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Museums and Heritage Attractions of the Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Valley, Gold Coast region of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia

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Tweed Regional Museum

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Museums, Historic Places and Heritage Buildings

Museums, heritage sites and historical places include Aboriginal and European sites through-out the Byron Bay, Tweed Valley, Gold Coast Region of New South Wales, Australia.

These can include landforms and places of significance, as well as buildings and built structures.  Historical Societies, often housed in the same building as the local historical museum, can usually provide research services at a nominal or reasonable cost.

Museums and historic buildings are often open on set days or by arrangement for groups and schools, while historic places may have interpretive signage of their significance.

January 7, 2022: IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Coronavirus.

See current NSW business rules (staff and customers/guests). Updated

Most venues and facilities are now open.  If in doubt, please contact the operator directly or check web sites/social media for current details.

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Exterior Ballina Navel and Maritime Museum
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum

The museum is open daily from 9am to 4pm, EAST, except Xmas Day, Boxing Day, Anzac Day and Good Friday, with a large collection of naval and maritime memorabilia: a full size La Balsas raft which succesfully completed a trans Pacific voyage from South America, and many other interesting displays.  Admission by donation


(02) 6681 1002
Cape Byron SCA J Palmer
Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust

Cape Byron Headland Reserve stands on the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, with a spectacular cliff top walking track offering panoramic views of the ocean and north coast hinterland.  The visitor centre and lighthouse tours are managed jointly by the Trust and NSW NPWS.

Vehicle park fees apply, pedestrian access is free.

Byron Bay

(02) 6685 5955
Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah
Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah

Displays showcase the patterns of settlement, industry and agriculture that have shaped the Valley, and provide insights into contemporary life in the Shire.  School groups and special interst groups welcome by arrangement.

Open 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Free Admission

Murwillumbah, NSW

(02) 6670 2272
Minjungbal Aboriginal Centre
Minjungbal Museum and Cultural Centre

A NSW NPWS Historic Site open daily, features a mangrove boardwalk and walking track winding through the site and free use of picnic facilities with electric barbecues.

The Cultural Centre has a museum, and a shop offering aboriginal art, crafts and souvenirs.

Private tours, small groups, school groups and special interest groups of 20+, are welcome.  Indigenous guides are available by arrangment, to provide guided interpretive tours through the museum and site with its relics, flora and fauna. $p.o.a.

The shop and museum open Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm.   Museum entry fee: Kids/Students/Pensioners $5, Adults $10.* The walk is free.

* As at 25/8/21

Tweed Heads South

(07) 5524 2109

Museums and Galleries NSW
(02) 9252 8300
Alstonville Plateau Historical Society Inc
(02) 6628 1829
Ballina Naval & Maritime Museum
(02) 6681 1002
Ballina District Museum New
Friday and Sunday, 10am - 2pm
Bangalow Heritage House Museum & Cafe
(02) 6687 2183
Beaudesert Art, Craft & Information Centre
(07) 5541 4495
Beaudesert Historical Society & Museum
(07) 5541 3740
Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust
Byron Bay
(02) 6685 5955
Casino Folk Museum
(02) 6662 2893
Casino Mini Railway
(02) 6662 1924
Point Danger Memorial
Coolangatta/Tweed Heads
The Museum of Australian Miliatry Intelligence
Open: 9.30am-3.30pm Wednesday and 1st Sat. February to end of 2nd week of December.
(07) 5618 6915
Surf World Gold Coast
OPEN 10am-5pm DAILY
(07) 5525 6380
Tamborine Mountain Historical Society
Eagle Heights
(07) 5545 1485
Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum
Open: Tues 9am-12noon, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm, School and Group visits by appointment.
Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome
0419 235 848
Evans Head Living Museum
Evans Head
(02) 6682 6410
Kyogle and District Historical Soceiety Museum
(02) 6632 1672
Richmond River Historical Society
(02) 6621 9993
Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum
(07) 5530 5703
Brunswick Valley Historical Society Museum 
Fridays: 10am-12pm & Market day 3rd Saturday: 10am-1pm.  School and Group visits by appointment.
(02) 6684 4367
Lisnagar Heritage Homestead by appt.
(02) 6672 5062
Murwillumbah Historical Society
(02) 6670 2273
Tweed Regional Museum - Murwillumbah
(02) 6670 2400
Minjungbal Museum and Cultural Centre
Tweed Heads South
(07) 5524 2109
Tweed Heads Historical Society (Tweed Maritime Museum)
Tuesday and Friday 11am – 4pm DST Sunday 1pm – 4pm DST
Tweed Heads West
(07) 5569 3184
Tweed River Regional Museum - Uki and South Arm
(02) 6679 5890

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