Itineraries & trails
Culture, Arts & Heritage Trail
Vibrant, innovative and always captivating - the trail of arts, culture and heritage along The Legendary Pacific Coast is a continually evolving journey. From dazzling performance spaces to regional galleries, historic sites and interactive art studios, the diversity of experiences truly offers something for everyone.
Beginning on the beautiful Central Coast with galleries, museums and a Japanese garden, the trail leads north to the dynamic city of Newcastle, reputed for its flourishing DIY arts scene and the stunning architecture of its cultural centres.
The superb natural environs of the Mid North Coast are rich with public art, annual festivals, historic features, local creations and hidden gems. The stunning Glasshouse in Port Macquarie contains one of Australia’s finest contemporary performing arts venues. Beyond lies the spectacular Northern Rivers, a region internationally renowned for its talented artists, creative energy, cinematic beauty and lively performance scene.
There are plenty of stops and side-trips along the way - historic sites to meander, funky art galleries to browse, craft workshops where you can get your hands dirty and dynamic performances to experience.
Take in a flick at the arthouse Avoca Picture Theatre, interact with the wild science displays at the Newcastle Museum, experience the dramatic history of Trial Bay Gaol and admire the incredible local talent at the many galleries and studios of the Byron Shire.
There’s always something new to explore – come and discover The Legendary Pacific Coast Culture and Heritage Trail - an experience that is never the same twice.
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre has been family owned and operated since the 1950s and offers much more than your average movie going experience. The beachside theatre presents quality arthouse, independent and foreign films and also hosts live performances and local film festivals. A unique aspect of this award-winning theatre is the screening of filmed performances from the current seasons of internationally renowned opera, ballet and theatre companies. Open 7 days – see website for prices and times.
|Phone:||(02) 4382 1777|
|Address:||Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, 69 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW, 2251, Australia|
Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum
The award-winning Henry Kendall Cottage and adjoining Historical Museum are nestled in over two acres of parklike grounds – a popular picnic spot complete with barbeques and tables. The historic convict-built cottage was once home to pioneer poet Henry Kendall and the historical museum houses exhibits relating to the early settlers of the district. The property also features memorabilia and farm machinery. Open every Wednesday, weekends and most public holidays. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children/concession.
|Phone:||(02) 4325 2270|
|Address:||Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, 25-27 Henry Kendall Street, West Gosford, NSW, 2250, Australia|
Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
As a prominent centre for arts and culture on the beautiful Central Coast, the Gosford Regional Gallery offers a mix of visual, sensory and interactive experiences. The modern gallery features three exhibition spaces and incorporates the stunning Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden – a tranquil setting to relax and enjoy art and nature. The complex also features a brasserie, shop and Art Centre that runs regular arts and culture related workshops. Open 7 days a week and entry is free.
|Phone:||(02) 4325 0056|
|Address:||Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 36 Webb Street, East Gosford, NSW, 2250, Australia|
Ken Duncan Gallery
The Ken Duncan Gallery and the Sanctuary Cafe is an expansive purpose-built facility featuring spacious viewing rooms, an intimate theatrette designed to present spectacular audio-visual presentations, plus an ultramodern cafe offering exquisite coffee and fine food created by award-winning chefs. Browse through the gallery and have a meal and make a day out of it. High Teas are also available in the Sanctuary Cafe, please call to book.
|Phone:||02 4367 6701|
|Address:||Ken Duncan Gallery, 414 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights, NSW, 2260, Australia|
Brisbane Water National Park
This sandstone landscape is rich in Aboriginal art. You can see engravings at Bulgandry on Woy Woy Road (accessible boardwalk, but take care if sight-impaired as boardwalk is raised), and there are sweeping water views from Warrah Trig and Staples Lookout. Somersby Falls (accessible toilets) and Girrakool picnic areas have excellent picnic facilities and forest walks. Discover something new with our Discovery tours.
|Phone:||(02) 4320 4200|
|Address:||Brisbane Water National Park, Old Pacific Highway, Gosford, NSW,|
Popran National Park
Popran National Park, on the Central Coast, is just an hour and a half north of Sydney, so it makes for an excellent day trip or weekend getaway. From hiking to mountain biking and horse riding to fishing, there’s plenty to do in this iconic Australian setting. Boasting 4km of Hawkesbury river foreshore, you can paddle through the mangroves, enjoy a spot of fishing, smell the coastal banksia and explore the rich Aboriginal heritage.
|Phone:||(02) 4320 4200|
|Address:||Popran National Park, Ironbark Road, Mangrove Mountain, NSW,|
Norah Head Lighthouse
Located at the northern end of the Central Coast overlooking the stunning coastline, the legendary Norah Head Lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse built in NSW. It’s a must see attraction for any visitor. An extra treat can be enjoyed during the two whale watching seasons, Autumn and Spring, as whales frolic in the waters near the lighthouse.
|Phone:||02 4343 4444|
|Address:||Norah Head Lighthouse, Norah Head, NSW,|
Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
The Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery precinct is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Macquarie. It features an award winning purpose-built gallery, sculpture park, mosaic pathway, expansive leafy grounds, contemporary craft outlet and historic Awaba House Restaurant and Cafe. The gallery is renowned for its stunning location and unique program, featuring nationally significant touring exhibitions as well as works from some of the Hunter’s finest artists. Open Tuesday to Sunday and some public holidays – admission is free.
|Phone:||(02) 4965 8260|
|Address:||Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, First Street, Booragul, NSW, 2284, Australia|
Fort Scratchley Historic Site
Fort Scratchley Historic Site, with its commanding position guarding the Hunter River Estuary, is undoubtedly Newcastle’s most spectacular vantage point and is worth the visit for the view alone. Overlooking Nobbys Beach and lighthouse, the Fortress boasts panoramic ocean, coastline, harbour and city views. The site has seen a wide range of human activities over the centuries. A guided tour brings the fascinating history of this national treasure to life.
|Phone:||02 4974 5033|
|Address:||Fort Scratchley Historic Site, Nobbys Road, Newcastle East, NSW, 2300, Australia|
Inner City Winemakers
Unique in Australia, Inner City Winemakers is within walking distance of Newcastle’s CBD and beautiful working harbour. Here locals and visitors alike can sample our unique range of wines at our cellar door and winery. Inner City Winemakers also run an art gallery showcasing Newcastle ‘s diverse artistic talent. Our trading hours are Tuesday till Sunday 10 till 6.00 so come in a see us and have a free wine tasting.
|Phone:||(02) 4962 3545|
|Address:||Inner City Winemakers, 28 Church Street, Wickham, NSW,|
Constantly evolving and changing within the central business district, Renew Newcastle is living demonstration of the vibrant DIY art culture of Newcastle. The project aims to fill the vacant buildings in the centre of Newcastle with art and culture. Pop up artists, cultural projects and community groups use and maintain the empty buildings until they are redeveloped – there’s cafes, art galleries, shops, workshops and design studios. As projects pop-up and down, it’s best to check the website for details and maps.
|Address:||Renew Newcastle, 3 Morgan St, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia|
Newcastle Art Gallery
Newcastle Art Gallery is the custodian of one of Australia’s most substantial public art collections outside a major capital city. The collection of almost 6,000 works presents a comprehensive overview of Australian art from colonial times to present-day. There is also a significant collection of Indigenous bark paintings. The gallery presents up to 20 exhibitions a year as well as a range of public and education programs. Open Tuesday to Sunday and some public holidays. Admission is free.
|Phone:||(02) 4974 5100|
|Address:||Newcastle Art Gallery, 1 Laman Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia|
For hours of entertainment and interactive displays, visit Newcastle Museum to discover local culture and heritage. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5.00pm with free admission for general exhibition.
|Phone:||(02) 4974 1412|
|Address:||Newcastle Museum, Workshop Way, Newcastle, NSW,|
The Lock-Up Cultural Centre
The Lock-Up Cultural Centre is housed within one of Newcastle’s most architecturally significant buildings, formerly the city’s police station from 1861-1982. The centre now houses the John Paynter Gallery, an artist in residence program, the city’s police museum including heritage holding cells, The Hunter Writers Centre and a program of various workshops and exhibitions. The buildings themselves are constructed of Sydney Sandstone and are listed in the NSW Heritage Register. Open Wednesday to Sunday – free admission.
|Phone:||(02) 4925 2265|
|Address:||The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia|
In the heart of Newcastle the Civic Precinct comprises many of the region’s major cultural venues. Wowing audiences for more than 80 years the Civic Theatre hosts a wide range of live performances and events. The historically significant theatre adjoins Wheeler Place, which is utilised for major outdoor events. Adjacent is the stunning architecture of Newcastle City Hall, also built in Henry Eli White’s famed ‘Spanish Baroque’ style of the 1920s. See website for specific dates and admission prices.
|Phone:||(02) 4974 2165|
|Address:||Civic Precinct, 375 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW, 2300, Australia|
The Australian Woodwork Gallery
Situated just minutes from the vineyards, the Australian Woodwork Hunter Valley Gallery has been purpose built to showcase the beauty and diversity of Australian timber and to display the creativity and skill of our craftsmen. The gallery features the work of Australia’s leading designer/makers and the range includes furniture, homewares, kitchenware, personal accessories, musical instruments, unique gifts and fine-art woodcraft. The furniture and other products carried are all 100% Australian made and only use timber from sustainable resources.
|Phone:||(02) 4990 4994|
|Address:||Australian Woodwork Hunter Valley Gallery, 10 Fleming Street, Nulkaba, NSW, 2325, Australia|
Around Hermitage Wine & Food Trail, Pokolbin
Just one hour from the freeway is the Hunter Valley’s Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail. Twenty owner operators of boutique wineries at the northern end of Pokolbin have banded together to create the Around Hermitage Wine and Food Trail giving travellers easy access and information to the many great sights and tastes of their region. The quiet country roads of this great Australian countryside deliver some excellent wines, great food and wonderful characters. Galleries, gardens, a bakery, horse riding and bicycle hire are available. Come meet the vineyard owners and the winemakers who love to sit back and chat about their wines and stock up. Start your tour at the northern end of Hermitage Road with the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges. You’ll find, award winning wines, dining options from cafes to fine dining with art gallery, sculpture garden, antiques and great accommodation along the way. We have pet friendly and accessible accommodation available.
|Address:||Around Hermitage, Hermitage Road, Pokolbin, NSW,|
Worimi National Park (Stockton Sand Dunes)
Incorporating the popular Stockton Beach, the Worimi Conservation Lands are co-managed by the local Worimi Aboriginal community in partnership with NPWS. There are an extraordinary number of cultural sites here that pre-date the arrival of non-Aboriginal people to the area. Stockton Beach is popular for 4WD trips, fishing and picnicking. Dogs on leash are permitted on Stockton Beach. All vehicles must be registered and display a current Worimi Conservation Lands Beach Vehicle Permit. Check website for closures prior to visiting.
|Phone:||(02) 4984 8200|
|Address:||Worimi Conservation Lands, Anna Bay, Port Stephens, NSW,|
Myall Riverside Art Walk
Meandering through the adjoining towns of Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, the Myall Riverside Art Walk is a collection of more than 25 public artworks installed by local artists. This unique collection of interpretive sculpture, mosaics, paintings, poems and murals along the riverside and across the towns, is an expression of the local community, heritage and environment. New installations are celebrated each year at the Myall River Festival. A guide is available online or from the local Visitor Information Centre.
|Phone:||(02) 4997 0111|
|Address:||Myall Riverside Art Walk, 241 Myall Street, Tea Gardens, NSW, 2324, Australia|
Honeycomb Valley Farm
Just one minute off the Pacific Highway at Nabiac, is a host for registered WWOOFERS and Helpx participants. Visit the farm to enjoy unique Australian honey, jams and herbal teas and wander the amazing useful plant garden that houses a native Australian Bee Sanctuary (1,600 species of Aussie bee!) If you’d prefer to work rather than wander, send your details well in advance as they are an in-demand host known for its excellence in sustainable farming, good food, good times and gorgeous animals. They have Australia’s largest solar oven on site too which is always cooking!
|Phone:||(02) 6554 1460|
|Address:||Cnr Wallanbah Rd & Tenants Rd, Nabiac, NSW, 2312, Australia|
Artisans on the Hill, Café, Craft Workshop and B&B
Artisans on the Hill is completely different. With a gallery displaying beautiful artisans work, cafe, craft workshops and bed and breakfast facilities, it is a complete package for a day visit or a few days relaxation. Just 15 minutes from Taree in the village of Mondrook and close to the historical town of Wingham, Artisans on the Hill is a destination not to be missed in the Manning Valley. Unique, high quality craft and fun learning experiences are available for you to try and a variety of workshops available for everyone.
|Phone:||(02) 6553 1199|
|Address:||Artisans on the Hill, Café, Craft Workshop and B&B, 702 Tinonee Road, Mondrook (Taree), NSW, 2430, Australia|
Wingham Museum (Manning Valley Historical Society)
Home of the Bonnie Scottish Festival. The historic museum opened in 1968 and was once part of Duff’s Store established in the 1870’s. The Museum now houses a fabulous, large collection of photographs and memorabilia that takes you back in time. See the township of Wingham in the 1800’s. We have archival research available, a gift shop and visitor information on the region. Open daily 10am to 4pm, closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
|Phone:||(02) 6553 5823|
|Address:||Wingham Historical Society, 12 Farquhar Street, Wingham, NSW, 2429, Australia|
Manning Regional Gallery
Housed within a beautiful historic building (built 1909) in the centre of Taree, the Manning Regional Art Gallery presents an exhibition program of outstanding national, international and regional artworks. The gallery features a strong focus on Indigenous artwork and artisans of the local area and has been a winner of the ‘Imagine’ Award for excellence in Regional Galleries and Museums. There are also workshops on offer throughout the year. Open Wednesday to Sunday with constantly changing exhibitions. Free admission and gift shop open.
|Phone:||(02) 6592 5455|
|Address:||Manning Regional Gallery, 12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW, 2430, Australia|
Manning Entertainment Centre
A regional performing arts centre of outstanding quality, the Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree offers a year-round program of local, regional, national and international performances. The venue presents a diverse mix of quality entertainment with everything from acclaimed international musicians and nationally touring theatre companies, through to local schoolproductions and special family and children’s shows. See website for performance dates and prices – there is also a bar open on performance nights.
|Phone:||(02) 6552 5699|
|Address:||33 Manning River Drive, Taree, NSW, 2430, Australia|
The Other Side ART CAFE
For great food and art, visit the Other Side Art Cafe just off the Pacific Highway in the Manning Valley at Moto.
|Phone:||02 6553 8890|
|Address:||The Other Side ART CAFE, 12 Moto Road, Ghinni Ghinni, NSW, 2430, Australia|
Crowdy Head Lighthouse
Located 33km north east of Taree, the historic Crowdy Head Lighthouse is one of only five small lighthouses built on the NSW north coast. The panoramic views from the lighthouse are breathtaking. To the south you can see as far as Seal Rocks and to the north Port Macquarie. The whales migrate north to warmer waters during May – July and return during August – October to the rich southern feeding grounds in the Antarctic. This is a perfect location for land-based whale watching.
|Phone:||1800 182 773|
|Address:||Crowdy Head, Crowdy Head, NSW,|
Timbertown Heritage Theme Park
Experience a truly unique theme park depicting a timbertown of the 1880-1930 period. Our famous steam train operates daily, bullock shows, steam sawmill and eateries are all within Timbertown so you can enjoy the good old days. Timbertown is a must see when travelling tourist Drive 8, on The Legendary Pacific Coast or staying in Wauchope or Port Macquarie.
|Phone:||(02) 6586 1940|
|Address:||Timbertown Heritage Theme Park, 2325 Oxley Highway, Wauchope, NSW, 2446, Australia|
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
There are now 50 new reasons to visit Port Macquarie with the vibrant Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail waiting for you to discover. 50 sculptures have been skillfully painted and crafted by 50 local and national artists, each with their own creative story. The sculptures will bring a smile as you discover them located around the Port Macquarie region. Walk the Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail from Settlement City along Westport Foreshore to the Town Green, then up Clarence Street to Town Beach and Rotary Park. For all details on the trail visit the website or Click here to download a full map of the trail (6MB)
|Address:||Hello Koala Sculpture Trail, Port Macquarie, NSW,|
Port Macquarie Historical Museum
Experience Port Macquarie’s rich and unique cultural heritage at the region’s award winning museum. Conveniently located in the Port Macquarie CBD and cultural precinct, the Port Macquarie Historical Museum presents local stories from Port’s beginnings as a British penal colony in 1821 through to recent times as a holiday resort and sea-change destination. The museum regularly updates displays across the rooms and galleries with lots of things to see and do during your visit. Take a look inside and be surprised! Open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm.
|Phone:||02 6583 1108|
|Address:||Port Macquarie Historical Museum, 22 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
Glasshouse Arts, Conference & Entertainment Centre
The multi award-winning Glasshouse is located in the heart of Port Macquarie’s vibrant CBD. This spectacular building houses an expansive regional gallery, theatre and studio, meeting rooms, interactive heritage displays, wi-fi service, gift shop and Port Macquarie’s Visitor Information Centre. The Glasshouse is open 7 days a week.
|Phone:||(02) 6581 8888|
|Address:||Glasshouse Arts, Conference & Entertainment Centre, Corner of Clarence & Hay Streets, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
The Sea Acres coastal rainforest community is the most diverse in the region and the Rainforest Centre is a ‘must see’ eco-tourism attraction. Explore the rainforest on the 1.3 km wheelchair-accessible elevated walkway. You can drive to Shelly Beach off Pacific Drive or walk to Miners beach off Lighthouse Road. Join an Aboriginal guide for a bush tucker tour and then chill in the Rainforest Café, a pleasant leafy venue for relaxed dining.
|Phone:||(02) 6582 3355|
|Address:||Seacres Rainforest Centre, Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage
Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage offers two walking tours of the town’s fascinating convict past and there is no better way to appreciate that history than on foot. Take a tour – Uncovering our Past, which is a look at Port Macquarie’s archaeology and history, and Grave Tales – a journey through the town’s historic cemetery. The tours are conducted by local award winning Heritage Consultant Mitch McKay. So why not relax, listen to the stories and see how our history is being interpreted.
|Phone:||0447 429 016|
|Address:||Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
Arts Mid North Coast, Creative Coast
Arts Mid North Coast is a regional non-profit, incorporated organisation and is the peak body for arts and cultural development across the Mid North Coast region. Arts Mid North Coast works within the following seven local government areas: Great Lakes, Greater Taree, Port Macquarie-Hastings, Kempsey, Nambucca, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour. Arts Mid North Coast has been in existence now for over ten years and is part of a state network of thirteen Regional Arts Boards that provide the framework for arts and cultural development across regional and rural NSW.
|Phone:||02 6658 9400|
|Address:||Arts Mid North Coast, Port Macquarie, NSW, 2444, Australia|
Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery
The Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery showcases the work of prominent established and emerging artists of the Dunghutti region and the Mid North Coast. The gallery is housed in the annex of the Kempsey Visitor Information Centre, an intriguing building designed by internationally renowned architect Glenn Murcutt. The gallery sells unique pieces of visual art as well as prints, weavings, bushfood products, clapping sticks and didgeridoos. Open Tuesday to Sunday – admission is free.
|Phone:||(02) 6562 1432|
|Address:||Dunghutti Ngaku Aboriginal Art Gallery, South Kempsey Park, South Kempsey, NSW, 2440, Australia|
Trial Bay Gaol, South West Rocks
Trial Bay Gaol is a solitary picturesque ruin set on a spectacular natural headland at Arakoon, South West Rocks. Explore the ruins, wander through the museum or take a guided tour to gain a unique insight into Australia’s history. Enjoy the beach side picnic area, campground beneath the Gaol, the Trial Bay Kiosk not far from the Gaol and a variety of scenic walking tracks. The Gaol is located just 16 kilometres from the Pacific Highway within Arakoon National Park and is a must see when visiting the area. The Discovery Tours only operate during the school holidays.
|Phone:||02 6566 6168|
|Address:||Trial Bay Goal, 1 Cardwell Street , Arakoon, NSW, 2431, Australia|
Arakoon National Park
The heritage-listed Trial Bay Gaol (1886) is in this park. Wander through the museum, explore the ruins or relax on the beach. Take a stroll over Monument Hill to the Little Bay picnic area, or enjoy the spectacular half-day walk to historic Smoky Cape Lighthouse. Around the gaol there are picnic areas and facilities for car-based and caravan camping, or enjoy a stay at secluded Little Bay Cottage. Discover something new with our Discovery tours.
|Phone:||(02) 6566 6168|
|Address:||Arakoon National Park, Carwell Street, Arakoon, NSW,|
Bowraville Folk Museum
The Bowraville Folk Museum is a hands-on museum for all people and all ages. This is a kid friendly and big kid (adult) memory lane museum that is celebrating its 40th year. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 1pm. Entry for adults is $5.00 and children over 5 are $1.00 accompanied by an adult. Wheelchair access: available – just wave at the front door & we will open side access door and help. In addition, we sell copies of old newspapers and present day craft items, hand made by museum volunteers, like crochet jug covers and doyleys, washers, teatowels and towels etc.
|Phone:||(02) 6564 8200|
|Address:||86 High Street, Bowraville, NSW,|
Nambucca is home to a collection of public art mosaic installations – the largest and most visible decorating the main street of Nambucca Heads. Created by mosaic artist Guy Crosley and teams of local volunteers and artists, the work is 50 metres long and provides a fascinating foreground to the Nambucca Heads Police Station. Enjoy a discovery walk along the artwork, which represents a map of the area featuring giant shells, sharks, fish, a crocodile and an enormous octopus.
|Phone:||(02) 6568 2555|
|Address:||Nambucca Mosaics, 25 Bowra Street, Nambucca Heads, NSW, 2448, Australia|
Bunker Cartoon Gallery
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is housed in an authentic underground World War II bunker (built in 1943) that has been converted into a unique exhibition space. The gallery is the keeping place of the Rotary Cartoon Collection, one of the largest contemporary cartoon collections in the southern hemisphere! The gallery also provides exhibition space for local and emerging artists, as well as touring shows of cultural interest. Open Monday to Saturday – admission $2 adults, $1 for children.
|Phone:||(02) 6651 7343|
|Address:||Bunker Cartoon Gallery, John Champion Way, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia|
The Old Butter Factory
The charming historic buildings and grounds of the Old Butter Factory in Bellingen now house a collection of local creative industries as well as the Nexus Community Gallery. Within the complex you will find artisan-made leatherwork, woodwork, visual art, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, gifts, homewares and a lovely leafy cafe with stunning views. The complex itself is over a century old and ships once journey all the way up the river to collect the region’s butter from its wharves.
|Phone:||(02) 6655 2150|
|Address:||The Old Butter Factory, 1 Doepel Street, Bellingen, NSW, 2454, Australia|
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
Known for its entertaining opening nights and adventurous fundraisers and events, the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery features an exhibition calendar of acclaimed and emerging local and national artists. The gallery also presents an eclectic public program featuring workshops, concerts and social events as well as the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award. Located in the heart of Coffs Harbour – check the website to see what’s happening, there’s always something new. Open Tuesday to Saturday – free admission.
|Phone:||(02) 6648 4863|
|Address:||Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Corner Coffs and Duke Streets, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450, Australia|
Grafton Regional Gallery
The premier cultural centre of the Clarence Valley features Prentice House (circa 1880), a fine example of 19th Century residences for which Grafton is celebrated and the state of the art Main and the Loft Galleries. Be sure to visit The Grafton Regional Gallery which is open Tuesday to Sunday (10am to 4pm) and has a permanent collection of over 1,300 works and an annual calendar of more than 40 national and local exhibitions as well as some 80 programs and events. Wander through the gallery set amongst welcoming gardens and spend a few hours visiting. Admission to the gallery is by donation.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 3177|
|Address:||Grafton Regional Gallery, 158 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW, 2460, Australia|
Grafton Heritage Trail
Experience the rich history of this city by picking up a copy of the Grafton – Heritage City from the Visitor Information Centre. This leaflet shows a trail a visitor can take around the city of Grafton. Public buildings with heritage listings can be internally inspected during normal opening times. There is also a brochure on local shipwrecks. The remains of the Induna can be seen just below the Grafton Bridge in the south western corner. Sir Winston Churchill escaped the Boer War aboard the Induna and it also saw service as a rail-ferry at Grafton. See Culture, Arts and Heritage for more activities in the Clarence.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 4677|
Christ Church Cathedral
The Christ Church Cathedral (built in 1884) was designed by John Horbury Hunt along Gothic lines with its towering arches, beautiful stained glass windows and a very spacious interior. If you’re interested in architecture and beautiful churchs, visit the cathedral between 7.00am to 5.30pm, 7 days, there is no admission fee.
|Address:||Cnr Duke and Victoria Streets, Grafton, NSW,|
Grafton Clocktower Gallery
Located in the Visitor Information Centre at Grafton, is the Clocktower Gallery stocking many excellent examples of local art, crafts and local produce. Artworks include handcrafted needlework, leatherwork, pottery, photography, paintings in a variety of media and knitting. The gallery is open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 4677|
|Address:||Clocktower Gallery, Cnr Spring Street and the Pacific Highway, Grafton, NSW,|
Alumny Creek School House Museum
Situated 5km north of Grafton on the Southgate Road-Lawrence Road is the Alumny Creek Reserve with its centre-piece, the old school house. This school operated from 1872 until 1969. It is now a living museum of school life with significant pieces of equipment, school records and memorabilia reflecting various stages of education over these years. It’s a trip in a time-machine back to some visitors primary school days featuring many small details that may be long forgotten. The reserve surrounding the school is like a village green with picnic facilities, shady trees and sports facilities. The museum is open Monday mornings 9am – 11am and then only by appointment and you need to telephone to make arrangements.
|Phone:||0409 264 289|
|Address:||Alumny Creek School House Museum, 465 Lawrence Road, Alumny Creek, NSW,|
The Lawrence Museum is established in the old ABC 2NR radio transmitter building in Merton Street, Lawrence just outside of Maclean (under the big mast). As well as the usual memorabilia the museum highlights items associated with radio broadcasting. Coach companies and interested groups are invited to visit and enjoy the experiences of radio broadcasting from its very early years in Australia. The entrance fee is $3.00 per person. A morning tea can be organised for tour groups at $6.50 per person. The museum is open every Tuesday from 9am to 1pm. Saturday and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Group bookings for special visits, on any day, may be made with the Museum.
|Phone:||(02) 6647 7588|
|Address:||2 Merton Streeet, Lawrence, NSW,|
Historical Walks around Yamba
Retrace the steps of the explorer Mathew Flinders as you make your way around Yamba, exploring the historical highlights and landmarks such as the Flinders Well, Yamba Lighthouse, and the Yamba Historical Museum.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 4677|
Pilot Hill, Yamba
Pilot Hill is a great location to spot migrating whales. Mathew Flinders discovered Yamba in 1799 and the view over the ocean, beaches and river system is stunning. There has been a continuous pilot station in situ here since 1877 and is the site of the first lighthouse built in 1880 until its current replacement was erected in 1955. Whilst looking for whales and dolphins read the dreamtime stories of how the Clarence was created on the interpretive panels at this historic site.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 4677|
|Address:||Pilot Hill, Yamba, NSW,|
The bicentennial gift of a Cairn from Scotland to Australia inspired the Scottish Town in Australia to construct its own Cairn. The Cairn was erected in 1988 from stones from Scotland, Scottish families in Australia and local families. The Park has a fantastic view over the Clarence River and valley below. The Cairn was dedicated by Rev Kenneth McLeod on December 3rd 1988.
|Address:||Scottish Cairn, Stafford Park, Taloumbi Street, Maclean, NSW,|
Maclean Stone Cottage and Bicentennial Museum
The excellent design enables visitors to easily understand and enjoy the range of special displays. There are delightful replicas of an early school room and an early hospital ward plus many regularly changing exhibitions. The Stone Cottage, in the same grounds, was built by Johann George Schaefer after 1879 using sandstone quarried from the site. It became the local museum in 1973 and since the opening of its big brother in 1988 it has been returned to a “living history” replica of a typical home from the turn of the century. It contains many working models. The Maclean Museums are open Wednesday and Saturday 1pm to 4pm, Friday 10am to 4pm. Other times by appointment.
|Phone:||(02) 6645 3416|
|Address:||Cnr Wharf & Grafton Streets, Maclean, NSW,|
Maclean Lookout and Pinnacle Rocks
Visit the Maclean lookout which offers stunning views of the Clarence River and valley below. On a clear day, you can see the coastal towns of Yamba, Iluka and Brooms Head and a stone wheel on the ground indicates where each town is located to assist you get your bearings around the Clarence Valley.
|Address:||Wharf Street, Maclean , NSW,|
Witzig Gallery stocks some beautiful Papua New Guinean artwork in conjunction with stunning classic surf film posters, DVDs and images and contemporary photography. The gallery is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Entry is free so come in and have a browse around.
|Phone:||1800 352 711|
|Address:||Witzig Gallery, 80 River Street, Maclean, NSW, 2463, Australia|
This award winning museum offers the visitor a journey of discovery of Yamba’s township and its subsequent strong maritime history. Engaging exhibitions focus on Yamba’s association with the mighty Clarence River and its people. There is off-street parking available, it is user friendly and accessible with toilet facilities available. There are guided tours including home cooked morning or afternoon teas and group charges on request. Opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am to 4.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm (or by appointment). Admission: Adults $3 and children are free.
|Phone:||(02) 6646 1399|
|Address:||Yamba Museum, River Street (next to Golf Club). , Yamba, NSW,|
Pop into the Scottish Corner in Maclean to browse the many souvenirs, tartan samples and for advice on tracing your family clans.
Run by dedicated volunteers, this centre is open 10am – 1pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays.
|Address:||Scottish Corner, 201 River Street, Maclean, NSW,|
Ferry Park Gallery
The gallery shows original works of art and craft made by members of the Lower Clarence Arts & Crafts Inc. from the Clarence Valley area, covering all mediums including painting, drawing, photography, fibre arts, pottery, glass art, woodwork and creative embroidery. There is a special exhibition each month featuring a different artist plus a display by student artists. Admission is free and the gallery is open daily 9am – 5pm except Christmas Day. The Gallery is located on the Pacific Highway at the southern entrance to Maclean.
|Phone:||(02) 6645 4121|
|Address:||Ferry Park Gallery, Pacific Highway, Maclean, NSW,|
Schaeffer House – Clarence River Historical Society
Schaeffer House is the headquarters of the Clarence River Historical Society. The homestead was built by the son of a pioneer German family, Mr F W C Schaeffer, between 1901 and 1903. The house had many owners and was purchased by the Grafton City Council in 1966 and renovated to accommodate the collection of archives and historical items collected by the Society. The Society was formed in 1931 and is the oldest country historical society in NSW. Schaeffer House displays beautiful china, glassware & furniture presented to the Society over the years. Schaeffer House is open 1pm to 4pm each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Also opened for historical research from 9am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
|Phone:||(02) 6642 5212|
|Address:||190 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, NSW,|
Northern Rivers Performing Arts
NORPA is a leading regional performing arts organisation that creates, produces and presents cross art-form theatre from its home in the Lismore City Hall. NORPA is one of the few remaining theatre companies left in regional Australia to create and produce its own work. Always dynamic and fresh, and seeking to explore contemporary Australian culture, NORPA’s yearly program includes locally grown productions as well as acclaimed nationally touring performances of artistic vibrancy. See website for show details.
|Phone:||1300 066 772|
|Address:||Northern Rivers Performing Arts, 1 Bounty Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480, Australia|
New Italy Complex
The New Italy Museum serves as a tribute to pioneering families of the Woodburn area, telling the story of their trip to Australia from Italy and the family histories of the early settlers. The museum’s collection includes historical pieces such as antique farming implements and a significant display of Italian silk pieces. Within the complex there are two museum buildings, a glass-artwork gallery and a cafe serving up Australian and Italian meals. Open seven days – admission is free.
|Phone:||(02) 6682 2622|
|Address:||New Italy Complex, 8275 Pacific Highway, Woodburn, NSW, 2472, Australia|
Casino Beef Week
In 2012 Casino Beef Week celebrated its 30th anniversary and the popular regional festival attracted around 40,000 people during the week. Events such as Free Breakfast with the Butchers draw crowds seeking a fun rural experience. On the main Saturday, the country comes to town, with cattle competitions and auctions in the main street! Streets are closed and alive with stalls, entertainment, whip cracking, wood chopping and much more.
|Phone:||(02) 6662 8181|
|Address:||Casino, NSW, 2470, Australia|
Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum
This museum is devoted to the preservation and presentation of the rich Naval and Maritime heritage of the Port of Ballina, once the gateway to the west. Displayed is a unique collection of artifacts, models, dioramas, fact sheets and ex-mariners who participated in the making of this history. Guided tours and interactive material for the younger visitors are available on request. Open 0900-1600 seven days per week.
|Phone:||(02) 6681 1002|
|Address:||Regatta Ave, Ballina, NSW, 2478, Australia|
North Coast Tours
Our guided day tours for small groups are all-inclusive, from relaxing scenic tours to unique local shopping adventures, covering Byron Bay through to Lismore. Explore the quaint villages and beautiful hinterland. See talented local artists and food producers. Treasure hunt the gift-shops and boutiques, or simply enjoy excellent local coffee. Our guides have the local knowledge and we offer a personalised service.
|Phone:||0428 220 365|
|Address:||Pick up point, Byron Visitor Information Centre, 80 Jonson Rd, Bryon Bay, NSW,|
Lismore Regional Gallery
Lismore Regional Gallery’s annual calendar of predominantly self-generated exhibitions reflects the social, historical, and cultural aspects of the region. Combined with an active program of events, it makes the gallery a dynamic place for people of all ages – with a particular focus on young people. The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday and admission is free so drop in and see what’s on exhibition.
Adjoining the gallery is the café, Palate at the Gallery, run by award winning chef Perry Hill and focusing on local fresh produce.
|Phone:||(02) 6622 2209|
|Address:||Lismore Regional Gallery, 131 Molesworth Street, Lismore, NSW, 2480, Australia|
Nimbin is Australia’s most famous alternative lifestyle capital and shot to fame when it hosted the 1973 Aquarius Festival, attracting students, hippies and visionaries from all over Australia. This internationally famous village is intriguing and quirky with its colourful local characters and a streetscape of indigenous, rainforest and psychedelic facades.
There are a unique range of cafes and stores to discover in the main street, making it a great day out whilst holidaying in the region.
|Phone:||(02) 6689 1388|
|Address:||Nimbin Village, Nimbin, NSW,|
Northern Rivers Community Gallery
Set in an atmospheric heritage building complete with a relaxing cafe, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery presents a constantly evolving program of exhibitions by artists from across the Northern Rivers. The gallery also features artist demonstrations and workshops as well as artwork, locally crafted jewellery, ceramics and giftware for sale. Check the website to see the latest shows. Open Wednesday to Sunday – admission is free and workshop prices are on the website.
|Phone:||(02) 6681 6167|
|Address:||Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Corner Cherry and Crane Streets, Ballina, NSW, 2478, Australia|
A short scenic journey into Byron’s hinterland lies a faraway magical place. Hold and behold the enchanting beauty of crystal from gigantic formations to exquisite jewellery. Walk among gods through stunning gardens and rainforest. Find yourself in an ancient labyrinth. Touch the world peace stupa blessed by Gyuto Monks of Tibet. Indulge in delicious views, local coffee and food. Ignite the senses, enrich your spirit. Discover the jewel of Byron.
|Phone:||02 6684 3111|
|Address:||Crystal Castle, 45 Monet Drive, Montecollum, NSW,|
Arakwal National Park
Created in 2001 as the result of a historic agreement with the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community, Arakwal National Park protects important natural and cultural heritage and is co-managed with the traditional owners. Enjoy 3 km of secluded unpatrolled beach backed by coastal heath.
|Phone:||(02) 6620 9300|
|Address:||Arakwal National Park, Tallow Beach Road, Byron Bay, NSW,|
Byron Arts Trail
The perfect place to explore the creativity of the Byron Shire, the Byron Arts Trail features the work of artisans from around the region, all in the one convenient location. Within the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate, the trail features an eclectic mix of 23 artisans’ workshops including glass, painting, fashion, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, jewellery and design. There are also cafes and restaurants and entry is free. See the website for specific opening times.
|Phone:||(02) 6685 7909|
|Address:||Byron Arts Trail, Byron Bay Arts & Industry Park, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481, Australia|
Cape Byron Lighthouse
Cape Byron is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. See turtles, dolphins and in season whales or stroll through the National Park. Visit Cape Byron State Conservation Area for a great insight into the heritage of Byron Bay. The lighthouse maritime museum is open daily between 10 and 4pm. Explore the history of the lighthouse and climb the tower where you will take in some amazing views. This should not be missed!
|Phone:||(02) 6620 9300|
|Address:||Cape Byron Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, Bryon Bay, NSW,|
Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum
The maritime museum in the former lighthouse keepers office at the base of the lighthouse is staffed by volunteers and is open daily between 10:00am and 4:00pm; it provides a great insight into the maritime and lighthouse heritage of Byron Bay. Entry is by donation. Lighthouse tours provide the opportunity to join a guide, climb the lighthouse tower and see the inside of a working lighthouse. Step outside to the balcony and take in some amazing views. Tours are available most days depending on staff and volunteer availability.
|Phone:||(02) 6620 9300|
|Address:||Cape Bryon Lighthouse, Tallow Beach Road, Bryon Bay, NSW, 2481, Australia|
Wollumbin National Park
The dominant peak of the Wollombin National Park, Wollumbin-Mount Warning is a sacred place to the Aboriginal community and is known as Wollumbin. It is a remnant central vent of an ancient volcano within the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Bundjalung Aboriginal people ask that you consider choosing not to climb the peak. Enjoy the lyrebird walk, a short trail through the ancient palms, vines and towering trees at the base of the peak.
|Phone:||(02) 6627 8600|
|Address:||Wollumbin National Park, Kyogle Road, Uki, NSW,|
Tweed River Art Gallery
Set high on a rural hilltop the Tweed River Art Gallery and cafe offer breathtaking views across the Tweed River and Mt Warning. A variety of exhibitions are presented in six spaces and range from contemporary to historical works, by national and regional artists. The gallery’s extensive collection of Australian portraits, prints and other works are always on display. There are also workshops and public programs. Open Wednesday to Sunday with easy access and parking – admission is free.
|Phone:||(02) 6670 2790|
|Address:||Tweed River Art Gallery, 2 Mistral Road, Murwillumbah, NSW, 2484, Australia|
Tweed Heads Historial Site
At Tweed Heads Historic Site you’ll find a cultural centre, museum and Minjungbal’s ceremonial site, offering an insight into local Aboriginal culture. A boardwalk and walking track run along the Ukerabagh Passage estuary, overlooking the nearby Ukerabagh Nature Reserve, and the local Goori people conduct guided tours.
|Phone:||(02) 6670 8600|
|Address:||Tweed Heads Historical Site, Kirkwood Road, Tweed Heads South, NSW,|
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
More Australian, More Natural, More Fun! Enjoy a fun day out with a chance to get close to over 1000 native Australian wildlife. Cuddle a koala or feed our friendly kangaroos and wild lorikeets. Experience one of the 13 daily shows including a Free Flight Bird Show, Australiana Sheep Shearing, Crocodile Feeding, Aboriginal Didgeridoo and Dance Performance or visit the Wildlife Hospital to see our vets in action. Upgrades are available for the Adventure Parc, an exhilarating treetop ropes course or join a guided Segway Safari tour.
Inclusions: general admission, daily shows including pelican & eel feeding, lorikeet feeding, Dr Do Lots and the Creature Teachers Show, Free Flight Bird Show, Australiana Sheep Shearing, Crocodile Behaviours & Feeding, Aboriginal Dance Show, Kangaroo Feeding and Miniature Train.
|Phone:||1300 886 511|
|Address:||Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin QLD 4223., QLD, 4223, Australia|