The Bunker Cartoon Gallery is Australia's first and only dedicated cartoon gallery. Its aim is to promote the art of cartooning and to exhibit and preserve Australia's history in cartooning form for the enjoyment of future generations.
Built in 1943 during World War 2, the underground bunker building was formerly the Base Operations Unit No.12 used by the RAAF and housed communication equipment necessary to help protect the nation.
Today the Bunker is the custodian of the Coffs Cartoon Collection consisting of over 20,000 cartoons from leading Australian and international cartoonists and its role, although very different to that of its wartime past, continues to be one of communicator and protector of Australia’s history, albeit in satirical form.
In 1995, Coffs City Rotary Club formed the Bunker Cartoon Gallery Inc. (BCGI) and raised over $350,000 via grants and support of the local community to restore the derelict bunker building. The Bunker Cartoon Gallery officially opened its doors as Australia’s first and only cartoon gallery on 24 August 1996.
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery was managed by the BCGI up until 2006. It then passed into the hands of the Coffs Harbour City Council. In July 2015 the management of the Bunker passed back to the BCGI with the ongoing support of Coffs Harbour City Council.
The Bunker has been the recipient of a number of awards including the distinguished Stanley Award presented by the ACA for outstanding contribution to cartooning and the 2002 and 2003 North Coast NSW Tourism Awards for Heritage and Culture.
The Gallery boasts a great team of volunteers who play an important part in the daily running Gallery, as well its future.
GENERAL ADMISSION*: $3 Adult, $2 Child (UNDER 5 FREE)
Open 7 days 10am -4 pm (excl. Christmas Day & Good Friday) John Champion Way (off City Hill Drive)
Coffs Harbour NSW AUSTRALIA Phone (02) 6651 7343
* Some major exhibitions may attract a higher entry fee