Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

Funky Bellin­gen re­gales with mu­sic fes­ti­vals, writ­ers fes­ti­vals, mar­kets and arts events. You can see ac­claimed live mu­sic acts in low key venues such as the con­ge­nial No. 5 Church St (5churchst.com), which turns out im­pres­sive gourmet piz­zas and other treats made from lo­cal or­ganic in­gre­di­ents

In Sawtell, a sea­side com­mu­nity dis­tinc­tive for its stylishly retro streetscape, there’s al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing com­ing up at 63 First Av­enue. The craft beers off­set an im­pres­sive ar­ray of vis­it­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers: face­book.com/63FirstAveSawtell

Watch pel­i­can an­tics in Coffs town at Man­grove Jacks, where hearty, flavour­some feasts can be savoured in a rest­ful wa­ter­side set­ting: man­grove­jackscafe.com.au

Cud­dle a res­cued brumby at Moun­tain Thyme Brumby Sanc­tu­ary, near Bellin­gen: savethe­brumbies.org

Get arty at Bunker Car­toon Gallery — Aus­tralia’s only ded­i­cated car­toon gallery: bunker­car­toon­gallery.com.au

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