RFBI Bellingen
Masonic Village

38 Watson Street, Bellingen NSW 2454
Call (02) 6659 5300

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Explore what our Village has to offer

Residential care: secure, compassionate assisted living

Whether the onset of health problems is gradual or sudden, if the need to seek assistance and comfort increases, RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village can provide an assisted lifestyle which includes round-the-clock nursing and medical care.

We are well aware that the decisions involved cause rising levels of concern both personally and for your loved ones. You will find us completely attuned to your needs, and dedicated to helping both you and your family adapt to the many changes ahead.

You can count on our compassionate and caring staff to listen to your needs in detail and provide the right options for you

Tranquil bushland village close to popular Bellingen centre

Your new home at RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village is surrounded by the bushland, birdlife and rural views for which the district is famous. 

Bellingen is a picturesque town on the Bellinger river, at the foot of Dorrigo mountain. There is a strong sense of community here with group gardens, markets, art galleries, cafés and a lively social scene — with music festivals such as the annual Jazz Festival.

The village is a short stroll to the town centre and very much a part of the local community. The village is well known for having a very family feel, providing quality care and personal service, and many of the staff have been at the village for many years.


Everything you need is right here 

RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village has a large bank of generous community volunteers who help create an active and varied social life for our residents. For example, current activities include: line dancing, quizzes, crosswords, memory and reminiscing activities, men’s groups, happy hour, pets-as-therapy program and gardening.

Other choices include bus trips in the 12-seater village bus, carpet bowls, bingo, multi-denominational church services, arts and crafts — and music.  Local musicians visiting include bush bands, choirs, carol singers, school groups and guitarists.

For quieter moments, there are lots of peaceful areas where you can simply relax, both indoors or out. These spots are also ideal for chatting with family or friends.

Your new home: designed for convenient comfortable living.  Choose from single and double rooms, with shared bathrooms, wide verandahs, gardens and a communal dining area and lounge room.

The village is close to the centre of town, giving you ready access to shops, cafés, doctors and transport.

You are also free to use the village’s internet café – with volunteers on hand to provide assistance should you need it.

Take a Tour
Year Opened 1975
All levels of care
Number of Beds 54
Single rooms with ensuite
Couples rooms
Secure dementia care -
Private balcony or courtyard -
Village bus
On-Site Shop -
Hair dressing salon
Cafe / Kiosk -
Medical Consultation Room
Other Features Registered Nurse on site 24/7. Activities 6 days a week. Mens Shed.

Payment Options

ROOM CATEGORY Maximum refundable
accommodation deposit
Maximum daily accommodation
payment (If no RAD is paid)
Example of paying 50% of RAD and remaining 50% by DAP


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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 accommodation payment accrues daily and is paid periodically (e.g. fortnightly). A combination payment includes both a partial lump sum and daily.

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 eligible for support by the Government.

This means that you will not be required to pay the Accommodation Payment. If you are not supported but affordability is still a factor, be assured this will not necessarily affect your eligibility for accommodation.

The Room Prices (RAD) and 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 based on the new quarterly interest rate.

Additional services (ie not including the accommodation price for the room) associated with the room

At this Village we are pleased offer an Additional Services Package at a cost of $15 per day that is payable by all non-supported residents. This includes a 43″ Smart TV, unlimited WiFi internet access, themed village events, wine or beer/soft drinks with lunch, weekly family happy hour and local entertainers. More details are available at the village. Other services that you can access at additional cost include hairdressing, café/kiosk purchases, telephone connection and line rental and Foxtel connection.

For more information about Aged Care Fees and Charges you can visit the My Aged Care website or speak to one of our team members at 1800 181 959.


Since the first residential care home opened in 1975, RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village has maintained steady growth due to public demand for our excellent services.

Gough Whitlam opened the first residential care home 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.

Bellorana Community Aged Care Packages commenced in 2001, and expanded in 2002, with seven new places at the Watson Street residential care home and a further 24 beds at the Joyce Jarrett residential care home located on the same street. Now consolidated to one site and named RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village, our 54 residents remain an important part of community life.

Contact Information

To find out more about RFBI Bellingen Masonic Village, 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 village or if you need urgent care, please call our General Manager, Jason D’Onofrio at (02) 6659 5300 or click here to send us an email.

You can visit the village at:
38 Watson Street, Bellingen, NSW 2454