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Belgenny Farm
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BELGENNY FARM

Two hundred years old - Belgenny Farm was the home of pioneers John and Elizabeth Macarthur. This historic property was also the home of the earliest agriculture in Australia.

Preserved by NSW Dept. of Agriculture, group tours (by arrangement) are held of the farm showing aspects of the lives of the pioneers, and working demonstrations of 19th and 20th century farm animals and equipment. See Events & Festivals pages for more information.

For more information phone: (02) 4654 6800

Elizabeth Macarthur Ave. - (off Remembrance Driveway), Camden.

steam trains at Thirlmere
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TRAINWORKS - NSW RAIL TRANSPORT MUSEUM

Australia's oldest and largest train museum has been upgraded with new exhibition spaces and displays as Trainworks. See over 50 locomotives, 100 carriages, railway memorabilia and working steam trains. Picnic areas and kiosk.

There are regular steam train rides from Thirlmere to Picton on the old Loop Line during the year - see www.trainworks.com.au for more details.

The Thirlmere Flyer steam train also travels from Central to Thirlmere - see the Heritage Express website for timetable and bookings.

Open: Mon - Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm; Weekends & Public Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm

Phone: (02) 4681 8001

Trainworks, Barbour Road, Thirlmere


(Argyle Street, Picton, c.1866)
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PICTON AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL AND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC.

The Society operates an archive and library in Picton. Membership is open to all, and there are regular meetings and other activities from time to time.

The archive and reference library contains a wide range of materials - from reference books, documents, photos, and newspapers, to genealogical records. Visits from those researching family history are welcome, and there are useful links on our webpage.

Archives & Library: Cnr Argyle & Menangle Sts, Picton NSW 2571

PO Box 64, Picton NSW 2571


Wirrimbirra Sanctuary - "Home of the White Waratah".
WIRRIMBIRRA SANCTUARY

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is a National Trust property of over 100 acres of bushland, nature trails, native plant nursery, and native animal enclosure managed by the David. G. Stead Memorial Wildlife Research Foundation, heirs to its bequest.

Located between Bargo and Tahmoor it comprises a native plant nursery (plants for sale), numerous bushwalks where you can appreciate the native flora, a native fauna protection area (birdlife and native animals), and budget cabin accommodation for families and groups.

Hours of fun for kids, Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is the ideal place to see our natural bush heritage, including one of the last remaining stands of the historic Bargo Brush.

The Field Studies Centre provides educational experiences for students and other groups.

Open Tuesday to Sunday and Public Holidays, 8.30am to 5.00pm. Admission free.

For information phone: (02) 4684 1112, fax: (02) 4684 3120

3105 Remembrance Driveway, Bargo.

Wollondilly Heritage Centre
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WOLLONDILLY HERITAGE CENTRE

Museum showing local history of the Tharawal and Gundangurra peoples and of the early European pioneers of the Wollondilly region.

Colonial slab hut shows the way the pioneers lived; local history archives and library, audio-visual display, early machinery. The museum has a unique collection of orcharding equipment and case labels from the early days of farming in the region.

Special facilities for Coach groups including home-cooked morning or afternoon teas.

(Administered by The Oaks Historical Society Inc.; PO Box 16, The Oaks NSW 2570)

Open: Weekends and Public Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm (except Christmas, New Year, and Good Friday.)

Tours of the Centre are held each Sunday.

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

Edward Street, The Oaks

Yerranderie State Recreation Area

Yerranderie Ghost Town
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YERRANDERIE REGIONAL PARK (MINING GHOST TOWN)

Former silver mining centre some hundred years ago, now run by NPWS; Yerranderie Regional Park ghost town offers preserved buildings and nearby access to National Parks for 4WD vehicles and bushwalkers.

Heritage museum, mine site walks, tours, bushwalks, and mountain climbing. Accommodation available in the Post Office (lodge-style), Slippery Norris's (self-contained cottage), Bank Room and camping facilities available (bookings advised).

Cut off from Burragorang Valley when the dam was built access now only by plane (Curtis Aviation, Camden) or from the Colong-Oberon Stock Route via Tablelands Way south of Oberon. Please note area is remote, no food or petrol available and access only by 4wd in wet weather.

For bookings and information: Yerranderie Caretakers (02) 4659 6165, or NPWS www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au - Oberon (02) 6336 1972.

Last updated 11/9/12

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