Beyond the blissful beach visits and outdoor adventures the Coffs Coast is best-known for, you’ll find a thriving arts scene and culturally diverse community.
The region’s active creative sector is reflected in a vast range of offerings when it comes to galleries, artistic collections, theatre, film festivals and exhibits. From the one-of-a-kind cartoon gallery, to a museum dedicated to Sikh heritage there’s a Coffs Coast arts destination to suit all ages and interests.
SIKH HERITAGE MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA
Opposite the grand Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Woolgoolga’s River Street, this museum was established in 2019 and is dedicated to Sikh heritage. It aims to encourage a better understanding of Sikh traditions, history, spirituality and identity.
Step inside for an insight into how the first Sikhs came to call Woolgoolga home in the 1890s and immerse yourself in this fascinating culture. The collection also details the vital role the Sikh people played in our ANZAC history, celebrates Victoria Cross recipients, and displays musical instruments and weaponry such as spears, shields and swords.
National Cartoon Gallery
A unique experience that is sure to make you smile, The National Cartoon Gallery is Australia’s first and only exhibition space dedicated to cartoons and cartooning. Formerly known as The Bunker Gallery, collections are housed in an authentic World War II bunker. This has been converted to a modern, larger exhibition space that also includes a theaterette and restaurant.
Housing the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the southern hemisphere, you can also enjoy curated and touring exhibitions. Or time your visit with a workshop, performance, film night or event regularly hosted here. The gallery is also well-known for its Annual Rotary Cartoon Awards, which features more than 24,000 cartoons from artists around Australia.
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
The Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery presents a changing program of inspiring exhibitions with local, regional and national significance, and a range of public programs to fuel your creativity.
Home to the biennial Still: National Still Life Award, the gallery has brought a contemporary perspective to this enduring genre by inviting Australian artists to enter works in all mediums. The gallery curators bring exciting touring exhibitions to the city while also showcasing the work of local artists.
Jetty Memorial Theatre
This ever-popular venue, dating from 1928, delivers an appealing blend of live performances and other great entertainment. From world-class artists to emerging talent and home-grown performers, the season calendar is packed with local and touring stage shows, dance, music, independent films and more. Original art-deco features, superb acoustics and an intimate atmosphere make for a special day or evening out. Wheelchair accessible, the theatre also has a loop system for the hearing impaired.
The Jetty Memorial Theatre is also home to Screenwave International Film Festive (SWIFF), Coffs Coast’s very own annual celebration of film. Now in its sixth year, SWIFF sees more than 120 feature film sessions screened, attracting film lovers from around the country.
Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
Stepping back in time can offer a wonderfully fresh perspective, making the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum the perfect place to discover more.
Hear Gumbaynggirr stories, read about pioneers of the area’s original industries, learn the significance of our maritime history and discover intriguing artefacts. With a mix of static and interactive displays, a visit here will inform and delight the whole family.
There’s so much more including the coffs harbour regional conservatorium as the region’s hub for classical music. As well as showcasing local students, the venue hosts many performances, including the popular Sunday Concert Series.