Bangalow is a pretty village located between Byron Bay and Lismore in the Richmond Valley. It was once the centre of a thriving dairy industry. As dairying declined and coastal tourism boomed the main street has transformed from the usual collection of small family owned shops; butcher, baker, chemist etc into very pricy boutiques and cafes; organic or locally sourced is the de rigueur signage.
As I sat in one of the aforesaid cafes enjoying a spectacular breakfast and superb coffee I noticed that the clientele rushing in for a skinny soy cap to go were very well dressed and immaculately groomed, was I in Paddington, Toowong or Chapel St Melbourne?
The cafe was in a lovely old row of shops and I am sure it used to be one of those old country jewelers who had clocks in their windows, repaired watches and sold young farming couples their engagement rings.
The biggest change to Bangalow was the diversion of the Pacific Hwy to the outskirts fifteen years ago. This picture would've been impossible in the old days. It is a much more peaceful Byron St these days.