Bangalow was founded in the 1880s. The name coming from the Banjalang aboriginal word ‘bangalla’ meaning ‘low hill’ or ‘type of palm’.
Located only 16km from Byron Bay this quaint town has a very different vibe to its near by seaside resort, with original federation architecture, boutique shops, numerous art galleries and award winning eateries.
Built in the traditional style, Bangalow had one Main Street along which the shops were located.
Nowadays it is equally fun to explore the side roads, alleys and upper levels of houses where you will find quirky vintage shops, galleries showcasing local artists, traditional tea houses and modern homewares shops.
Or you could follow the historical walk that explains the significance of particular landmarks and takes you through some of the beautiful parks surrounding Bangalow.
Just behind Bangalow are the beautiful parklands or, as the locals call it, Bangalow Weir. This heritage area has recently been restored, the swimming platform reinstated, new shaded bench areas made and a fantastic natural kids playground built.
For a fun family day out why not visit the shops, grab yourself a selection of delicious takeaway from the numerous eateries and have a picnic alongside the babbling stream whilst the kids entertain themselves on the playground?
With weekly events such as the Bangalow Farmers Market every Saturday that showcase delicious local produce; monthly events such as the Bangalow Markets (on the 4th Sunday of each month), set under historic fig trees in the Showgrounds and annual family friendly events such as the Bangalow Billycart Derby and Taste of Bangalow, this little town in the middle of the Northern Rivers has a lot to offer and is certainly worth a visit.