Upcoming Events

Illawarra Historical Society
Monthly Guest Speakers

The Illawarra Historical Society hosts monthly meeting with a special guest speaker for members and guests on the first Thursday of every month at the Illawarra Museum.

Evan Smith from the Wollongong Botanic Gardens will talk about the marvellous Kings Park in Perth
6.30pm Thursday 7th February at the Wollongong City Library

Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. Everyone is welcome.

GUEST SPEAKER - Thursday,  7 February 2019 at 6.30pm at Wollongong City Library, Burelli St (upstairs in Local History)

11 Market Street, Wollongong
Open Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm to 3pm
FREE ENTRY! (Charges apply for group bookings)
(02) 4228 7770


Black Diamond Heritage Centre

Newsprint in their Blood

6th January to February 2019 1pm-4pm Sundays

Did you know that newspapers were in the NSW Colony from the early 1800’s ? That the Illawarra Mercury began in 1855? Kiama has had quite a few papers? Who can remember the South Coast Times or the other newspapers of the Illawarra? Were the Newspapers of the Past also like the Facebook of their day? What have been the jobs in the news ? Did anyone in your family work for the newspapers? Why not share some photos & stories?

Coal Mining in the NSW Southern Districts:
Remembering the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster
Upcoming in February-March 2019

Bulli Railway Station East
Open every Sunday from 1pm to 4pm
Adults $4 – Seniors $3 – Children $2
(02) 4283 6429

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Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Sunday 13th January
Diesel & Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 3:00pm with locomotive “Seymour”.

School Holidays
Tuesday 15th January
Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursday 17th January
Diesel Mancar & Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tuesday 22nd January
Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thursday 24th January
Diesel & Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday 26th January
Miniature train rides from 10:00am to 2:00pm

48 Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail
Open the second Sunday of each month 10am to 4pm

Check their website for special open days
Entry is free – Ride prices available on their website
(02) 4256 4627


The Australian Motorlife Museum

On the first Sunday of every month you can complete your tour of the museum with a ride in a vintage car!

94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.00pm
Adults $17 – Concession $15 – Children $6
(02) 4261 4100

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HARS Aviation Museum Tarmac Days

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January – 10am to 4pm

Tarmac days will be held outside the HARS hangars on the weekend of the second Friday of the Month and involve the static display of some of our distinctive aircraft. Members of the public will be able to board and sit in some of the aircraft including the cockpits of aircraft like our F-111C fighter bomber and Neptune submarine hunter. All exhibits are staffed by guides who can help you live the experience.

Illawarra Regional Airport, Albion Park Rail
Open every day 9.30am to 3.30pm
Adults $20 –  Senior/Concession $15 – Children $8 – Family $55
Tarmac Days (Monthly open air aircraft exhibition)
The second Friday to Sunday of each month 10am to 4pm
Adults $20 – Senior/Concession $15 – Children $8 – Family $45
(02) 4257 4333


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