From dairy to design
IF YOU are keen to shop and don't mind shedding a few dollars, Bangalow is the new mecca on the Northern Rivers for all things trendy and stylish.
You still see the odd cattle truck and farmer in town, and the local pub is still full of local workers, but Bangalow is now a far cry from its rural roots.
Traders in town recently hosted a fashion parade to showcase what the local shops have to offer, and you could certainly have thought for a minute you were watching the catwalks of Paris or Milan.
The main street of Bangalow is a visual feast, not only for the shopping, but also for its beautiful, heritage-listed buildings.
Historic buildings of particular note include the recently refurbished A&I Hall at the top end of Station Street, near the showgrounds; the newly-renovated Readings building on the Lismore side of the roundabout (once the rural supplies store) and numerous graceful old homes.
Be sure to come to Bangalow hungry, because town's cafe culture is in full swing.
Choux Choux patisserie, at the top end of town, sells the most delicious cakes; while the ultra trendy Utopia has possibly the richest breakfast known to mankind with its scrambled eggs in filo pastry baskets.
To get a glimpse of the town's dairying past, take a walk around the showground.
The old saleyards are still standing, as it is only a few short years since the last auctions were held.
A pleasant spot for a picnic is on the banks of Byron Creek.
There are public toilets, barbecues and a children's playground.