Bowral is the largest town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. It is approx. 115 kms from Sydney via Hume Highway. You can also take one of the many tourist drives to enjoy the vineyards and creeks.
Apart from its popularity for wineries, a must see attraction in Bowral is the amazing ‘Bradman International Cricket Hall of Fame’ which is open throughout the year. Another popular seasonal festival is the ‘Tulip Time’ held in late September and early October.
I took a day trip to Bowral and Thirlmere to visit two major attractions – ‘Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame’ and ‘Trainworks – Rail & Train Museum’
The Bradman Museum houses state-of-the-art interactive experiences and a museum collection of national significance.
Live footage from around the world, touch screen kiosks, fascinating memorabilia and a contemporary art gallery are just a few of the exhibits that will keep you entertained for hours
You will be fascinated by the story of cricket set against world history, captivated by the recent broadcasts from around the world, intrigued by the real Sir Donald Bradman, and inspired by the integrity of the greats of the game. See his very first bat, baggy green and an interactive letter trail.
This gallery traces the fascinating history of cricket from the 14th century. A major focus is the life and accomplishments of Sir Donald Bradman, the greatest batsman of all time.
Using memorabilia, photos, statistics and on-demand audio and visual footage, you can review the best players of all time, from all eras.
Combined with touch screens and unique objects, the time lines and footage place the development of cricket in the context of global events.
The International Cricket Hall of Fame is open everyday from 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day.
You should allow half a day at the least to fully appreciate the history or cricket at the museum. The general admission cost for Adults is $20 and children, $11.
A short 15 min drive from the museum takes you to the ‘Centennial Vineyards Restaurent’. It was recently awarded 5 stars by the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, an achievement reached by less than 5% of wineries.
After having finished my lunch, I proceeded to Thirlmere. Thirlmere is 35 kms north of Bowral and a major attraction here is the ‘Trainworks – Rail & Train Museum’
Thirlmere was once a booming town of tents for the many railway workers who created the Great Southern Railway from 1863 to 1867.
At the Main Exhibition building, you will learn about life on the lines and in the workshops, marvel at some of the engineering and design achievements of the railways, find out how signals and points keep the lines safe, walk the timeline of rail development from the invention of the very first steam powered engine to today, and see how the railways revolutionized tourism and leisure travel in Australia.
The Great Train Hall houses the biggest collection of rolling stock in Australia. A significant portion of the collection has been steadily refurbished and restored over the years by volunteers
Some of the carriages are accessible – climb aboard and relive some of your favorite rail travel memories or experience for the first time the feel, look and smell of these wonderful relics of Australian social history.
You can also take the historic Steam ride from Thirlmere station to Buxton station and return which is a 45 min experience.
Enjoy the sound and light show which tells the story of loco 1021
Trainworks is open 7 days a week and the ticket prices are $19 for Adults and $11 for a child.
Ciya on the next journey !!!