The Bellingen Shire coastline stretches for approximately 10 kilometres and has the following patrolled beaches:
  • North Beach at Mylestom (summer patrols) 
  • Hungry Head Beach at Urunga (summer patrols)

Beach Patrols

Professional Lifeguards are available during Summer school holidays as follows:

Paid Beach Patrols:
Times: 9.00am - 5.00pm during School Holidays

Outside of these dates: Volunteer Surf Lifesaving Club Lifeguards:
9.00am to 1.00pm - Sunday & Public Holidays

Surf Life Saving Clubs

Bellinger Valley-North Beach SLSC

PO Mylestom, Mylestom NSW 2454
Ph: 6655 4449

Urunga SLSC

PO Box 12, Urunga NSW 2455
Ph: 6655 6869




Beach Watch Program

Council has partnered with the NSW Government's Beach Watch Program, to monitor and report recreational water quality at local swimming sites.  Water samples are collected and tested for bacteria, showing signs of faecal pollution, and whether it is safe for swimming.  The swimming sites have been determined due to the likelihood of contamination and the consequence of contamination due to the amount of use.  The current program sites include:

  1. Never Never River - Arthur Keoghs Reserve
  2. Bellinger River - Lavenders Bridge
  3. Bellinger River - Mylestom tidal pool
  4. North Beach - near Surf Club
  5. Hungry Head Beach - near Surf Club
  6. Dalhousie Creek - near Surf Club

To see how your local stacks up, check out the weekly star ratings via the link below.  The more stars, the better.

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Health Advice for Swimming

Recreational water can sometimes be unsuitable for swimming, especially after rainfall when stormwater, wastewater and agricultural runoff can overflow.  Click here for more information on when it may be unsafe to swim.


The NSW Government has developed an evidence-based shark mitigation program, with a host of successfully trialled technologies rolled out along the NSW coastline. This includes the use of drones at Urunga and a tagged shark listening station in Mylestom.

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