Just a ten minute drive from Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay and a number of other stunning quite beaches you arrive in Bangalow, Byron’s grown up sister. This village ooze’s a cosmopolitan vibe with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, antique, retro shops and some of the most gorgeous home wares and clothing stores in the region. As you will be aware, there is a great emphasis on sumptuous gourmet local produce, with flagships being the Farmers Market each Sat morning.
The Northern Rivers of NSW is home to a culture steeped in rural traditions, with country towns and villages nestled in the lush green hills and valleys formed from ancient volcanoes. With Nimbin to the west and Byron Bay to the east Bangalow is in the centre of the counter culture. The village is an historical treasure.
Bangalow is also renowned for its picturesque countryside and agricultural pursuits. The surrounding green, rolling hills are a patchwork of fruit trees, macadamia orchards, coffee plantations, dairy cattle and other agricultural activities. Many specific events happen in Bangalow throughout the year and it is quickly gaining a reputation as a centre for music and cultural development. Bangalow has a strong yet diverse community spirit and has one of the largest populations of families in the Shire
The population of Bangalow township and it’s surrounding areas in the 2479 postcode ia approx. 4,200. Locals joke that it took 100 years to reach 2100 and 10 years to double to 4200. In keeping with the strong community spirit, Bangalow has a wealth of community organisations, such as Chamber of Commerce, Lions, Bridge Club, Scouts, CWA, Garden Club, Land/Rivercare group, Parks Committee, Playgroup, Pool Trust, Poultry Club, Quilters group, Historical Society and a Writer’s Group.
Located at the top end of the village behind the Hotel, every Saturday morning, the Farmers of the region bring their produce to sell to the local and visitors’ between 7am to 11am. A must to stroll through and if you don’t stock up on produce at the least take home some macadamia paste or local coffee.
The Bangalow markets on the 4th Sunday of every month are a gathering of locals, a get-together of; artists, artisans, bakers, therapists, farmers and friends which attract visitors from afar to enjoy the relaxed day. The Bangalow Market Day is a treat for day-trippers, a retreat from the rush of everyday life.
Part of the continuing success of the market is the beautiful grounds the markets are held in, which are dominated by eleven huge camphor laurel trees which provide welcome shade and rustling leaves and a magic forest atmosphere.
If you are coming to the market you will have to leave your dog at home. Parking is available in the showgrounds at the market. Parking fee is $2