Although not renowned for its museums and historical references the Gold Coast actually surprises in this arena. While it can’t boast anything as spectacular as the Musee du Louvre or the Galleria Delgi Uffizi, there are a few culturally enriching sights and historical public places of interest that are well worth pursuing.
Open first Sunday every month 1pm to 5pm from March through to November. Based in the hinterland is the historic Rivermill at Mt. Nathan. These days Rivermill is used more as wedding venue but the small museum still remains and history lovers can get a feel of the good old days. The Beudesert Historical Museum has exhibits that include a Pioneer Cottage with horse-drawn vehicles and farm implements. The museum also has an information centre which houses a comprehensive display of maps, brochures and information for the Beudesert.
The Gold Coast War Museum in Mudgeeraba, is a war collectors paradise. Military items, armoury, guns, German and Nazi memorabilia are on show. The museum also sells a large range of collectables, from replica pistols and swords to medals and badges.
The Dick Johnson Racing Complex and Musuem in Stapylton showcases the daily operations of a real V8 Supercar team. The race museum also houses historic race cars and Dick Johnson classics.
For those wanting to know more about Aboriginal culture the Minjungbak Aboriginal Museum in Tweed Heads displays a collection of Aboriginal artifacts, art and history. T he, museum also contains an amphitheatre where a large number of cultural shows and performances are held.
The Yugambeh Museum in Beenleigh also explores Aboriginal history. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm.