16Buildings & Places

The Pioneers Place

Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum

Year Built"Nerang Railway Station 1889 Okey House 1930s Tallebudgera Jail 1884 Franklin House 1956"
Opening Hours10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Photography PermittedYes
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238 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba

Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum was established in 2001 by pioneering families who shared a vision to preserve the history of the region.

The first building on the site, Oakey House, uses timber from the Hampshire Terrace Hotel. Franklin House (built 1956), Tallebudgera Jail (1884), and Nerang Railway Station (1889) have been moved, reconstructed and renovated. A slab hut, a dairy and blacksmith’s shop can be found on site. A big shed houses a replica pioneer tent home, a grocery store, a butcher’s shop as well as tools and implements used by the pioneers.

This is wonderful place to visit to discover how the hinterland developed and how the pioneers lived in a bygone era.


  • Bookings not required. Self-guided tours of the grounds with casual building tours.
  • Some but not all buildings are accessible.

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