Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc (detail). Photo: Catherine Elek.

Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc

The Gold Coast Historical Society was established in 1972 and is set amongst tranquil gardens of a remnant littoral rainforest and Wallum garden.

Useful information

8 Elliott St, Surfers Paradise, QLD


Gift shop
Café / refreshments
Disabled access
Accessible toilets
Guided tours by request

Opening hours

Tuesday9am – 1pm
Wednesday9am – 1pm
Sunday10am – 3pm

More information about Gold Coast Historical Museum Inc

The site was originally an Aboriginal gathering place and then a cemetery for pioneer Bundall Sugar Mill workers.

Spend time in the John Elliott Building which houses a treasure-trove of local history items, such as Cable Station equipment which was in operation from 1902; the Paula Stafford Bikini Collection worn in the 1950s; items from the Scottish Prince which was wrecked off Stradbroke Island 1887; and over one thousand photographs, newspapers, maps and development plans of the Gold Coast area.

Wander through the Steam Engines Building and Dolan’s Barn which houses machinery and tools from early timber cutter days and agriculture; visit the Early Settlers cottage and the Vincent Sheldon Art Studio.

Or just join our lovely volunteers for a cuppa and a chat.

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