Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Tweed Heads Historic Site

Overview

Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is an ideal school excursion or day trip for learning about Aboriginal culture. Listen to Aboriginal guides and enjoy a picnic.

Type
Visitor centres
Where
17 Kirkwood Road, Tweed Heads South, NSW, 2486 - in Tweed Heads Historic Site
Accessibility
Easy
Price

Admission is $15 for adults. $7.50 for concession card holders.

Opening times

Monday to Thursday, 10am to 3pm.

For a unique insight into Aboriginal culture, you can’t miss Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. It’s a popular destination for school excursions and perfect for those looking to learn about local Aboriginal culture.

Run by the area’s Aboriginal community, it’s a popular meeting place for Goori people and other Aboriginal peoples. You’ll find museum exhibits, informative videos, Aboriginal art, and you may even be lucky to see traditional dance and song on the outdoor performance area.

Aboriginal tour guides offer tours through the museum and site, telling you about its relics, plants and animals. Hear how Aboriginal life was when this area was an untouched paradise of natural forest and mangroves, before learning about the cultural significance of Bora Ring, which you can see on Walk on Water walking track.

Pack a picnic, or cook up a storm on the barbecue, and enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the trees while you immerse yourself in local culture.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Getting there and parking

Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is at the main entrance of Tweed Heads Historic Site.

To get there:

  • Turn onto Minjungbal Drive at South Tweed Heads from Pacific Highway
  • Turn right into Kirkwood Road, near Tweed City Shopping Centre, then continue to the car park at the end of the road before it turns right into Davey Street.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available at Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, including several designated disabled spots.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Tweed Heads Historic Site. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Great time for walking, with less mosquitos and lots of butterflies to see. Look out for the vivid blues of the blue triangle or blue mangrove butterflies.

Summer

Get away from the holiday crowds, and instead enjoy walking along the boardwalk and learning about Aboriginal culture.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

18°C and 30°C

Highest recorded

42.9°C

Winter temperature

Average

8°C and 22°C

Lowest recorded

-1.4°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

February

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

820.4mm

Facilities

Amenities

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Picnic tables

Barbecue facilities

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

Carpark

Drinking water

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

This area is fully wheelchair-accessible.

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Nearby towns

Murwillumbah (27 km)

Murwillumbah is rich dairy, sugar cane and banana country. It's located on the banks of the Tweed River and set in the Tweed River Valley against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills.

www.visitnsw.com

South Tweed Heads (10 km)

A network of country roads makes it easy to explore The Tweed. Admire the unspoiled beauty of Fingal Beach, south of Tweed Heads, and follow the trail to the headland and Fingal Lighthouse.

www.visitnsw.com

Tweed Heads (16 km)

Tweed Heads features endless surfing, beaches and waterways. It is the northernmost town on the NSW coast.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is in Tweed Heads Historic Site. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A place of diverse landscapes

Boardwalk, Tweed Head Historic Site. Photo: OEH

Tweed Heads Historic Site includes a diversity of coastal vegetation in a relatively small area. You'll also see the sea grass beds that make this an important fish breeding habitat and the open grasslands of salt couch between the tide lines. Near the cultural centre, you'll see eucalypt forests and woodlands, but wander along Walk on Water walking track and you'll see swamp forests with broad-leaved paperbark and swamp she-oaks. On the boardwalk, you'll see one of the most diverse mangrove communities in NSW.

Packed with life

Boardwalk, Tweed Head Historic Site. Photo: OEH

In summer, look out for clusters of small yellow flowers on the grey mangroves in Tweed Heads Historic Site. This is a great place to step into a natural world and get up close with the animals. At high tide, you can stand on the boardwalk and watch shoals of fish swimming among the mangroves. You'll find unique butterflies such as blue triangle, black jezebel and endangered blue mangrove butterfly. For birdwatchers, the forests and waterways at Tweed Heads provide plenty of birdwatching opportunities. You'll see shorebirds and waders like the greater egret and royal spoonbill on Walk on Water walking track, particularly at low tide. You might also spot mangrove kingfishers and honeyeaters.

Rich Aboriginal culture

Boardwalk, Tweed Head Historic Site. Photo: OEH

It is believed that local Goori people have been living in Tweed Valley for at least 6,000 years. The ceremonial Bora Ring you'll see on Walk on Water walking track provides a glimpse into ancient traditions and important Aboriginal ceremonies. Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre also provides evidence of and information on the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, both past and living. It's a popular meeting place for Goori people and the wider Aboriginal community and offers visitors an authentic insight into many aspects of Aboriginal culture.

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Tweed Head Historical Site, Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Photo: NSW Government