Bangalow is a charming township of elegant federation buildings, inviting parks and delicious treats.
The population of Bangalow is nearly 2000 people, the median age is 41 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 1.2% of the population.
Bangalow is a small town on the North Coast of NSW, just 20 minutes (18km) south west of Byron Bay, just over 20 minutes (26km) north of Ballina and just under 2 hours (170 km) south of Brisbane.
Bangalow’s historic streetscape, monthly markets and close proximity to the popular resort of Byron Bay has increased its appeal as a tourist destination as well as the Bangalow Music Festival attracting acclaimed chamber musicians and soloists from around the world.
The closest airport to Bangalow is Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, which is just over 20 minutes (26km) to the south.
Ballina Byron Gateway Airport offers 58 flights per week, including daily return flights to Sydney on Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex. The Newcastle service operates 7 days a week on Rex Airlines and Jetstar flies daily direct to Melbourne.
The closest main railway station to Bangalow is Casino, which is 50 minutes (60kms) to the southwest. Casino is served by a daily northbound XPT service to Brisbane and a southbound service to Sydney as well as an additional daily XPT service to/from Sydney that terminates at Casino.
The main industries people living in Bangalow work in are:
• Retail trade
• Education and training
• Accommodation and food services
• Professional, scientific and technical services
The closest main hospital to Bangalow is Byron District Hospital which is a 22 minute (17 km) drive from Bangalow.
Byron District Hospital is a local community, level 2 rural hospital with fewer than 50 beds providing care to over 1,400 patients every year. The hospital undertakes over 430 surgical procedures and sees over 12,300 Emergency attendances annually. Services that are available at Byron District Hospital are, Aged Care, Cancer Care Unit, Emergency Department, General Medical Ward, Pathology, Palliative Care and Medical Imaging.
Bangalow is supported by Bryon Bay ambulance service
There is one public school in Bangalow: Bangalow Public School.
Nearby Byron Bay has one public and three private primary schools and one public and one private secondary school.
Bangalow offers young families child care options for 2 years to school aged children and out of hour’s school care.
Bangalow has a FoodWorks supermarket, Asian groceries and health stores. It also has a range of clothing stores, retro shops, boutiques, galleries, homeware and gift shops, hairdresser and beauty salons, jewellers, cafes and restaurant’s. There are also weekly and weekend markets in Bangalow which can be fun to browse and great for purchasing local produce as well as rare and unusual gifts.
Byron Bay, just over 20 minutes away offers a number of supermarkets and food stores including Woolworths, Aldi, SUPA IGA, and SPAR Express as well as some big name stores such as Witchery and Sportsgirl.
Nearby Ballina also offers several shopping precincts.
Bangalow has its own Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches.
There are many places of worship in nearby Byron Bay including Anglican, Australian Christian, Catholic, C3, Eastgate, Jehovah’s Witness, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist and Uniting Church.
Options for Bahai Faith, Chabad, Bodhitree Forest Monastery and Retreat Centre are 35 minute to the west in Tullera and The Australian Tibetan Buddhist Centre is 50 minutes to the north in Smith Creek.
Bangalow is the art-lover’s and gourmet’s paradise of Byron Shire. On the fourth Sunday of each month, Bangalow comes alive to the market in the showgrounds. Perhaps the most popular market on the north coast, Bangalow is famous for its shady trees and grassy enclosure showcasing yet more of the region’s art, craft and produce.
Bangalow is one of those country gems: 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, oriental rug and antique shops now occupy the old banks and drapery stores.
Local events in Bangalow are the Billy Cart Derby which is held in May, the Bangalow Show held in November as well as the local markets and farmer’s markets.
The nearby town of Byron Bay is a chic seaside town with glorious beaches, stunning nature parks and a thriving arts and culture scene.
Visit the Byron Bay Farmers Markets for fresh produce or be pampered at one of the many Spa Retreats in the region. There are also an array of art galleries or a range of activities for the more adventurous including surfing, stand up paddle boarding, golf, gliding, hot air ballooning, hang gliding and skydiving.