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Bangalow is a small town of Federation buildings surrounded by lush countryside, only 20 minutes from Byron Bay and the coast.

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Location

Bangalow is 18km (20 min drive) west of Byron Bay, and 24 km (20 min drive) north of Ballina. It is 165 km (2.25 hr drive) south of Brisbane and 736 km (8.5 hr drive) north of Sydney.

Bangalow’s streetscape, popular eateries and close proximity to Byron Bay has made it a popular tourist destination, it also has an interesting array of events including the Bangalow Music Festival and Bangalow Billy Cart Derby.

How to get there

The closest airport to Bangalow is Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, which is just over 20 min drive (26km) to the south. A number of airlines operate from the airport, offering direct flights to Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne.

There is a North Coast rail service daily or overnight train from Sydney to Brisbane via coach transfer at Casino.

Population

Bangalow is home to more than 1500 people, and the median age of residents is 42 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 1% of the population.

Bangalow is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

Healthcare facilities

Byron Central Hospital is a new purpose built, level 2 hospital 8 km (8 min drive) from Bangalow. The hospital provides a range of acute and sub-acute inpatient services. It has fewer than 50 beds and provides aged care, cancer care unit, Emergency Department, general medical, pathology, palliative care and medical imaging.

The closest NSW Ambulance Service station is Byron Bay which is 10 km (10 min drive).

Accredited GP practices

  • Bangalow Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Bangalow are: hospitals, cafes and restaurants, accommodation, other allied health services and clothing retailing.
  • Education

There is one public school in Bangalow: Bangalow Public School. Nearby Byron Bay has additional public and private primary and secondary schools.
  • Childcare

For young families, Bangalow has long day and out of school hours care, there are additional options in nearby Byron Bay.
  • Shopping

Bangalow has a FoodWorks supermarket, Asian grocery store and a range of specialty and boutique stores, cafes and restaurants. There are also weekly and weekend markets. In nearby Byron Bay, there is Woolworths, Aldi, SUPA IGA, and SPAR Express supermarkets and a range of national chain stores as well as specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

Bangalow has Uniting, Presbyterian, Anglican, Catholic churches and a Sikh Temple. Nearby Byron Bay has additional places of worship.
  • Points of interest

Bangalow has a picturesque, largely nineteenth-century streetscape with shady trees and quiet parks. Bangalow's historic buildings have been restored largely to their former style, retaining the wide verandahs that provide shady footpaths for al fresco dining. Restaurants, cafés, art galleries and antique shops occupy many of the historic buildings. Local events in Bangalow are the Billy Cart Derby in May and the Bangalow Show in November, the Byron Bay calendar list many events throughout the year across the region.
  • Sporting activities

Bangalow boasts a range of sporting activities, such as tennis, bowling, cricket, netball, soccer and rugby. In nearby Byron Bay a range of  water sports, such as fishing, surfing, snorkeling and kayaking are popular.
  • Community groups and activities

In Bangalow and Byron Bay community groups and volunteer organisations include Wildlife Rescue, Lions Club, Country Women’s Association, Rotary Club, Quota Club and Lifeline. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Byron Bay Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life in the Bangalow and a good place to start are the Facebook pages: Bangalow 2479Hello Bangalow  and Byron Bay Community Board.