Bangalow is a small town in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia in Byron Shire. The town is 765 kilometres (475 mi) north of Sydney[2] and 167 kilometres (104 mi) south of Brisbane,[3] just off the Pacific Highway. The town's name appears to have been derived from an Aboriginal word, "Bangalla", said to mean 'a low hill' or 'a kind of palm tree'.[4]

New South Wales
Byron StreetBangalow's main street
Coordinates28°42′0″S 153°31′0″E
Population2,021 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Byron Shire
State electorate(s)Ballina
Federal Division(s)Richmond


Bangalow's historic streetscape, monthly market and proximity to the popular tourist resort of Byron Bay has increased its appeal as a tourist destination. Timber cutters established a camp on the banks of Byron Creek in the 1840s but it was not until the 1880s that a town appeared on the site. The town was known as Bangaloe until 1907, when the modern spelling came into use.

In recent years Bangalow has become a pleasant stop for holiday-makers and day-trippers as its main street is lined with modern cafes and boutique-shops. Organic produce grown nearby is a regular feature in the cafes, in particular the Byron Bay coffee-beans are a popular purchase.

Bangalow Public School was first built in 1884. In 1925, a 4 classroom brick building block was made. The Bangalow Uniting Church was rebuilt in the early 1900s after a tornado blew down the original (Methodist) church. The church congregation is still active.


Bangalow is also home to the Bangalow Billy Cart Derby, which is held each year. It is a fun day, when the school has its fundraiser "The Mad Hatter's Teaparty".


At the 2016 census, Bangalow had a population of 2,021 people. 74.2% of people were born in Australia. The next most common country of birth was England at 5.6%. 87.4% of people only spoke English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 48.3%, Catholic 15.8% and Anglican 10.9%.[1]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bangalow (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
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  4. "Bangalow". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2009.

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