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Jul
11
Sat
Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society Public Running Day@ Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society
Jul 11 @ 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society Public Running Day @ Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society | Bankstown | New South Wales | Australia

Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society operate a miniature 5″ gauge live steam railway, which is located at Ruse Park, Hoskins Avenue, Bankstown. Their Public Running Day is the 2nd Saturday of each month (except January). Members start their locos at approximately 10:30am and steam until about 2:30pm.

There is a variety of locomotives, including live steam, battery-powered and petrol engine locomotives, and yes we do give rides

Enclosed shoes please – no open toes. Steam trains, electric trains & diesel train rides for little kids and big kids. A fun day out!

Dairy Precinct Tours | Parramatta Park@ Parramatta Park
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dairy Precinct Tours | Parramatta Park @ Parramatta Park | North Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Going on a Dairy Precinct Tour is your chance to explore one of Australia’s oldest buildings, rarely seen until now. Parramatta Park Trust runs the guided tours on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 12pm, and by appointment.

Built in 1796, the Dairy Cottage was home to George Salter, an ex-convict turned cattleman. It later became part of Governor Macquarie’s Domain, now on the World Heritage list. In the early 1800s, the cottage was enlarged and converted to a dairy with a sunken milk-processing room constructed alongside.  The milk room still remains today and can be viewed beneath the adjacent Ranger’s Cottage.

You will be able to see Parramatta Park story unfold in a brand-new audio-visual exhibition inside these two important historic buildings.

It’s a fascinating glimpse into our colonial past and Parramatta’s significant Aboriginal history.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Interpretive displays recreating the life of dairy workers in the 1800s
  • Audio-visual history of World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park and the Dairy precinct
  • Artefact displays
  • Newly restored 19th century cottage gardens and sounds scapes.

Keep in Mind

  • Due to the historic nature of The Dairy Precinct, there is uneven surfaces inside the Dairy and Rangers Cottages and surrounding gardens, paths and entries that may cause trips, slips or falls.
  • A number of areas in the Dairy Precinct have limited accessibility.  If you have special access requirements, please contact the Trust on 02 98957500 prior to booking.
Jul
12
Sun
Galston Valley Railway Public Running Days@ Galston Valley Railway
Jul 12 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

The Galston Valley Railway is open to the public on the second Sunday of every month. Come along and enjoy a train ride with the kids, or just watch the trains go by! You can also watch the trains on the model railway.

  • Gates open at 9:30 – rides from 10 am to 3 pm (but they may finish earlier if there are very few people left or the weather turns bad).Galston Valley Railway
  • Trains run continually throughout the day. They generally have a mix of steam and “diesel” (i.e. petrol or electric) locomotives.
  • Wet weather? Our running day will only be cancelled if there is steady rain at Galston in the morning. We will usually run if the weather is showery. A decision will be made by about 9:30 am. If you want to get the latest information on the day, please call us on 9653 1630 after 9:30 am.
  • Hot weather. Our running day will also be cancelled if the forecast (for Parramatta) indicates that the day will be 40 °C or more.

Please note that in the event of a Total Fire Ban, the DIY BBQs will be unavailable and only “diesel” locomotives will be running (no steam). However, the sausage sandwich stall will still be open.

Open Days

Here are the public running days for the next 12 months:

  • December 8th 2019
  • January 12th 2020
  • February 9th 2020
  • March 8th 2020
  • April 12th 2020
  • May 10th 2020
  • June 14th 2020
  • July 12th 2020
  • August 9th 2020
  • September 13th 2020
  • October 11th 2020
  • November 8th 2020

Facilities

On Public Running Days, there are:

  • Picnic tables (sorry – no bookings taken, gates open at 9:30am)
  • Sausage Sandwich Stall between 12 noon and 1:30pm
  • DIY barbeques – these are wood fired (wood supplied) but please bring your own matches, firelighters and BBQ tools etc. The DIY barbeques will be unavailable if there is a total fire ban
  • Tap water is available throughout the picnic areas
  • Canteen selling tea & coffeee, cold drinks, ice creams & lollies
  • Display of small stationary models
  • Garden gauge model railway display
  • Miniature Traction Engine rides (on some days)
  • Male & female toilets (sorry – no disabled facility)

Please note that our site has steps – if you bring a pram or stroller it will be necessary to carry it up & down steps.

Tickets

  • Site entry for adults is $10 (sorry, no concessions), and this includes on train ride.
  • Site entry for accompanied children is free
  • Rides are $2.50 per person (any age*)
  • There are now EFTPOS facilities for entry and ride tickets.

Please note that rides for toddlers are available only if the child is old enough to sit on a seat, self supported. Babes in arms cannot be carried on trains.

Safety and Sensibility

All train passengers must wear fully enclosed footwear – not sandals or thongs! Please don’t be disappointed! Appropriate footwear reduces the risk of injury! We suggest you wear older clothes when visiting us. We cannot be responsible for damage to clothing or personal property caused when visiting our bushland venue and / or riding on trains.

Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce @ Australian Pioneer Village | Wilberforce | New South Wales | Australia

The Australiana Pioneer Village will absorb you into the atmosphere and activities of life over 200 years ago. Come and visit this slower lifestyle. Read more about our recent visit here.

The Australiana Pioneer Village is a true monument to the pioneering days that bred within us, the spirit of courage and faith in ourselves and our country. The land on which Australiana Pioneer Village is situated was farmland recognised as essential to the survival of colonial New South Wales being one of the earliest grants made in Australia. Due to Bill McLachlan’s vision and The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village, the Village has been preserved for our future generations, an almost forgotten era. In 2004 the Village buildings were gazetted for listing on the NSW Heritage register which was granted.  The buildings will forever now be protected.

There are a range of activities to do while visiting the village, including the miniature trains ($3 per ride for 3yrs+), watching the blacksmith working, going on a horse and carriage ride ($4 per person) and seeing a shearing demonstration. There are also plenty of places to picnic and lots for the kids to explore.

Opening Hours

The Village is open every Sunday, public holiday mondays (except Anzac Day) and
Tuesday and Wednesday during school holidays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Riding the Rails | Newington Armory@ Newington Armory
Jul 12 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Riding the Rails | Newington Armory @ Newington Armory | Sydney Olympic Park | New South Wales | Australia

On every Sunday, Riding the Rails takes visitors on a 30min train ride around part of the former Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot, on a train once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2 munitions. With snippets of commentary from on-board tour guides, Riding the Rails takes you past buildings dating back to the 1890s, including explosives storehouses and workshops, cottages, and a wharf.

And make sure to have a play at the fab Blaxland Riverside Park while you are there!

Tickets for Riding the Rails can be purchased on the day at the Armory Visitor Centre (located near the main entrance to Newington Armory).

11.00am, 11.30am, 12 noon, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm

  • Cost: $5 for all passengers. Children under 3: free if seated on an adult’s lap; if seated on chair, $5
  • Tickets/Bookings: Purchase tickets on the day at the Armory Visitor Centre
  • Age: All Ages
  • More info: Call 02 9714 7888

Jul
13
Mon
[SUSPENDED] Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Telopea@ Sturt Park
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Sturt Park in Telopea on Mondays from 9am to 11am. It starts back in 2020 on 2nd February.

Sturt Park Telopea

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule for term 1, 2020:

playgroup nsw play van parramatta

Jul
14
Tue
[SUSPENDED] Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits North Parramatta@ Sherwin Park
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Sherwin Park in North Parramatta on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am, starting back in 2020 on 28th January.

Sherwin Park North Parramatta

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Here’s the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule for term 1, 2020:

playgroup nsw play van parramatta

Toddler Tuesday | Winston Hills Mall@ Winston Hills Mall
Jul 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join Clown Sparkles with FREE Face Painting, Fun and Games on the second Tuesday of every month (exc. school holidays) from 10am – 2pm in the play area at Winston Hills Mall. It’s FREE for everyone to enjoy!

The kiddies will love the play area in the food court, particularly the interactive projector floor games. The parents will love the great range of coffee and food options, amenities near by, family seating and one entry / exit point to the playground to make supervision easy!

Winston Hills Mall

Tiny Tots Tuesday | Wenty Leagues@ Wenty Leagues
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tiny Tots Tuesday | Wenty Leagues @ Wenty Leagues | Wentworthville | New South Wales | Australia

Tiny tots Tuesday takes place each week at Wenty Leagues, at a new time of 11am to 2pm. There is a different activity each week.

MARCH

  • 3 | Brick Building Workshop
    It’s time to get those construction caps on and build your own city
  • 10 | Wizard Party
    Abra kadabra! Join us this week for a whacky and wild wizard party!
  • 17 | Jack Sharp the Magician
    Your favourite magician is back for some magical fun and games
  • 24 | Build a Bug
    Assemble your very own creepy creature to take home whilst learning about insects, recycling and much more!
  • 31 | Under The Sea Party
    Dress up as your favourite underwater creature as we dive deep into an under the sea party!
Jul
15
Wed
[SUSPENDED] Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Harris Park@ Rosella Park
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Rosella Park in Harris Park on Wednesdays from 9am to 11am. It starts back in 2020 on 29th January.

Rosella Park
Rosella Park

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule for term 1, 2020:

playgroup nsw play van parramatta

[SUSPENDED] Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde@ Anzac Park, West Ryde
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.

Jul
18
Sat
Newington Pop Up Markets | Newington Marketplace@ Newington Market Place
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Newington Pop Up Markets | Newington Marketplace @ Newington Market Place | Newington | New South Wales | Australia

EAT, DRINK, SHOP and PLAY at the Newington Pop Up Markets. With fine foods, gorgeous jewellery and homewares, fashionable kids-wear, kid’s activities and more they’ll be something the whole family can enjoy. And you can take the kids across the road to Pierre de Coubertin Park for a play. Or walk around to the newer Cumberland Park nature playground.

  • When: Every third Saturday of the month
  • Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Parking: 2 hours Free on grade parking is available.
  • Who’s there: We have regular vendors who are with us month to month (which we love!) but we also like to spice things up with new and exciting stall holders.
[SUSPENDED] Mini Trains | West Ryde@ Mini Trains
Jul 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mini Trains West Ryde is a fantastic, affordable event for all families. Based in West Ryde, just behind Coles, it isn’t too far from the Parramatta region.

West Ryde Mini Trains
Looking down from the overpass

The Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society was formed in 1948 on its present site. They open on the third Saturday afternoon of each month from 1.30pm to around 4.30pm.

West Ryde Mini Trains

They have three miniature railways and offer rides on trains hauled by miniature steam locomotives. The park grounds are a popular location for children’s birthday parties or small group afternoon gatherings. For the enthusiast, it is a good spot to just lie back and watch those steam trains work hard pulling heavily loaded passenger trains.

West Ryde Mini Trains

  • They have a kiosk which sells drinks, ice cream, cakes, chips, etc.
  • Entry is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Rides are $2 each for all ages UPDATED: August 2018.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You must wear enclosed shoes in order to ride the trains.

Other Things Nearby

West Ryde Library

Jul
19
Sun
Nurragingy Miniature Railway | Doonside@ Nurragingy Reserve
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

After years of planning and work, Nurragingy Miniature Railway opened on Sunday 17th November. It runs on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am until 3pm.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway

  • Train rides are $3 each with passengers under 3 years of age requiring a paying adult over 18 years of age to accompany them.
  • You MUST wear fully enclosed shoes to be able to ride the rails.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway

Unfortunately there isn’t any signage at the moment and unless you know Nurragingy Reserve well, it can be hard to find. The railway is west of the water playground (which is behind the waterfall), along the green Parklands track just past the Magpie Picnic Area. We recommend going left at the roundabout when you enter Nurragingy Reserve and parking near the water playground and then walking over to the railway.

Nurragingy Miniature Railway