About Bangalow

Welcome to Bangalow a unique, historic town with a modern style.
Bangalow is the only intact Federation village on Australia’s east coast. Bangalow’s elegant pace is combined with modern and traditional restaurants, retail and antiques stores without the over-development found elsewhere.
It is said that the name ‘Bangalow’ meant either ‘a low Hill’ or a kind of palm tree in the language of the Banjalang Aboriginal people who lived in the area before European settlement in the 1840s.
Bangalow has everything you need for that getaway day trip or a luxurious holiday and an even better place to live. Just ask any of the locals.
Bangalow is at the centre of traditional dairy country, but sugar and, more recently, coffee have broadened the regional economic base. Although the ancient rainforest of the Big Scrub which once dominated the landscape between Ballina, Lismore and Mullumbimby has long gone, pockets of rainforest do remain. You’ll find examples of native rainforest on the Byron Creek walking track. Visit Bangalow today.

Fast facts

+ Relaxed but stylish village close to Byron Bay.
+ Set in lush green hills near the coast.
+ Beautiful Bangalow is located 775km north of Sydney, 165km south of Brisbane and 10km west of Byron Bay, population 950.

Why go there

As you come into town from the west, past the palms outside the pub, Bangalow instantly charms. Verandahs, a single main street – a sleepy country classic you might think – but this is no ordinary bush town. Bangalow has sophisticated tastes, as a short stroll past the cafés, galleries and therapists’ shops along the main street will confirm.
One of the town’s minor treasures is the walking track that winds along the edge of Byron Creek. Within a few paces you’re swallowed up in a forest of strangler vines and huge, mottled trees that shut out the sunshine. Water monitors scuttle away from the path and into the brown creek alongside. A five-minute stroll will take you to a shady park with neat garden beds and arbours covered with riotous greenery – the perfect spot for a picnic.


The township did not come into existence until late in the 19th century. Since that time it has functioned as the service centre for the surrounding dairy farms. It is only in recent years that Bangalow has come to be appreciated for its quaint, rustic charm.

Things to do

+ Admire the Federation-era facades along the main street.
+ Amazing shopping for all tastes, from retail, homewares and antique furniture.
+ Dont forget the amazing Cafes and Restaurants. Sample Bangalow Coffee made from beans grown in the surrounding hills.


+ The Billy Cart Derby in May is every child’s dream run – an old-fashioned cart race along the main street.
+ Bangalow Show – Every November
+ The Bangalow markets, held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
+ Great relaxing accommodation from a weeks saty to a weekend in a guesthouse in these quiet hills.