TWO of the Coffs Coast's idyllic villages are counted amongst the Best 100 Towns in Australia, with one proving it has better coffee than Sydney and the other standing out as a gateway to an 'otherworldly atmosphere' of natural beauty.
Bellingen has been rated as the 27th best town in the country, while Dorrigo has come in at 77 in a poll by Australian Traveller magazine.
“Everywhere we're asked the same question: what is our favourite town?” Australian Traveller reported. “So for our fourth birthday, we set out to answer that much debated question and compiled a list of towns that are unique, beautiful and are often hidden gems.”
Bellingen was rated the most well-preserved town on the Mid North Coast and was recognised as 'a laidback town making its evolution from a dairy subsistence to a romantic B&B experience'.
“You can get better coffee in Bellingen than in Sydney these days.”
Dorrigo was praised as 'the gateway to the parks, the beach and the rainforest'.
2.… Esperance …WA
3.… Port Douglas …
QLD 4.… Broome …WA
5.… Port Fairy …VIC
6.… Beechworth …VIC
7.… Byron Bay …NSW
8.… Apollo Bay …VIC
9.… Strahan …TAS
10. …Margaret River …WA