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Southern Highlands Attractions

Yass Railway Museum
The old Yass Railway Station has been meticulously restored by a group of enthusiastic local people. The Station has been transformed into a Railway Museum exhibiting the fascinating history of the Yass Tramway, one of New South Wales' most unusual railway lines. The Yass Railway Museum is open Thursday to Monday 10am to 4pm, except Christmas and Boxing Days.
The address is Lead St., Yass NSW 2582.

Michelago Tourist Railway
The Michelago Tourist Railway (MTR) opened on April 26th, 1993, and operates on part of the former State Rail Authority line to Bombala in southern New South Wales. Most of the MTR lies within New South Wales (in fact the line is the border between the ACT and NSW for much of its length). The Australian Railway Historical Society holds a lease on this line as far as Michelago, about 48 kilometres (30 miles) south of Canberra. Since October 1996, the Society has had running rights between Canberra and Queanbeyan, which has meant that we no longer require the services of State Rail Authority drivers, guards or signalmen to operate our trains. Our qualified members can now crew our trains in and out of Canberra and Queanbeyan stations, as well as on our line to Michelago.

Binaloug Motor Museum
An additional attraction for the visitor is the Binalong Motor Museum. It follows a policy to make all the exhibits work and to make use of them. Some of the cars on display include: 1972 Ferrai, 1927 CP Bugatti, 1908 Chain Drive Aero-engined MAB, 1960 Racing Lotus Elite, Ducati and Norton Motor Cycles and many other special vintage and veteran cars. The display is supported by a large landscaped, shady parking and picnic area and a museum shop and kitchen. Visitors are invited to take advantage of these facilities while viewing the exhibits. The Binalong Motor Museum is located in the township of Binalong, which is approximately 37 kilometres from Yass.

Cooma Cottage
Cooma Cottage is a single-storey colonial house located on about 100 acres beside the Yass River, near the town of Yass. The National Trust of Australia (NSW) acquired this property in a derelict condition in 1970 and over the past 18 years has carried out an extensive conservation programme of restoration. repair and interpretation. Today it functions as a house museum and features an exhibition which presents the life and achievements of the famous Australian explorer. Hamilton Hume, who lived there from 1839-73.

Hamilton Hume Historical Museum
As with many museums in country towns, the Hamilton Hume Historical Museum has some fascinating memorabilia from a bygone era. The museum is set out in a very interesting and professional manner. An enormous array of restored and original historic photos of Yass and its people are displayed according to each era. A simulation shearing stand occupies the rear of the museum along with details of Sir Waiter Merriman, the founder of Fine Wool in the Yass district.
The museum is run voluntarily and inspection is by appointment.

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Designed by Philip Cox Architects, the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery is one of the most impressive regional galleries in the state. The Gallery is located in the Goulburn Civic Centre and has its main entrance off Church Street. It presents a diverse programme of exhibitions covering a wide range of art and craft forms. It develops many of its own exhibitions, frequently incorporating into them the work of local artists and craftspeople. In addition, the gallery tours a number of its exhibitions throughout Eastern Australia.
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10.00am- 4.30pm, Saturday & Public Holidays: 1.00pm - 4.00pm or by appointment

Wombeyan Caves
Located 1 Hour North of Goulburn are these spectacular limestone caves. Guided and self guided adventure tours are available.
Open every day from 8.30am
Phone: (048) 43 5976

The Big Merino
The Big Merino, or the "World's Biggest Marino" is situated just west of Goulburn on the Old Hume Highway. It stands as a proud symbol of Goulburn as the Fine Wool Capital of the World. Comprising of three floors, the ground floor houses a gift and souvenir shop. The first floor contains a "History of Wool" static display where visitors can view the step-by-step processes of wool from shearing to the final product. The top floor is a lookout, through sheep's eyes, over Goulburn

Illawarra Light Rail Museum
Steam train and tram rides.
Open 2nd sunday of every month and public holidays. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by arrangement.
BBQ and picnic areas.
Tongarra Road, Albion Park

Wild Country Park
Natural flora and fauna, picnics and BBQ, rainforest walks, nature films.
Open daily 10am-5pm
Nature Park Foxground
Off Princess Hwy between Gerringong & Berry

Science Centre and Planetarium
Hands-on science entertainment and education for all ages. Science gift shop, over 120 exhibits and planetarium.
Open Friday 7pm-9pm, weekends and school holidays 1pm-5pm
University Campus East
Cowper St, Fairy Meadow

Wollongong City Gallery
Open Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, weekends and public holidays 12pm-4pm
Cnr Kembla and Burelli Sts

Articles Art Gallery
Display and sales of original paintings and pottery by leading artists.
Open 10am-5pm
111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Stanwell Park

Symbio Koala Gardens
Native Exotic and farm animals, BBQ, wading and swimming pools, hands on demonstrations.
Open 9.30 am daily except Christmas day.
Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Stanwell Park

Jamberoo Recreation Park
Fast track bobsled, racing cars, chairlift rides, water slides, speed boats, swimming pool, landscape golf, water cannons, BBQ and picnic areas plus lots more.
Open Saturday, Sunday & public holidays.

Barren Grounds Bird Observatory
Nature based weekend courses, bush accommodation, environmental education, regular day walks and talks, special nocturnal walks and scientific research.
PO Box 3 Jamberoo 2533

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