The name Bangalow appears to have been derived from an aboriginal word, “Bangalla”, said to mean a low hill or kind of palm tree. These palms are still present today and are a major characteristic of the rustic town.
It is likely that the surrounding area of Bangalow became a home for cedar cutters temporarily in the 1840s with little development taking place here until 1881 when the town was first settled by Thomas Robinson.
The town was known as Bangaloe until 1907, when the modernised spelling came into use. At this time the town became the centre of the surrounding agricultural farmlands. It is only in recent years that the charming historic streetscape of the main street, the stylish cafes and boutique shops, the monthly markets and its proximity of being just a little above Byron Bay has increased Bangalow’s appeal as a tourist destination. Fresh local produce is a feature in the award winning cafes, restaurants and farmers markets.