Places Of Local Significance - Here's Three Not To Miss

See what life was like - Mudgeeraba Lighthorse Museum and the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum

  • Mudgeeraba Lighthorse Museum

Dedicated to the preservation of the Australian Light Horse Regiment’s history, the museum aims to provide an authentic picture of the time as experienced by soldiers and their families.

The Museum is also headquarters for the Mudgeeraba Troop 14th Australian Light Horse Regiment. Historically, the Troop has been involved with local and regional agricultural shows, ANZAC Day parades, and with providing demonstrations of their award-winning skill at arms and tent pegging.

The farmhouse and outbuildings lie on land which in the 1850s was part of the 25 square mile pastoral run and operated as a dairy farm.

The Museum’s collection contains many hundreds of articles of significance to the Australian Light Horse – their men and their horses.   One major part is the Laver Collection (one Light Horseman’s assemblage of memorabilia).  The barn houses another major focus of the collection – a horse mannequin “Woody the Waler”, military saddlery, maps, uniforms and battle artefacts relevant to the Australian Light Horse as well as paraphernalia of other military units.

The Museum is open every Sunday between 11 am and 3 pm and by appointment for schools and tour groups at 8 Worongary Road, Mudgeeraba.

More info:

Watch the Mudgeeraba Lighthorse story here.

  • Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum Inc

This Museum is a living/working place, where every activity of a pioneer family's day that it is possible to re-create, is on show.  

There are several historically significant buildings on site - Okey House, Franklin house, Nerang Railway Station, a Cream Shed, and Tallebudgera Jailhouse. In addition, there is a dairy, blacksmith's shop, and a slab hut. 

The ‘Blokes Big Shed’ houses a multitude of pioneering memorabilia as well as a replica of a Gold Coast Hinterland pioneer’s home - “Home Sweet Home” campsite - set up at one end of the shed.

‘Friends of the Museum’ was established in 2003 to enable anyone who shares an interest in preserving the history of our region to participate.

The Museum is open on Sundays from 10.00 am – 2.00 pm at 238 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba.

More info:

  • Gold Coast War Museum

Founded in 1975, the museum has grown to one of the largest collections of militaria in Australia with a creatively displayed variety of military vehicles (tanks, APC's, Jeeps, Artillery), aircraft (winged and rotary), weapons (from daggers and pistols to heavy machine guns) and uniforms etc.

The display includes ranges from ancient times through the Boer War, World Wars 1 and 2 and deployments made by ADF and items from many other conflicts and nations. It offers very rich and informative displays loaded with gear and is curated by actual veterans (who can guide and describe these items in great detail, if in attendance).
This is an amazing private collection and probably the best you will ever see. It is great for anyone with an interest in anything military and also hosts personalised guided tours for groups and schools who can immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and experiences of the Anzacs and their foes throughout the ages.  But give yourself plenty of time as on each lap you’ll continue to discover things you didn’t previously notice!

The Gold Coast War Museum complex includes the War Museum itself, The Collector’s Armoury and Skirmish Gold Coast.  The Museum is open Monday - Saturday from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm at 42 John Rodgers Road, Mudgeeraba.

More info: