Trainworks Railway Museum Thirlmere

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Trainworks Railway Museum
10 Barbour Road
Tel: 02 4681 8001


TrainWorks has over 30 parking spots in front of the museum as well as plenty of free street parking on Barbour Road, including designated bays for disabled parking.

Where are we going today?

Choo Choo! All board - because the adventure is about to begin at Trainworks Railway Museum - and it's going to be quite a ride for the kids!

Trainworks Railway Museum is a great place for kids who LOVE locomotives, but also for those kids who love to explore, and love a ride!

Located on 5 hectares within the village of Thirlmere, Trainworks Railway Museum features a host of actual locomotives for the kids to get up close to, and they can learn all about history at the same time! The collection features actual steam engines, rolling stock and carriages from the 1900s, and even dating back to the 1800s too! 

The museum also features interactive and fascinating exhibits which will really give kids an insight into what life was like back in history, and also about science and how things work. They can operate an actual steam machine to learn all about how steam power works, or they can feel what it was like to be a prisoner in a prison van.

And what would a railway museum be without an actual train ride! Every Sunday the museum operates a Heritage Train ride where kids can actually climb aboard and explore the area in steam style!

If you have those active kids in the family, they can break up the day by climbing in the great adventure playground with a pretty cool 7m high climbing frame!

Don't forget to explore the Roundhouse too, as well as the Great Train Hall and Exhibition Building, where kids can discover some really cool thing, including some of the more interesting railway jobs!

So choo choo choose Trainworks Railway Museum for your next family day out - and go along for the ride!


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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15 train ride. $19 museum. $26 combo
  • Children$12 train ride. $11-$16 museum. $21-$23 combo
  • Free Under: 4 years but must sit on adults lap on train ride

When can we go?

10am - 4pm weekdays / 9am - 5pm weekends

Open 7 days a week, except Good Friday & Christmas Day

Teachers corner

Kids can learn the rail history of NSW at this largest showcase of locomotives! They have educational programs with guided tours to learn about the Australian colonies, past and present family life, and science!.

I'm Hungry!

The Trainworks Cafe has great lunch and snack options!.

Healthy Eating!

With over 10,000 square meters of lawns, TrainWorks is the perfect place to have a picnic. They have a BBQ for you to use too! The cafe also has vegetarian and gluten free options.

Any Top Tips?

The playground isn't sheltered so make sure you bring sun protection for the kids!.

Need a little extra help?

They have handicap accessible toilets in two places on-site, and a hearing aid loop in the theatrette. There is single level access to all areas - but not all locomotives, and ramp access to the Main Exhibition Building platform and the Roundhouse. Prams and wheelchairs will not fit through the doorways of the carriages in the Great Train Hall and some exhibits are accessible only by stairs. Nor will they fit onto carriages on Steam Train rides. However, a safe storage place will be provided and assistance to board the trains is always provided. .

Baby Facilities

There are baby-change tables located in two places on the grounds..

Can I get one of those?

Trainworks has a range of gifts available for every rail-fan in your life! From key-chains to tea-towels, and educational items, there will be something to check out!.

More information

A family pass is for 2 adults and up to 4 childrens.

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