A must for all country music fans is a visit to the old mountain village of Bellbrook, about an hour’s scenic drive up river from Kempsey. Arguably the birthplace of Australian country music, Bellbrook is the childhood home of country music legends Slim Dusty and his mate Shorty Ranger. You can still visit Slim’s original homestead nearby.

It’s not hard to see where these musical talents drew their inspiration. This is Australian mountain country at its best. Babbling clear creeks and deep valleys, thick timber forest and the distinctive call of bellbirds, Bellbrook is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Cedar cutters and timber getters settled the area, and today their legacy has been lovingly preserved in this historic township which is still dominated by the original timber buildings along the wide main street.  Bellbrook township is heritage listed as it is an excellent example of an early 1900’s timber getting town.