handful of times which is located just 15-minutes drive from the center of Bellingen town in northern NSW.

In this guide, I have included some useful information on how to get to Promised Land Bellingen, the best time to visit, things to know before you go and what to expect when you’re there!

Also, at the bottom of this Promised Lands Bellingen post, you will find my recommendations on where to stay in Bellingen and links to more of my Australia travel guides that you might like to check out!

 

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HOW TO GET TO THE PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

The Promised Lands and Never Never Creek is located near Bellingen Town in northern New South Wales.

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The town of Bellingen is located just 30 minutes drive southwest of Coffs Harbour and Promised Land Bellingen is just 15 minutes drive inland from Bellingen town.

There is no public transport to access the Promised Land Bellingen, so you will need to have your own vehicle to make the drive out.

The road leading out to Promise Land Bellingen and Never Never Creek is unbelievably scenic, so I urge you not to rush and soak in the nature that surrounds this area. 

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BEST TIME TO VISIT PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

The best time to visit the Promised Lands Bellingen is from mid-morning to mid-afternoon when there is plenty of sunshine around to warm up the natural swimming hole at Never Never Creek.

The water temperature can be quite cold in the early mornings and late afternoons, just a heads up.

If you can time your visit to Promised Land Bellingen for a weekday, chances are you will get to enjoy this epic spot almost completely to yourself with fewer people around. 

Promised Lands in Bellingen are known to be very popular on weekends so you can expect it to be very busy with many families and groups of friends hanging out here. 

 

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before you leave home to visit Promised Land Bellingen, I recommend packing some swimmers, a towel, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, waterproof shoes and insect repellent.

The Promised Lands Bellingen is the perfect place to have a picnic so be sure to also bring something to eat and drink with you. 

There are no rubbish bins provided at Promise Land Bellingen, so if you do have any trash or see any trash around the area, please pick it up and make sure to take it home with you and dispose of it correctly.

Never Never Creek flows to the ocean and we wouldn’t want any trash ending up there. 

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ARRIVING AT PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

When you arrive at the turnoff to the Promised Lands in Bellingen, you can either turn right on to Promised Land Road, which is the easiest and quickest access to Never Never Creek, or you continue driving straight to access Never Never Creek on the opposite side.

Whichever way you decide to go, Promised Land Road is a loop road so you can drive the entire way around Never Never Creek. 

 

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I would personally recommend taking the right-hand turn on to Promised Land Road (the easier access).

It’s a short 5-minutes drive down this road to where you will find car parking spaces available in a gravel parking lot, just on the other side of a wooden bridge that crosses over Never Never Creek.

If you decide to take the loop road and enter the Promised Lands Bellingen from the other side, the road is unsealed and only recommended for 4WD vehicles. 

Once you have parked you’re vehicle, you’ll find many trails that lead down to the creek and from here you are free to explore at your own will.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT PROMISED LAND BELLINGEN

The Promised Lands in Bellingen features a lush rainforest walk that leads around Never Never Creek, passing by pebbly islets and crystal clear rock pools which are far too inviting not to go for a swim!

Promised Land Bellingen has many natural swimming pools for taking a dip, large boulders in the middle of the creek for sunbathing and a few rope swings that are scattered amongst the trees if you’re up for an adrenaline rush!

Around the corner from the main swimming hole, you can find a parallel tunnel of trees where the stream runs directly beneath the canopy above. This is one of my favorite areas to explore!

If you simply want to sunbake in between taking dips at Promised Lands Bellingen or wanting to have a picnic, there is a large pebbly area on the side of the swimming hole where you can hang out. 

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WHERE TO STAY IN BELLINGEN

There are dozens of accommodations in Bellingen to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of my recommended places to stay in Bellingen to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

 

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MID RANGE: BELLA VISTA BELLINGEN

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BUDGET: BELFRY GUESTHOUSE YHA

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article on Promised Land Bellingen and if you have any further questions, please feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply as soon as I can!

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Jonny Melon
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Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

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4 Comments

  1. Lyzz
    August 9, 2020 / 6:18 am

    This place looks beautiful and I’m planning a quick get away here soon. Any chance if you know dogs are allowed here?

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      August 12, 2020 / 8:46 pm

      You’re going to love it! Sorry, I am not sure if you are able to take pets here. Enjoy.

  2. August 22, 2020 / 9:18 pm

    Hi Jonny,

    Thanks for the great content.

    We’re currently planning a North NSW trip. We’ll be heading through Bellingen after we have checked out the Waterfall Way, as we’ll be coming from New England National Park.

    After reading your article, we’ll definitely have to plan a stop here. The promised land looks serene and tranquil!

    Thanks again.

    Cheers, Dan & Beck | Travel Made Me Do It

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      August 24, 2020 / 12:15 am

      Hey Guys, glad you found this article useful! Enjoy your trip through NSW. 🙂

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