If you’re looking for a little change of scene this weekend, Bangalow—a mere stone’s throw from Byron Bay and an easy three-hour drive from the Sunshine Coast—could be the answer.
This charming country town in the Byron Shire hinterland offers a slower pace, lots of greenery, along with great food, antiques, galleries, and homewares. And did we mention that Bangalow neighbour Chris Hemsworth has been seen strolling around the main street lately? Swoon.
All you need to do is grab bae, pack your weekend bag, and read our guide to the best places to eat, shop, play, and stay to maximise your chill getaway in Bangalow.
For a tiny town, Bangalow punches above its weight in terms of good food. Here are some must-visits to satisfy the taste buds.
Super gorgeous, Woods on Station Street is the sister venue to Byron favourite Folk and is the place to be for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. We love the cactus-dotted interiors as much as we love the overnight soaked chia oats with baked cinnamon apple breakfast.
Finding an Asian dumpling house and yum cha mecca in a hinterland town is unexpected and, let’s be honest, bloody awesome. Red Ginger on Byron Street delivers the goods and also offers relaxing teas and Asian-inspired gifts.
TOWN Restaurant and Café
Award-winning TOWN Restaurant boasts a kitchen pedigree that includes Sydney’s Quay and Tetsuya’s. We’ll take the Mont Blanc with fresh pear sorbet and vin-cotto cream sound for dessert.
Bang Burger Bar
Bang Burger Bar claims to serve the best burgers on the coast and we have it on good authority that their loaded burgers are top notch. The best bit? They’re open for breakfast if you require a hangover-curing breakfast burger.
When it comes to shopping, Bangalow knows how to do understated luxury like a boss. Bring the credit card.
Bangalow’s Island Luxe is seriously divine for interiors and fashion shopping. We’re talking pure linen sheets, gorgeous pots and plants, fierce leather jackets, and limited edition Golden Goose sneakers.
Jessica Johansen Bell is a talented local designer who is all about beautiful fabrics and raw finishes. Visit her new Deacon Street store, Johansen to pick up bohemian pieces that have been created and made in Australia.
The resort-style fashion, furniture, lights, homewares and styling at Bisque on Byron Street will make you wish you lived in St Barths/the Hamptons/Santorini all year long.
Have a drink at the Bangalow Hotel
You can’t come to Bangalow without having a beer in the historic Bangalow Hotel and chatting to the local characters. The hearty pub meals made from local fare is pretty top notch too.
What is there to do in Bangalow? If you’re not eating, shopping, celeb-spotting, or relaxing, check out these options.
Visit the Bangalow Markets
The roving Sunday Markets rotate between the local towns of Byron, Mullumbimby, Kingscliff, and Bangalow. If you time your visit right the monthly Bangalow Markets offer a cracking range of local designers wares, organic beauty products, fresh produce, and delicious doughnuts.
Road Trip To Minyon Falls
Once you’ve had your fill of cute cafes and boutiques, jump in the car for a 30-minute drive through the rolling countryside and fertile farming fields to Minyon Falls in Nightcap National Park. It’s a quick stroll to the top of the gushing falls, which drop dramatically 100 metres to the forest floor. Rained recently? Jackpot.
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