I am a freelance writer, fortunate enough to live near Byron Bay, one of Australia's most beautiful regions. My writing - for newspapers, magazines, online and for business - lives at vivienne pearson.com
Published June 14th 2019
Nature-filled play in Bangalow
Bangalow is a gorgeous town in the hinterland inland from Byron Bay. It has a fabulous main street of boutique-style shops and great eateries. Once a year, that same main street (which used to be the highway and has a decent slope to it) turns into a billy-cart racing track!
I've always seen Bangalow as more of an amazing place to visit for adults but I've now revised that.
The Bangalow Parklands are a couple of rambling stretches of well-maintained grass alongside a bubbling creek. The opening of a new adventure-style playground (in late 2018) means that there are two structured playground areas as well as plenty of space for less structured play.
The older playground (which is still in very good nick) is more traditional - a pair of swings and one of the ubiquitous two-toned green playground structures.
The whole area is a little hidden, being away from the main road with very minimal signage. The older playground is behind Heritage House (a museum and tearooms that is well worth checking out when it is open).
The newer playground (if you want to start there) is further along Deacon Street. I confess that, even though I live locally, I had trouble finding the new playground. This is partly as it is built of natural materials into a natural slope so blends into its surroundings well.
Those interested in history will enjoy looking at the subtle but interesting information signs - about history, local indigenous culture, the weir that has been carefully constructed to aid native fish migration, and the remains of the area that was once a swimming pool within the creek (the Byron Creek).
Subtle but informative signs. Photo credit: Vivienne Pearson