This is the thirteenth in my series of short reflections on different places in Australia and New Zealand, which I visited in November 2019.
In my last post I shared some stories about the history of Hat Head National Park and Smoky Cape Lighthouse on the New South Wales coast.
Making our way north from Smoky Cape back to Urunga, and moving inland we find the charming small town of Bellingen.
Beloved of ‘alternative lifestylers’ as are several towns in New South Wales, this little settlement is full of character and colonial-style buildings.
Sited on the River Bellinger, Bellingen Island is home to a colony of grey-headed flying foxes, and it is a critical habitat for this vulnerable species, as you will see from this picture:
We strolled up the main street of the town:
Then we arrived at the local Anglican Church, of St Margaret’s, built in the 1930s.
Inside the church, we met a warm and friendly priest who had originally come from Malta, and enjoyed our chat with him. Whilst in the church we admired some of the striking stained glass windows. My favourites were of St Mary, Mother of the Lord; St Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary; St Cecilia, Patron Saint of Music; and St Margaret of Scotland.
With thanks to the Bellingen Shire Council for their information about the colony of flying foxes on Bellingen Island.
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