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EVERY MONTH

steam trains at Thirlmere
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STEAM TRAIN SUNDAY

Enjoy one of the largest collections of steam engines, carriages and freight wagons at the Museum & take a ride on a heritage train on the loop line between Buxton & Thirlmere villages each Sunday from March to November.

For more information phone (02) 4681 8001. See the website for details of fares etc.

NSW Rail Museum, Barbour Road, Thirlmere

Wollondilly Heritage Centre
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WOLLONDILLY HERITAGE CENTRE TOURS

Tour the Centre and learn about the unique history of the shire. The Heritage Centre has a large collection of artefacts and an extensive range of photos and documents recording local and family histories and a reference library.

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm every weekend and Public Holiday.

For more information phone: (02) 4657 1796 - email: history@oaksheritagecentre.com

Edward Street, The Oaks

JULY 2017

3 -18 JUL: NAIDOC WEEK

Various activities throughout the shire with a family picnic day at Picton Park and a cultural show at Couridjah.

For more information phone (02) 4681 0059

9 JUL: BRIDAL EXPO

Annual expo. Admission free with free drinks and canapes on arrival. Lots of stalls everything bridal.

Open 10.00am - 2.00pm.

Belgenny Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden South.

Thomas the tank Engine
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29 - 30 JUL: A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Fun day for kids - young and old! Meet Thomas and the Fat Controller. Mini train and steam train rides, movies, kids activities, and entry to the museum. Refreshments and BBQ facilities available or have a picnic on the lawn.

For more information phone (02) 4681 8001. Tickets should be booked in advance from the website.

NSW Rail Museum, Barbour Road, Thirlmere

AUGUST 2017

Belgenny Farm
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5 AUG: HISTORY SHOWCASE

Belgenny Farm presents a showcase of local family and history resources on the first Wednesday in August. It is a chance to come along, tour the site, enjoy a Devonshire Tea in the tea rooms and talk to local history groups and family history associations.

This is an opportunity to delve into your own family tree and learn about where to look for further information.

For more information and bookings phone (02) 4654 6800.

Belgennny Farm, Camden Park.

6 AUG: BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Enjoy breakfast at the cafe then walk the bush trail. Cost $10.00 per person.

Open 900am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remebrance Drive, Bargo.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Belgenny Farm
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2 SEP: FATHERS DAY AT BELGENNY FARM

A day out for Dad and all the family.

Enjoy buffet lunch or dinner at the historic Granary (bookings essential) or pack a picnic. Musical entertainment, craft stalls, animal farmyard nursery, face painting, pony rides plus licensed bar, car and steam engine displays for dad.

Open 10.00am - 3.00pm. Admission free.

For more information and bookings phone (02) 4654 6800.

Belgennny Farm, Camden Park.

9 SEP: COUNTRY FAIR - TAHMOOR

Wollondilly Anglican College Annual Country Fair features an auction, amusement rides, a reptile display, side show games, face painting, show bags and pony rides. A wide variety of food will be available including an Aussie bbq, international food stall, fairy floss, cakes, milkshakes and hot dogs to satisfy every taste. If your looking for a bargain, there will be a variety of stalls selling everything from jewellery to knitwear and more.

There will be displays through the day and live bands.

Open from 12.00noon - 7.00pm. For further information phone 4684 2577

Wollondilly Anglican College, Remembrance Drive. Tahmoor

10 SEP: BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Explore the bush and enjoy breakfast in the cafe. Cost $10 per person.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remembrance Drive, Bargo

Thomas the tank Engine
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A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Fun day for kids - young and old! Meet Thomas and the Fat Controller. Mini train and steam train rides, movies, kids activities, and entry to the museum. Refreshments and BBQ facilities available or have a picnic on the lawn.

For more information phone (02) 4681 8001. Tickets should be booked in advance from the website.

NSW Rail Museum, Barbour Road, Thirlmere

Camden Park16 - 17 SEP: CAMDEN PARK OPEN WEEKEND

Camden Park is the large Georgian house built for John and Elizabeth Macarthur in 1835, and is believed to be Australia's oldest private residence occupied by descendants of its founders. The house is two storied stuccoed sandstock brick built on sandstone foundations. It still retains much of its original furniture and fittings and is a wonderful example of the work of colonial architect John Verge.

The large garden which surrounds the house is the largest intact 19th century garden in Australia and contains many rare and exotic species, many of which were collected by John Macarthur's son William (1800-1882) who lived at Camden Park.

In September the wisteria hedge which borders the eastern verandah is in full bloom and is a magnificent sight. Recent restoration work in the garden has brought back much of the garden's former glory.

Open 12noon to 4.00pm Saturday, 10.00am to 4.00pm Sunday. Admission applies. For more information phone - (02) 4655 8466.

Camden Park House, Off Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, South Camden.

OCTOBER 2017

1 OCT: BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Enjoy breakfast at the cafe then walk the bush trail. Cost $10.00 per person.

Open 900am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remebrance Drive, Bargo.

Picton Show
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PICTON SHOW.

All the fun of a true old fashioned country show held over two days. Equestrian activities, pavillion exhibits, poultry & cattle, wood chopping, ute muster, carnival rides and agricultural displays.

Admission $12 Adults, $7 Pensioners/school children (children under 5 free) $35 Family Pass.

For further information phone 4677 2485, email secretary@pictonshow.com.au

Picton Showgrounds, Picton

Warragamba Town Hall
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WARRAGAMBA DAM FEST

Performing arts, car & bike shows, stalls, rides and special events such as sky diving.

The Warragamba Dam precinct is a perfect setting for this event and offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages including the Warragamba Dam Viewing Platform, Skate Park, Recreational areas, shops and amenities.

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm.

For stall applications, sponsorship, entertainers, entry forms or to register as a volunteer please contact Leanne on 4774 1273 or email damfest@hotmail.com

Warragamba Dam Precinct, Warragamba

NOVEMBER 2017

5 NOV: BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Enjoy breakfast at the cafe then walk the bush trail. Cost $10.00 per person.

Open 900am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remebrance Drive, Bargo.

DECEMBER 2017

CAROLS BY THE TREE

Uniting Church of Picton invites all to join in. Commences 5.00pm.

For more information phone 4677 1432

St Anthony's Primary School, Menangle Street, Picton

6 DEC: BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Star the day with breakfast at the wildlife sanctuary. Open 9.00am to 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Rembrance Drive, Bargo

TBA: CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Commences 7.00pm. Jumping castle and sausage sizzle.

For more information phone 4684 1088.

21 - 23 Silica Road, Bargo

TBA: CAROLS ON THE COMMON

Includes BBQ and Camden Community Band.

Held from 7.00pm.

For more information phone 4633 8261.

St. James Church, Menangle

TBA: CAROLS IN THE PARK

Free entertainment for all the family with BBQ and face painting for the kids.

Held from 6.00pm.

For more information phone 0418 281 430.

Memorial Park, Thirlmere

TBA: BUXTON CAROLS

Held as part of the Buxton Bush Christmas Festival.

Held from 9.30am - 3.30pm.

For more information phone 0434 873 852.

Buxton Village

TBA: CAROLS AT THE HALL

Includes BBQ. entertainment and kids' activities.

Held from 7.00pm.

For more information phone 0404 754 105.

Douglas Park Community Hall and park.

TBA: CAROLS AT TAHMOOR

Held from 7.00pm.

For more information phone 0418 281 430

Tahmoor Anglican Church, Tahmoor

25 DEC: CHRISTMAS DAY AT BELGENNY FARM

Christmas Day is held each year at Belgenny Farm with Christmas buffet lunch menu.

Cost $75 for adults, $55 for children (3-12 years). Bookings are essential - last booking Friday 23/12/10. Full payment to be made at time of booking.

For bookings and information phone (02) 4654 6800.

Belgenny Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden NSW 2570

JANUARY 2018

Picton RodeoPICTON RODEO

Held every January: Saddle Bronc, Bare Back, Open Bull Ride, Steer Ride, Poddy Ride. Barbecue, bar and live music make this a country day for the family. Gates open from 12.00noon and rodeo commences at 2.00pm.

For more information phone (02) 4677 2485.

Picton Showground, Menangle Street, Picton.

26 JAN: AUSTRALIA DAY CEREMONIES

Annual ceremony and activities to celebrate Australia Day with civic award presentations, and naturalisation of new citizens.

Musical entertainment, picnics, and fun day out for the family.

For further information contact Wollondilly Shire Council - 4677 1326

Picton Botanical Gardens, Regreme Road, Picton

MARCH 2018

Festival of steam. MAR: THIRLMERE FESTIVAL OF STEAM

See Thirlmere come alive with steam trains, steam machinery, historic vehicles, stalls, entertainment, displays by local groups and much more. Ride the steam locos - hourly departures from Thirlmere station, and from Sydney (see the Heritage Express website.)

Visitors can also explore the NSW Rail Transport Museum with Australia's largest display of historic locomotives, carriages and rail memorabilia. Lots of activities.

Open 9.30am - 4.00pm.

NSW Rail Museum, Barbour Road, Thirlmere

BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Have an early breakfast, go bush walking, visit the animals.

Open 9.00am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remembrance Drive, Bargo

6 MAR: CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

Volunteers gather to clean up the environment. For times and locations see the website www.cleanup.org.au.

Variuos locations

Thomas the tank Engine
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A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

On our Day Out With Thomas events you can meet the life-size Thomas the Tank Engine, take a genuine steam train ride and meet Thomas' other friends like Toby the Rail Motor, Henry and Donald.

See the Fat Controller as he oversees all the activities happening on-site which include: Unlimited access to the mini train rides; full-size steam train ride with one of Thomas' friends; Thomas movie station; unlimited access to the jumping castles; inflatable slide; face painting; story telling; photo opportunities with Thomas; Trainworks entry.

Includes access to ALL of the Trainworks exhibits, use of the BBQ facility, and free parking at Thirlmere.

For more information phone (02) 4681 8001. Tickets should be booked in advance from the website.

NSW Rail Museum, Barbour Road, Thirlmere

APRIL 2018

brigadoon
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Celebrating 40 years - order the Brigadoon Pictorial History Book HERE...

BUNDANOON IS BRIGADOON

For one day every year the mythical village of Brigadoon rises from the mists, and Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands become Brigadoon - one of the world's largest Highland Gatherings.

Hundreds of pipers and drummers, a street parade, massed bands, Highland Games (toss the caber!), and hundreds of stalls, displays and activities. This year featuring the heavy lift contest and entertainers.

Bundanoon is Brigadoon normally attracts over 12,000 visitors from around Australia, and is one of the major events of the Southern Highlands.

Not to be missed! Whether you are of Scots ancestry, or looking for one of the most enjoyable and interesting of days out with the family, a trip to Brigadoon (perhaps on a heritage train) will be a day to remember.

Lots of things to do and see, and heaps of activities for the kids to join in.

Bundanoon Oval, Bundanoon

BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Have an early breakfast, go bush walking, visit the animals.

Open 9.00am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remembrance Drive, Bargo

20 APR: APPIN MASSACRE MEMORIAL CEREMONY

An annual event to remember the Dharawal people killed in the massacre of 1816. Held from 12.00noon and 3.00pm. A free sausage sizzle lunch will be provided.

Please note: The ceremony involves a short walk. Please wear appropriate footwear, hats, sunscreen and bring a bottle of water with you. As the site has limited seating - bring your own fold up chairs.

Cataract Dam Picnic Area, Baden Powell Drive, Appin

25 APR: ANZAC DAY

Annual celebrations of one of Australia's most important holidays.

Dawn Service at 6.45am Picton Memorial Park, Argyle Street, Picton. For more information phone 0438 281 082.

11.00am service at Bargo Sports Club. Lunch sold from midday; all proceeds donated to Legacy. For more information phone club at (02) 4684 1222.

WOLLONDILLY ILLUMINARTE FESTIVAL

Art works projected on to buildings in Menangle Street with a Harvest Music Festival, lantern parade at night, street fair, market stalls and art exhibition in Shire Hall.

Open 12.00noon to 10.30pm.

Menangle Street, Picton

MAY 2018

ROBERTSON WOOL FESTIVAL

The South Coast & Southern Tablelands Region of the Black & Coloured Sheep Breeder's Association of NSW Inc, will be holding their 32nd Annual Wool Festival Day from 10.00am to 2.30pm.

During the day there will be top quality natural coloured and white sheep fleeces for sale, as well as a number of traders selling their woollen products, spinning and weaving supplies. For entertainment there will be a Fashion Parade and Speed Knitting competition.

Our members are only too happy to assist anyone in the fields of sheep breeding, fleece quality, spinning and weaving etc. So please feel free to spend the day with us and enjoy the fun. Tea and coffee, etc, will be available on the day. Entry is free.

For more information contact 0427 600 528.

Robertson School of Arts, Illawarra Highway, Robertson.

BREAKFAST IN THE BUSH

Have an early breakfast, go bush walking, visit the animals.

Open 9.00am - 11.00am.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Remembrance Drive, Bargo

WHEELS AT WOLLONDILLY

Car show first held in 2014 of all makes and models - hot rods, vintage, veteran ans classic cars, street machines,motorbikes, utes, trucks, tractors and 4WDs.

Entertainment, market stalls and refreshments availlable.

Open 10.00am.

For more information see the website.

Wollondilly Anglican College, Remembrance Drive, Tahmoor.

Belgenny Farm
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MOTHERS DAY AT BELGENNY FARM

A day out for Mum and all the family.

Enjoy buffet lunch or dinner at the historic Granary (bookings essential) or pack a picnic. Musical entertainment, craft stalls, bush bands, animal farmyard nursery, face painting, pony rides. Open 10.00am - 3.00pm. Admission free.

For more information and bookings phone (02) 4654 6800.

Belgennny Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Ave, Camden NSW 2570.

JUNE 2018

ROTARY CLUB CAR BOOT SALE

Gates open from 7.30 am for set up with sales through till 3.00pm.

All welcome. Car lots are available at $15 each. Entry fee: Gold Coin. BBQ available.

St. Marks Church, Menangle Street West, Picton

QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HOLIDAY

One of Australia's national holidays. Civic ceremonies held in various towns where national awards are presented to prominent citizens.

Last updated 5/7/17