The charming and historic Hinterland village of Bangalow sits approximately 7kms southwest of Byron Bay and a short 15 minute drive. It is unique in its seamless blend of historic features and modern, contemporary culture and is revered in the Byron Shire as the hidden gem of the Hinterland.
In an ode to the past, Bangalow has retained much of its historic charisma, with heritage buildings, architecture and streetscape throughout the town reflecting yesteryear. Bangalow remains the only Federation village in the Byron Shire. Modern, gourmet cafes and eateries, unique and diverse shopping and an array of arts, craft and culture make Bangalow a must-see Hinterland destination.
Enter Bangalow via Old Bangalow Road, which winds through the hills behind Byron Bay and enjoys a spectacular backdrop of Hinterland scenery. Steeped in a long and successful dairy farm history, Bangalow has rich volcanic, rainforest soil and is made of up stunning valleys and lush, green hills. In addition to its dairy farm history, Bangalow also produces excellent sugar and coffee, with a number of plantations scattered on the hills surrounding the village. A walking track twists along the edge of Byron Creek, leading to a stunning forest canopy rich with native wildlife and a shady park framed by gardens, perfect for a picnic. At Bangalow’s doorstep are a number of National Parks and World Heritage listed sites, including the famous Protestor Falls.
THINGS TO DO
Bangalow has become renowned for its unique and diverse retail offerings and a shopping day in this unique village is a must-do for visitors to the area. A variety of speciality shops offer a diverse range of goods, from fashion, furniture and homewares to gifts, asian groceries and antiques. Go home with hand-picked Japanese collectables, exotic teas, bespoke leather shoes and boots or local and international artisan goods, paintings, prints and sculptures.
Bangalow Farmers Markets
The Bangalow Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning between 8am and 11am behind the Bangalow Hotel and promises a range of locally grown fresh produce and speciality foods.
Don’t miss the Bangalow Markets, held on the 4th Sunday of every month. Hosted by the beautiful Bangalow Showground by the shade of the camphor laurel trees, these unique markets superbly capture the culture of Bangalow village. There’s plenty of food stalls, offering local, organic food, coffee and goodies, as well as a range of goods for purchase, including gifts and homewares, kids and adults clothing, jewellery, arts and crafts, books, plants, soaps and more. Take home locally produced fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams, coffee and treats or sit down for a tarot reading. Live entertainment is promised every week, with local bands entertaining the crowds all year long.
From formal, fine food dining, Asian-style noodle bars and modern, casual cafe dining to award-winning restaurants and deli-wine bar combinations, Bangalow spectacularly showcases the region's abundant local cuisine and has an eatery for all taste-buds. The rich rainforest surrounds of the Byron Hinterland are renowned for the production of top quality coffee and Bangalow promises plenty of opportunity to sample locally produced coffee in cafes, restaurants and coffee shops. Dine out for a must-have meal at the award-winning Harvest Cafe and be sure to enjoy a cold drink and tasty lunch on a sun-soaked balcony of the famous Bangalow Hotel.
Music and culture is alive and well in Bangalow, where visitors can catch live music on the weekends at Bangalow Hotel, as well as local live bands at the community and farmers markets. Some famous festivals held here include the Bangalow Show, Bangalow Music Festival and the Bangalow Starlight Festival. For a revved up weekend out, check out the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby. Visit the renovated local hall, which is home to the Jazz, Mind, Body and Spirit and Classical Music Festivals.
Culture and Creativity
Steeped in romantic nostalgia, with a rich history of culture and creativity, Bangalow is a hub of arts and crafts. Northern Rivers Performing Arts offers unique, homegrown live theatre and creative performance and the village offers several art studios, spaces and galleries with a range of fine arts and media on offer. Take a trip back in time and visit the Bangalow Historical Museum and check out Bangalow Heritage House. Learn how to make Bangalow’s rich local produce sing, with lessons at the Bangalow Cooking School.