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New South Wales, Australia

Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow, NSW. (3874478060).jpg
Bangalow Hotel, Bangalow

Bangalow is located in New South Wales
Population: 1,327 (2006)[1]
Postcode: 2479
Coordinates: 28°42′S 153°31′E / -28.7, 153.517Coordinates: 28°42′S 153°31′E / -28.7, 153.517
LGA: Byron Shire
State District: Ballina
Federal Division: Richmond

Bangalow is a small town in New South Wales, Australia, in Byron Shire with a population of 1,327.[1] 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]

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 wasn't 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.


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