What’s on cal

Sep
27
Sun
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Sep 27 @ 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.

Model Park Railway – Mini Train Rides | Luddenham@ Sydney Society of Model Engineers
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Model Park Railway - Mini Train Rides | Luddenham @ Sydney Society of Model Engineers | Luddenham | New South Wales | Australia

Model Park has an extensive miniature railway system, with over 1200m of ground level track. It goes up and down hills, across bridges and through a tunnel.

The mini trains operate on the last Sunday of the month (except December) from 10am to 3pm. There’s an entry fee to the park, with it being $15 for a car, and there’s other prices if you arrive by foot ($8). Plus train rides are $3 each for everyone.

There’s also a playground, BBQs, picnic tables and shelters, slot cars, remote control boats, planes and cars at Model Park which you can use on open days.

NOTE: It’s cash only, there’s no credit card facilities.

Oct
4
Sun
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista@ Bella Vista Farm
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista @ Bella Vista Farm | Bella Vista | New South Wales | Australia

Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE.

  • Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family picnic lunch to enjoy.
  • Explore the homestead and farm buildings.
  • Volunteers from the friends of Bella Vista farm are available to chat and answer any question about the Farm and its history.
  • Browse the Free Spirit Markets and enjoy coffee and a barbecue.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Oct 4 @ 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.

Oct
10
Sat
Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society Public Running Day@ Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society
Oct 10 @ 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
Oct 10 @ 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.
Oct
11
Sun
Galston Valley Railway Public Running Days@ Galston Valley Railway
Oct 11 @ 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
Oct 11 @ 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.

Oct
18
Sun
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Oct 18 @ 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.

Oct
25
Sun
Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Oct 25 @ 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.

Model Park Railway – Mini Train Rides | Luddenham@ Sydney Society of Model Engineers
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Model Park Railway - Mini Train Rides | Luddenham @ Sydney Society of Model Engineers | Luddenham | New South Wales | Australia

Model Park has an extensive miniature railway system, with over 1200m of ground level track. It goes up and down hills, across bridges and through a tunnel.

The mini trains operate on the last Sunday of the month (except December) from 10am to 3pm. There’s an entry fee to the park, with it being $15 for a car, and there’s other prices if you arrive by foot ($8). Plus train rides are $3 each for everyone.

There’s also a playground, BBQs, picnic tables and shelters, slot cars, remote control boats, planes and cars at Model Park which you can use on open days.

NOTE: It’s cash only, there’s no credit card facilities.

Nov
1
Sun
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista@ Bella Vista Farm
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bella Vista Farm Open Day and Markets | Bella Vista @ Bella Vista Farm | Bella Vista | New South Wales | Australia

Bella Vista Farm opens its doors on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9am to 2pm to the general public for FREE.

  • Relax in the peaceful grounds of the Farm or bring a family picnic lunch to enjoy.
  • Explore the homestead and farm buildings.
  • Volunteers from the friends of Bella Vista farm are available to chat and answer any question about the Farm and its history.
  • Browse the Free Spirit Markets and enjoy coffee and a barbecue.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Australiana Pioneer Village | Wilberforce@ Australian Pioneer Village
Nov 1 @ 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.

Nov
8
Sun
Galston Valley Railway Public Running Days@ Galston Valley Railway
Nov 8 @ 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.