Byron Bay and beyond

A network of country roads makes it easy to experience the sun-drenched delights at the northern tip of NSW.  Like all of the Northern Rivers, Tweed is populated by quirky rural communities and quaint towns immersed in a vibrant culture of music, art, creativity and a sense of adventure.

Along the coast, you’ll find uncrowded beaches, legendary surf and a famous landmark: the Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum. The museum offers visitors insight into the days before fully-automated lighthouses became the norm and lightkeepers made sure the coast was safe for shipping.

A little detour inland will take you to the unmissable Lismore Regional Gallery. The gallery also has an active offsite program, including an ongoing collaboration with Splendour in the Grass. Be sure to check out the whats-on on to make theh most of your trip.

Travel north and turn off to Mullumbimby where you’ll find Mullumbimby Museum, housed in the first Post Office. In this treasure trove of history you’ll find hundreds of reminders from when it was built in 1907. The Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays for limited hours–if you don't want to miss this gem, make sure you check the opening hours ahead.

Continue up the Pacific Highway, turn west and follow the Tweed River until you reach Murwillumbah. Here you’ll find two of the gems at the tip of NSW.

The Tweed River Regional Museum is one Museum in three special locations; Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Uki. Spanning the Shire from the coast to the mountains, the branches of Tweed River Regional Museum are a unique journey into the history, people and places of the majestic Tweed Valley.

The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre is surrounded by beautiful gardens and lawns and offers panoramic views of the Tweed River. While there you might like to participate in the Gallery’s exciting variety of public events, concerts, demonstrations and workshops.

Take the opportunity to embrace the artistic spirit of Tweed by following the cultural touring route combining leading art galleries and museums with historical sites and hidden treasures.

Finally, travel further north until you’re almost on the border of NSW and Queensland. Located at South Tweed Heads, Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located within the Tweed Heads historic site, which adjoins the Ukerebagh Nature Reserve. The staff here preserve and protect the significant cultural heritage of the area so all people can explore and enjoy the beauty of the native coastal bushland environment.

Learn how the Aboriginals lived in what was virtually a paradise, explore the natural surroundings and see an authentic bora ring - a sacred ceremonial site. Finish your day with a picnic or barbecue using the centre’s facilities.

To find out about the range of accomodation and other experiences Northern Rivers has to offer go to Visit NSW.

For the full cultural snapshot go to Arts Northern Rivers.


Museums & Galleries of NSW helps small-medium museums, galleries and Aboriginal cultural centres create exciting experiences for visitors and, through this, thriving local NSW communities. We don't run museums, galleries and cultural centres but we care about those who do. We develop their skills, connect them with others in the industry, provide funding, point visitors their way, and give them access to ground-breaking exhibitions.

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