Bangalow Doors…Thursday Doors.

Welcome to Thursday Doors!

Today, we’re off on an exciting doorscursion through village of Bangalow. Self-described as “a bit above Byron”, Bangalow is a historic rural town located 13 km west of Byron Bay, 758 km north of Sydney and 165 km south of Brisbane. Moreover, just in case you have absolutely no sense of direction or geography whatsoever, we’re in Australia. I try never to take that for granted. Just because I know where I am, it doesn’t mean you’re in the know. I was here exploring Bangalow while my husband and I were staying at nearby Newrybar with his sister while the kids were away at the Australian Scouting Jamboree in Adelaide.

Our Walk is starting at Bangalow Museum on the corner of Ashton and Deacon Street on the left just as you drive into town. While every old building hasa past, this house has more of a past than most and indeed, wasn’t built at its current location. Rather this traditional Queenslander-style home, was built in 1920 at Brunswick Heads and in its last incarnation, was a brothel. Indeed, just inside what now the front entrqance, there’s a pegboard with hooks for the brothel workers room keys, which their names still attached…Cuddles, Shiela (spent wrong), Rosey and Zoey. This allowed the brother manager to quickly ascertain who’s in and who’s out. I’ve been told that many blokes who join their wives on the museum tour doesn’t seem that interested, but when they hear it was a brothel, it’s like the “walls had ears” and I* dare say, eyes as well!

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Heritage House, Bangalow.

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Verandah, and front door Bangalow Museum.


Residence on the main road, which is currently under renovation in preparation for going on the market.

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Abracadabra…a view through the window.


This art gallery, which has been here as long as I remember has closed it’s doors, and it’s former occupants have sought greener pastures in Tasmania.



I’d love to know the story behind these doors. Where did they come from?



Above: Island Luxe – 62 Byron Street, Bangalow. THese doors also intrigue me. They’re magnificent.





Bangalow Hotel


Pink Flamingo Pool Toy in a ute parked outside the Bangalow Hotel.


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The Julian Edwards Gallery, Bangalow.


Bangalow Pharmacy and on the right hand side, you can see the remnants of an old Kodak advertisement.

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Above: The Country Women’s Association (CWA) Store.



Loved the Sign for Town Cafe Restaurant.


Town Cafe Restaurant. I loved the tile patterns out the front too.

Above: Polish Bangalow at the Masonic Hall, 14 Station Street, Bangalow, just off the main road.

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A motor bike parked outside Bangalow Presbyterian Church in Market Street.

Although I have tried to keep these doors somewhat in sequence walking up and back down the main road, I had to save the best til last…The Red Phone Box.



By the way, if you’d like to read more about Bangalow and its history, you can read  Walking Through Bangalow’s Past.

This has been another contribution to Thursday Doors hosted by Norm 2.0. Why don’t you come and join us and share a few of your favourite doors. It’s a lot of fun and helps you see parts of the world you’ll never get to visit.

Best wishes,


8 thoughts on “Bangalow Doors…Thursday Doors.

  1. Dan Antion

    Lots of beautiful and interesting doors. I was going to say that the ones with the arched divider in the glass panel was my favorite.Then I saw the pharmacy doors and then the blue split doors. finally, the split doors with the tall and narrow glass panels took the prize (as long as we don’t include the phone booth).

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Monika. I couldn’t believe my lucky stars when I was sitting in the cafe and that ute pulled in across the road and I had my camera with me. to top it off, the driver who was a knockabout labourer, came into the cafe so I got to ask him about it. It was a gift for his daughter’s birthday.

  3. Norm 2.0

    That’s quite a varied collection you put together this week – I love it! Too many nice ones to pick a favourite. It’s a shame that some careless motorcyclist had to park in front of that lovely blue church door 😉

  4. Rowena Post author

    Bangalow is a beautiful town and that whole area is full over creativity, individuality and quality workmanship. It also helps that it’s a fairly upmarket place these days.
    I had never thought consciously about doors before I got involved in this challenge. However, the door is the introduction to your home, shop or business and should be in good condition and it makes sense for businesses to make something of it as these ones in Bangalow have done. When you see all those incredible doors en masse, they really make quite an impact and no doubt give the town a lift.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    I actually suspect the pastor might be the motorcyclist. I have no doubts the motorcycle went with the Church. This area is quite alternative and although it’s more upmarket than it used to be back in its true hippy days, they do things differently around Byron Bay.
    Best wishes,

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