Tweed Heads Historic Site

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Overview

Experience Aboriginal cultural heritage at Tweed Heads Historic Site and Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Visit sacred Aboriginal sites and enjoy some easy walking.

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Tweed Heads Historic Site and Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre offer relaxing experiences among nature and authentic ways to learn about local Aboriginal culture. It’s only a short drive from popular holiday destinations like the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Visit the cultural centre, see the museum displays and listen to Aboriginal guides talk about their history and culture and the significance of sacred Aboriginal sites like the ceremonial Bora Ring. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see Bora Ring for yourself via Walk on Water walking track.

Get up close with the fish while on the wheelchair-accessible boardwalk, then wander back and enjoy a relaxing picnic surrounded by Aboriginal culture at the Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

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Contact

  • in the North Coast region
  • Tweed Heads Historic Site is always open, but Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is open 10am-3pm Monday to Thursday.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Tweed Heads Historic Site.

Getting there and parking

From Tweed Heads:

  • 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.

Parking

  • Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre See on map

By bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

By public transport

Tweed Heads Historic Site is accessible by bus, then a short walk from the bus stop at Tweed City Shopping Centre. For information about public transport options, visit the NSW country transport info website

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

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus 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).

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

Tweed Heads (4 km)

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

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Murwillumbah (29 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.

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Byron Bay (63 km)

Byron Bay is Australia's easternmost town and 'style capital' of the North Coast. It's a place of outstanding natural beauty, set against lush volcanic hills.

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Learn more

Tweed Heads Historic Site is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

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.

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

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.

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.

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What we're doing

Tweed Heads Historic Site has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.