Anniversary Day 2024

New Italy’s Anniversary Day celebrates the arrival in Sydney in 1881 of the Italian families who would later go on to form the New Italy settlement.

Through it we acknowledge the ongoing contributions of the Italian community to the Northern Rivers of NSW.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Let us know you are coming by reserving a table

Next on your 2024 social agenda is Historic New Italy’s Anniversary Day held in the recetly repaired New Italy Hall!

Free entry. Book a table by reply email or by giving me a call.

The ‘Amici’ food truck will be catering – no need to pre-order. NIMI will be doing a refreshement bar and coffee will be available from the Café.

Come and see what we have been up to: the revamped Hall, display development in the Pavilion, the Museum, My Belle Pantry wholefoods out the front – and more!

We will be remembering our friend Joe Testa with the planting of an olive tree.

It will be lovely to see you
Leonie et al at NIMI.

Another Visitor

This young man has been visiting us lately, several times a week. He must live nearby, but I’m not sure if he comes for the food or the music!

Site Works

There will be earthworks & tree felling at Historic New Italy from Monday 7th August 2023 onwards as we prepare to improve drainage around the Community Hall.

Areas will be cordoned off. Please remain outside the barriers. Access to the toilets and washroom will be via the piazza / Café.

Your cooperation will be much appreciated. Site Works

New Italy Museum


The New Italy Museum Complex stands within acreage that was once part of the original New Italy Settlement. We are on the Pacific Highway in Northern NSW, between Ballina and Yamba. Don’t drive past as we have excellent coffee and plenty to see.

Click here to learn more.

Hours of Operation

Tastes of New Italy Cafe
8am to 4pm, (kitchen closes at 2.30pm) every day.
(Public Holidays 10am to 3pm, Closed Christmas Day)

New Italy Museum and the Italian Pavilion
8am to 4pm, every day.
(Public Holidays 10am to 3pm, Closed Christmas Day)

Casa Vecchia Gift Shop
9.30am to 3.30pm everyday.

Glass Art Gallery
10am to 4pm, 7 days.

MyBelle Pantry
10am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday, Closed Mondays.

Come and visit us, we would love to see you.

(Updated 09-08-2023)

What's New?

The New Italy Community Hall is available for hire.

Get Involved

The New Italy Museum Complex is run by volunteers and is funded by sales from the Casa Vecchia Gift Shop and visitor donations. Membership fees also help us to continue to develop and improve the museum.

We gladly accept donations of items that are relevant to our museum, and of course financial contributions.

What our visitors are saying about us

  • I have been to New Italy several times and like the theme of their museum and shops. Good spot to rest for 30-45 minutes if heading to NSW or QLD.

    Arman Afsari Avatar Arman Afsari
    19 June 2022
  • Honestly intriguing stories and a great little explore. Had a wonderful brekky

    Tom Angove Avatar Tom Angove
    13 May 2022
  • I didn't know this place existed as I haven't driven along the highway for a long time. I passed it but glad I turned back to have a look. I suggest people make this place a stop when traveling along the highway. Added: I visited a second time it’s even better. I’ve added more pics.

    BulldogDynasty Avatar BulldogDynasty
    13 August 2022
  • Fantastic place. All done by volunteers. Hats off to you guys

    Len Nicholson Avatar Len Nicholson
    9 June 2021
  • I loved this museum! A jump in the past for who has got an Italian background. Really recommend! There is also a lovely shop! I had lasagna for lunch, small poece but worth the money spent! Go try it!

    Giordan Benigni Avatar Giordan Benigni
    19 June 2022
  • I didn't know this place existed as I haven't driven along the highway for a long time. I passed it but glad I turned back to have a look. I suggest people make this place a stop when traveling along the highway. Added: I visited a second time it’s even better. I’ve added more pics.

    BulldogDynasty2 Avatar BulldogDynasty2
    13 August 2022
  • Great place to stop for a break and to stretch my legs heading up to the Gold Coast. The museum was really interesting telling the story of the first settlers to the area. Loved the gift shop and the cafe had great coffee!

    Jewellery Store Avatar Jewellery Store
    24 August 2022
  • Great coffee stop with clean facilities and interesting Italian migrant stories and artefacts.

    Poh Ling LEE Avatar Poh Ling LEE
    1 August 2022
  • I didn't know this place existed as I haven't driven along the highway for a long time. I passed it but glad I turned back to have a look. I suggest people make this place a stop when traveling along the highway. Added: I visited a second time it’s even better. I’ve added more pics.

    BulldogsAndDolphins Avatar BulldogsAndDolphins
    13 August 2022
  • Interesting to check out & read up , on the history of New Italy & the pioneer families , in the local area .. within both of museums , at the recommended to explore - New Italy tourist attraction area & Pacific Highway Rest Stop Outside the museums .. are also some statues / sculptures & other tourist attraction to see There’s no entrance fee , into either museum area .. nevertheless , to help with the running cost of New Italy - there are donation boxes all over the area * there even a donation box next to the public toilets there 🙂

    Marty Avatar Marty
    16 May 2022
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