RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village

Contact RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village

Address: Cnr Watson & Church St
Phone: (02) 6655 2777
Fax: (02) 6655 2999

Other Information

Residential Care Beds:  93
Retirement Living Units: 16

RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village, formerly known as Bellorana,  is located in the beautiful township of Bellingen. Set amongst well established gardens, all rooms enjoy lots of natural light and garden views.

Spread across two nearby locations, RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village offers all levels of care, including secure accommodation for those living with dementia.

Village life includes an active social calendar and a choice of delicious meals prepared fresh onsite by our professional Chef.



Bellorana is a controlled entity of the RFBI. Since the first Residential Care hostel opened in 1975, we have maintained steady growth due to public demand for our excellent services.

Gough Whitlam opened the first hostel at Watson Street in 1975, where there were 31 beds. Continuing in the residential care tradition, the Bellorana Nursing Home was opened in 1990 to provide 30 high care beds.

A rise in demand for Independent Living as a form of aged care saw Bellorana establish Oakman Gardens in 1987, with 16 Independent Living units.

Bellorana Community Aged Care Packages commenced in 2001, and 2002 saw additional expansion, with seven new places at the Watson Street Hostel, and a further 24 hostel beds at the Joyce Jarrett Hostel, located on the same street.


All our Residential Care rooms have an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and access to beautiful gardens, the communal dining and lounge room and activities rooms.

Our Nursing Home offers a mix of single and double rooms, with shared bathrooms, wide verandahs, gardens, communal dining and lounge room.

Our Independent Living units at Oakman Gardens are all two bedroom, and are surrounded by beautiful gardens. They are close to the communal BBQ area for all residents.

All  Bellorana sites are close to Bellingen, allowing access to shops, cafes, doctors and transport.

Internet Cafe – with volunteer to teach residents.

Payment options

As of the 1st July 2014, new residents have greater choice on how to pay for their accommodation costs. These choices include;

  1. Residents can choose to pay for accommodation by a refundable deposit (RAD) paid as a lump sum,
  2. A daily payment (DAP), or
  3. A combination of both

A daily payment accrues daily and is paid periodically (e.g. fortnightly). A combination payment includes both a partial lump sum and daily payments. As RFBI offers a variety of accommodation options and prices we encourage you and your family to discuss your needs with a financial adviser to ensure that you are receiving the best financial outcome available to you.

Our published Accommodation Payment prices are our maximum rates and will apply for those with adequate financial means.

Residents with limited assets may be treated as “supported” by the Department of Social Services. This means that you will not be required to pay the published Accommodation Payment. If you are not treated as “supported”, but affordability is still a factor, be assured this will not necessarily affect your eligibility for accommodation.

The Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP) amounts quoted above are current as of today and may change (in line with interest rate adjustments) for entry dates after the 1st July. When there are changes to the interest rate RFBI will update the new DAP’s based on the new quarterly interest rate.

Description of common areas to which a person living in this room would have access

RFBI Bellorana Masonic Village offers residents a range of internal and external rest and entertainment areas including beautiful landscaped gardens. Within each wing residents can also enjoy a smaller lounge room and private entertainment areas.

RFBI Bellorana Masonic Village is proud to offer residents quality meals prepared by our own professional Chefs onsite. Menus are changed seasonally and developed with residents tastes and preferences in mind. In addition to our regular meal services, residents are welcome to help themselves to fresh fruit and snacks throughout the day and night.

Other services and amenities available to residents include:
– close to local shops and transport
– onsite hairdressing salon
– onsite shop
– medical consultation room
– kitchenette available to families and friends visiting the Village
– number of beautiful landscaped garden areas

Description of quality, condition and amenity of room

Our generous sized bedrooms come equipped with built-in wardrobes, lounge chair, full electric bed, bed side table and a nurse call system. You can keep cool or warm with the Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning and both block-out and sheer curtains.

All bedrooms look out to our beautiful Gardens. A TV antenna outlet and a phone plug are installed for your convenience.

Size of room (m2) Excluding Ensuite rooms range in size from 8.91 sqm to 22.55 sqm

Description of additional care or services offered at no additional cost

RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village is pleased to provide for residents at no extra cost the following services:
– Mobile library service
– Physiotherapy*
– Podiatry service *
– Bus trips / outings
– Delicious meals prepared on site, by our own professional Chefs
– Free WiFi
– A wide range of activities.

* When service forms part of assessed care needs.

Description of optional additional costs (ie not including the accommodation price for the room) associated with the room

RFBI Bellorana Masonic Village is pleased to offer residents the following services:
– Hairdressing
– Phone connection

Do you still have questions? Please make an appointment to see us. We look forward to meeting you so we can better understand your needs and hopefully be able to assist you. If you would like a tour of the service or if you urgently need care, we will refer you to one of our admission officers or to someone at the residential service who will be able to help you.

For more information about Pricing you can click on this link: http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/financial-and-legal/aged-care-homes-costs-explained

Activities and Lifestyle

At Bellorana, we have a large bank of community volunteers, who assist us in creating an active and varied social life for our residents. Our current programs include: Line dancing, quizzes, crosswords, memory and reminiscing activities, men’s groups, happy hour, pets as therapy program, gardening (individual garden plots or general gardening), bus trips in the 12 seater facility bus, carpet bowls, bingo, multi denominational church services, arts and crafts and music, with local musicians visiting including bush bands, choirs, carol singers, school groups and guitarists.

Local Information

Bellingen is a picturesque small town, south of Coffs Harbour in NSW. It sits on the Bellinger river, at the foot of Dorrigo mountain. There is a strong sense of community with group gardens, markets, art galleries and cafes. Bellingen has a lively social scene, with music festivals such as the Jazz festival occurring each year, and Camp creative organised at the local high school each January. 1500 participants learn skills from Bollywood dancing to drumming, song writing, poetry, story writing and playing a musical instrument.

Bellorana is very conveniently located, set on the hill below the Bellinger River District Hospital. We are approximately 600 metres to the local business district at Bellingen.

Further Information

To find out more about RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village, please call Sue Beehag on (02) 6655 2777.

If you wish to write to, or visit the village, our street address is Corner of Watson and Church Streets, Bellingen, NSW 2454. If you need to fax someone at the village, please send it to (02) 6655 2999.