The Promised Land Bellingen – Visitor’s Guide [2023]

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The Promised Land Bellingen features remarkable natural rock pools and a crystal-clear stream that is surrounded by lush rainforest!

Located in the Coffs Harbour Region, it’s the perfect place to spend an entire day swimming, exploring, and relaxing in nature with your friends and family.

I have visited Promised Lands Bellingen on a number of occasions and have put together this complete guide to help you plan your trip.

Keep reading to discover how to get to Promised Land Bellingen, the best time to visit, things to know before you go and what to expect when you arrive at this beautiful vista.

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WHERE IS THE PROMISED LAND BELLINGEN?

The Promised Lands can be found on Never Never Creek near the town of Bellingen in northern New South Wales.

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.

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HOW TO GET TO THE PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

There is no public transport available 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 Never Never Creek Bellingen is unbelievably scenic, so I urge you not to rush and soak in the nature that surrounds this area.

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On the way to Promised Land Bellingen NSW
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BEST TIME TO VISIT PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

The best time to visit 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 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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Aerial perspective of Never Never Creek

ARRIVING AT PROMISED LANDS BELLINGEN

When you arrive at the turnoff, you can either turn right onto 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.

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

It’s a short 5-minute 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 pace.

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Arriving at Promised Lands Coffs Harbour
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Exploring the trails
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Never Never Creek Bellingen

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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.

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Freshwater stream at Never Never Creek
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Turquoise pools

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 swims or want to have a picnic, there is a large pebbly area on the side of the swimming hole where you can hang out.

I recommend allowing at least 2 hours to fully explore the region.

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Crystal clear waters
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • This remarkable vista is the perfect place to have a picnic so be sure to bring something to eat and drink with you
  • There are no rubbish bins provided at Promised 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
  • This area is extremely environmentally and residentially sensitive
  • The community relies upon this river for its drinking water
  • The community and the delicate ecosystem rely upon it being uncontaminated and pristine
  • There are no amenities or facilities here and it is not equipped to handle high-level-visitation
  • The area is surrounded by residential properties & dwellings so please consider the noise level and where you park
  • The area does not allow or provide for camping of any sort but there are a number of accommodation offerings on the usual holiday booking platforms
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Tree swing into the rock pools

WHERE TO STAY IN BELLINGEN

There are dozens of accommodations in Bellingen to choose from if you wish to spend a night or two in the area.

I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Bellingen suitable for all types of travelers.

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FINAL THOUGHTS – PROMISED LAND BELLINGEN

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10 thoughts on “The Promised Land Bellingen – Visitor’s Guide [2023]”

  1. 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

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