The alternative nature of the greater Byron Bay region on the NSW north coast has been ingrained in this part of the state for decades, and its bent towards all things creative and artistic is reflected in its inclination towards arts and crafts. The small and historic town of Bangalow around 20 minutes from Byron Bay is home to regular markets that showcase these handcrafted goods to the fullest, with visitors able to browse a huge range of stalls peddling everything from ceramics, to jewellery, to freshly baked goods and ground coffee. Bangalow Markets are widely considered some of Australia's best - while they're not huge, the quality of goods and wares on display here is typically exceptional and of a higher standard than many similar markets. The markets take place on the 4th Sunday of the month and typically sees nearly 300 individual stalls in operation, with some of the talent on display truly surprising. It's a joy to simply wander around and witness the variety while sampling the range of food from various international cultures all while soaking up Bangalow's characteristically weird-and-wonderful demographic.