Channel Heritage Centre

Top choice in The Southeast

This fabulous community-owned museum on the roadside just south of central Margate is well worth a stop. A series of intimate, passionately curated display spaces shines a light on local history, covering (among other things) Aboriginal culture, forestry, boating, fishing, whaling, schooling, toys, bushfires and military and migrant history. And check out the amazing collection of 700-plus cameras! An outstanding little museum.

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5. Tinderbox Marine Reserve

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