A group of nearly 20 cyclists visited from Sydney recently to explore the Bellingen Shire for over 5 days Each year the group travels to a key location within Australia to spend time riding their bikes, sampling culinary delights and enjoying the sights and sounds of the destination they are in and this year they chose Bellingen.
Phil Scott, the tour organiser said the group was keen to explore the Bellingen Shire because there are some many great places to ride, quiet country roads, great climbing hills, a variety of terrain, excellent boutique accommodation - all combined with really good weather.
The direct expenditure of the group was close to $40,000. This included accommodation, restaurants, cafes as well as hiring the services of local company Tour de Bello who organised the itinerary and helped structure their ride. Tour de Bello www.tourdebello.com provide cycling tours, training camps, ride planning and support services for visiting cyclists, cycling clubs and riding groups.
Bellingen Shire Council’s Manager Economic & Business Development, Michael Grieve said “Council has been focussed on developing its bike tourism offerings through a partnership with CycleLifeHQ, an Australian-based company that specialises in helping destinations capitalise on the cycle tourism phenomenon.”
Liz Jeremy, Council’s General Manager is pleased to see that the benefits are starting to flow through. “Bike Tourism is an appropriate form of tourism for the Bellingen Shire as it is high yield, low impact and environmentally friendly. It is really encouraging to see local businesses like Bellingen Nature Bike Rides, Urunga Tourist Information Centre and Tour de Bello capitalising on the bike tourism phenomenon and complementing our range of tours and experiences across the Shire”.
Visit Cyclelifehq at www.cyclelifehq.com/bellingen to learn about the range of bike cycling routes. If you would like to have a free listing for your business on the cycllifehq website please contact Michael Grieve at Council on 6655 7306.