If you’ve got an hour or two to kill and perhaps it’s raining or it’s too hot to be walking around outside, I recommend you pay a visit to Coffs Harbour’s quirky Bunker Cartoon Gallery.
It’s a unique and funky little art gallery housed in an authentic, underground WWII bunker. It’s also Australia’s first and only dedicated cartoon gallery and has the largest collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere (22,000 works and counting).
All cartoons, caricatures and comic strips have been catalogued and are available in folders and as a digital, interactive display for viewing at your leisure.
Exhibitions – both from the gallery’s own collection and other artists – change regularly and include the Bald Archy Prize and Marnie Yeates’ Nature Photography exhibitions.
If you’re in for a chuckle and just something a bit different, the Bunker Cartoon Gallery is well worth a visit.
Essential info: Entry is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Friends of the Gallery ($10 per year) and children under 5 get free entry.
The gallery is open every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday, from 10am to 4pm. It’s located on John Champion Way, corner of Hogbin Drive and Albany Street (off the racecourse roundabout), just a few blocks from the Coffs Harbour CBD.
More information about the cartoons, the bunker’s history and the changing exhibitions is available on the Bunker Cartoon Gallery website and its Facebook page. Enjoy!