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Australian National Maritime Museum

Australians are closely linked to the sea through commerce, defence, exploration, adventure, sport and play. Our oceans and waterways have influenced our development…and who we are.

The museum captures these themes with fascinating artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water. Explore today!

The Australian National Maritime Museum, on the western shore of Sydney’s Darling Harbour, is in a lively heritage precinct with many attractions. The distinctive main building, with a roofline evoking waves and sails, houses exhibitions that:

  • explore Australia’s links with the sea
  • consider how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia.

These exhibitions are themed, ranging from Indigenous lore and European seafaring to aquatic sport and the maritime defence of our shores.

Australian National Maritime Museum

City of Canada Bay Museum Concord Sydney

The City of Canada Bay Museum SydneyWelcome to the Concord Heritage Society displays of the history of the area – the former municipalities of Concord and Drummoyne.

Our kitchen (1930-1950 vintage) delights both young and old.  It brings back many memories for the older generations and intrigues the younger ones.

Toys from a bygone era also fascinate the children. But one of our most important displays is of the lawn mowers.

iconic Aussie rotary mowerHave you ever wondered where the iconic Aussie rotary mower, the Victa, originated?  

Mervyn Victor Richardson took “borrowing your neighbour’s lawn mower” to a whole new level when he laid eyes on the petrol-driven rotary mower designed by his neighbour, Lawrence Hall, a Marine Engineer, in 1948.   Visit our museum to learn more.

The City of Canada Bay MuseumTo really appreciate what is on offer you need to come and see for yourself.  

We are at 1 Bent Street, Concord.

Opening Hours:  Wednesday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission FREE.  Donations appreciated.
www.concordheritage.asn.au

Braidwood Museum

Braidwood Museum
186 Wallace Street Braidwood Ph: 02 4842 2310
Wallace St. (PO Box 145), Braidwood NSW 2622
Open: Friday to Monday 11am-2.30pm or by arrangement
(dependant on volunteers)
School Holidays open 7 days
Please check in advance if travelling as occasional staff shortages can result in unexpected closures
Admission: $5.00 adults $1.00 children

See the armour worn by Mick Jager in his portayal of Ned Kelly filmed around Braidwood at the Braidwood Museum. The Museum also houses a fine collection of historical artifacts and information about the districts past.

The Historical Society also operate tours of the area including Araluen and Majors Creek.

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Chain Gang – Convicts

As many as 50,000 convicts transported to New South Wales from around the old British Empire spent some time at the Barracks.

Based at the Barracks, they provided the labour and skills that built the colony. Later the old building was a temporary home for thousands of female immigrants and infirm or destitute women. By the turn of the 20th century its rooms and corridors echoed to the sound of lawyers, clerks and a range of public servants working at a variety of jobs from providing law courts to public services like the vaccine institute and government printer. Today it is a museum of its own history and a window into our past.

Today it is a museum of its own history and a window into our past.

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Discover Goulburn — Australia’s first inland city

Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds! Visit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

With so much more to see and do in Goulburn & Surrounds for the history buff, be sure to contact the friendly staff at Goulburn Visitor Information Heritage abounds in Goulburn & Surrounds!

St Saviour's Cathedral GoulburnVisit the magnificent St Saviour’s Cathedral, take a tour through the historic Hume family home ‘Garroorigang’ or the National Trust’s Twynam family estate ‘Riversdale’.

Standing sentinel over the city is the Goulburn War Memorial and Museum on Rocky Hill, providing unparalleled views of the City and district. The museum features a valuable collection of artefacts including a door from Changi prison.

The Remembrance Library at Mulwaree High School houses a militaria collection of over 5,000 acquisitions from the Vietnam War back to the NZ Maori War (open by appointment).

Take a step back in time when you visit the historic Goulburn Brewery. Designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, it is the oldest working industrial complex in Australia. Allow some time to do a self-guided or guided tour and sample the traditionally brewed ales.

Goulburn Railway StationNearby you’ll find Goulburn’s Rail Heritage Centre where you can have a guided tour of the railway workshop and 1918 roundhouse where veteran locomotives and rollingstock are under restoration.

For the engine and steam enthusiasts, be sure to visit when the Goulburn Historic Waterworks is steaming (approx. monthly and by prior arrangement).

Goulburn was one of the first regional centres to supply piped drinking water to its residents and the beam engine installed in 1883 remains fully operational.

You can trace your family history in Goulburn at the St Clair Folk Museum and Archives or at the Regional History Reading Room with a specialist librarian in the Goulburn Branch Library. There are many local history bookCentre on free call 1800 353 646 or visit: www.igoulburn.com

Museums South Coast NSW

Pilots Cottage Museum
Blowhole Point Kiama Ph: (02) 4232 1001
Visiting hours: 11.00am – 3.00pm Fri – Mon
The Kiama Harbour Lighthouse is also located at Blowhole Point.

Gerringong Museum
Situated in Blackwood Street, Gerringong.
The opening hours of the museum are Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm, with additional openings on Tuesdays and Thursdays (same hours) during NSW school holidays.

Reference items are available for consultation, including Gerringong Pioneer Family Index and Gerringong Landholders Returns 1885.

A computer is now available in the Museum, providing access to a full database of Pioneer Family descendants, and also Birth, Death and Marriage records relating to the Gerringong area, and to areas such as the Richmond River which have a strong connection to Gerringong Pioneer Families.

Berry Museum
135 Queen Street Berry – Website
Memorabilia peculiar to the Berry and the Coolangatta District; it has comprehensive information on a number of pioneering families.

Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Farm
2029 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley
Ph: 02 4465 1306
Open 7 days. Phone: (02) 4465 1306
Website

The museum is managed by a voluntary Community Trust in conjunction with the Kangaroo Valley Historical Society. Preserving Kangaroo Valley history with buildings, machinery, memorabilia and photographic display.

Nowra Museum
Corner of Plunkett and Kinghorne Streets Nowra.
Administered by the Shoalhaven Historical Society, and their members are willing to assist community groups on matters of historical significance, and are always keen to gain additional information.

The Nowra Museum was built as the local police station in 1900, it had this purpose until the mid 1970’s, by which time it had well outgrown the station staff.

The museum is open from 1 until 4 pm each Saturday and Sunday, and during school holiday periods, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the same times.

Meroogal NowraMeroogal is a must whilst visiting Nowra. Built in 1885, this fascinating timber house was home to four generations of women from the Thorburn family.

Meroogal’s rich collection of personal objects provides an insight into the private lives and daily world of this family for nearly a century.
Cnr Worrigee & West Streets, Nowra 254
Ph: 02 4421 8150
Guided tour take place on the hour
Open Sat. 1-5pm and Sunday 10-5pm.
Booked groups by arrangement
www.hht.net.au

Lady Denman Heritage Complex Huskisson.
Woollamia Rd., Huskisson Ph: (02) 4441 5675 – Website

Maritime Museum with other cultural content. Local History, Aboriginal culture, a very fine Surveyor’s Gallery with instruments dating from the 15th century. Along with the Jervis Bay Museum of Science and the Sea.
Open daily at Huskisson from 10am – 4pm.

Tabourie Lake Museum
Princes Hway Lake Tabourie Ph: (02) 4429 8915

The museum’s exhibits include snakes, spiders, aboriginal artefacts, minerals, local marine life and shells with a number of historical furnished rooms on display.

Along with Australiana rural life, Aboriginal culture and local history. The museum is visited by local schools to enhance their history and social science studies, tourists including bus tours. Open weekends and School holidays & public holidays, others by appointment

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya. Phone (02) 4474 3224
Opening Hours Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm and every day in the summer school holidays

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma
Admission is free

Bega Cheese Heritage Centre
Lagoon St North Bega Ph: (02) 6491 7777
History of the Dairying Museum located in the grounds of Bega Cheese.
Open 9am – 5pm 7 days a week. Free admission.

Tathra Maritime Museum
Old Cargo Shed Wharf Road Tathra Open 7 days. Ph: (02) 6494 4363
Tathra’s wharf is the only remaining sea wharf on the East Coast of NSW, and has been restored by the National Trust.

Eden Killer Whale Museum
Imlay St Eden (opp Police Station) Ph: (02) 6496 2094 Website
Open daily (except Xmas Day) 9am – 3.45pm
Preserving Eden’s Whaling History with ‘Old Tom’ the killer whale skeleton on display.

Nature Coast NSW

Two Foot Tour CBD History Walk includes the Coal Bunker Wharf, Bridge, the Bridge Plaza, Bayview Hotel, Courthouse and Police residence and other heritage points in the Batemans Bay CBD.
Download the History walk of Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Museum
1 Museum Place, Batemans Bay (opposite the community Centre)
Open Tues and Thurs 12-3, and market mornings 9-12pm
Plus the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month
Groups any time with prior notice. Ph: (02) 4472 8993
Featuring local and social history with something for every age to enjoy.
Volunteer-run by the Clyde River and Batemans Bay Historical Society

Moruya Museum
85 Campbell Street Moruya
Opening Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday and first Thursday of each month. 10:00am – 2:00pm Saturday  10:00am – 1:00pm

Narooma Lighthouse Museum
Princes Highway Narooma Ph: (02) 4476 2881
c/- Narooma Visitor Centre, Narooma Website
Admission is free.

All Australians are reflected in their nation’s capital

Picture yourself unwinding in Canberra, a city in a park with golden autumn leaves, glorious spring blooms and bright blue skies. Hidden beneath the leafy surrounds is a thriving modern city with fun for the kids, a busy calendar of events and festivals, and stylish restaurants, bars and shops.

Explore Canberra’s many national attractions, which hold and share the treasures of our nation. Celebrate Australia’s proud sporting achievements, explore our unique political history, and reflect on stories of bravery and courage.

See our country and people through the eyes of our artists, and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and engaging exhibitions.

Must–see Australian treasures…
See Ned Kelly’s death mask at the National Portrait Gallery, and gaze at scenes from his life at the National Gallery of Australia, where a whole room is devoted to Sir Sidney Nolan’s Kelly painting series.

See Phar Lap’s heart and a Tasmanian Tiger skin at the National Museum of Australia.

Feel what it was like to be an Aussie pilot in Bomber Command flying in a night raid over Berlin, and see everything from the Red Baron’s boots to a large collection of VC medals at the Australian War Memorial.

Re-live some important moments in our nation’s sporting history at the Australian Institute of Sport where you can see sports memorabilia including Michael Klim’s swimming medals from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Kostya Tszyu’s boxing gloves.

Discover a treasure trove of fascinating records, including Australia’s ‘birth certificate’ – Queen Victoria’s Royal Commission of Assent – and our first Constitution at the National Archives of Australia.

Wander around Bob Hawke’s original Prime Ministerial Office, and stand on the steps where Gough Whitlam announced the dismissal of his government at Old Parliament House.

Discover the stories of people who have created the ‘sights and sounds’ of our nation at the National Film and Sound Archive. Displays include The Beatles in Australia, Aunty Jack and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Make sure you allow enough time to linger longer and enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer, and to tour the surrounding region’s wineries, historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains.

See your nation reflected in its capital. See yourself in Canberra — there’s never been a better time to visit.

Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse

The historic Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse which is over 100 years old in  loacted in southern Western Australia. A climb to the top of the lighthouse offers panoramic 360 degree views across Geographe Bay, the Indian Ocean and Cape Naturaliste.

In season, watch migratory whales pass the Cape. The fascinating maritime museum provides stories and pictures of the past; and also offers refreshments and souvenirs. Other features include walk trails of Bunker Bay, whale watch platform, wildflowers (in season) and native birds.

Tours of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse are available every day of the year, except Christmas day, with tours operating from 9.30am to 4.30pm.