Gumbaynggirr Nation | Settlers | Sawyers | Seafarers

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Headland Museum

Discover the fascinating history of the Nambucca Valley from its early days.

The Nambucca Headland Museum displays a comprehensive collections of item documenting the history of the Nambucca Valley and its people. Photographs, documents and artifacts relating to Gumbaynggirr culture, early timber settlers, the seafaring industry and early Australian settlement. Come and discover the fascinating history of ‘The Royal Tar’ expedition to Paraguay, displays showcasing Gumbaynggirr people, old photos and family history and remnants of days gone by.

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What's to see at our Museum


See history of the Gumbayniggirr Nation in photographs and tools used to live and thrive for thousands of years.


Many vessels have run around trying to negotiate the treacherous Nambucca River, come and see our photos.


Discover the characters and larakins of the pioneering timber industry, their struggle and hard work which shaped us today.


Battling the environment, overcoming adversity and shaping our small town, find out how our first settlers help make us.

Opening hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2.00pm to 4.00pm or by appointment.
(02) 6569 4353

Birthplace of Nippers

Just one of our many fascinating local stories – Nambucca Heads was the birthplace of Surf Lifesaving Saving Australia’s Nippers movement. In 1961, the local SLSC founded the initiative following a terrible year where many youngsters were taken out to sea.

First Nambucca then the world! Now over 63,000 kids participate in the program with over 100 nippers signing up locally.

What People are Saying

Here's what visitors say about our local museum.
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Find your
Local Connection

Are you related to a Nambucca Head's pioneer, do you want to find out your past connections with our town?

We have a group of dedicated volunteers who can track and trace your heritage through our local resources. Research their lives, find out the truth of your lineage. You never know what you might find out about your family history!

Talk to our researchers or sent us an email so we can start connecting the dots. We charge a small fee of $?? for undertaking an extensive look into your family background. Which includes any photographs and information we have found emailed directly to you.


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