A Unique Day Of Family Fun At The Sydney Tramway Museum
By: Sharon, ellaslist explorer
It’s official, they’re making a comeback! No, not the Spice Girls- but Sydney TRAMS, and where better to embrace their return than to visit the historic Sydney Tramway Museum? It’s a place few have heard of!
A mere 45-minute car ride from Bondi, you will find the Sydney Tramway Museum. When we arrived we were greeted by a number of volunteer conductors oozing passion about -you guessed it, trams.
Kids Will Go Tram-Raving Mad
We chose to take a tram ride before entering the museum rather than making the kids wait. The tram has two routes on offer and rides are unlimited all day after paying the museum fee. The first route we took went from the museum base down to Sutherland and back again. This was a quick ride and a nice way to kick-start our day. My son thought it was super cool that the doors were open as we travelled down the tracks. We then got off and made our way into the museum consisting of rows of historic trams from all different eras including a tram from Germany, a bus tram and a prisoners tram. While the museum isn’t huge, the children loved that you can you can hop on and hop off, sit, climb, explore and if you are up for it, read all about the trams. There are also volunteers happy to give you a bit of history on the humble tram.
Take A Tram To The Royal National Park
After exploring all of the trams, and a brief history lesson we went outside to the garden behind the museum and had a relaxing picnic and a run around. There is plenty of shaded seating. Once our tummies were full we decided to tram it into the Royal National Park. The highlight of this tram ride was definitely crossing the highway and waving to everyone in their cars while they waited for our tram to cross. Upon arrival, you can hop off for 8 minutes or stay for an 1 hr. We were feeling adventurous so decided to immerse ourselves in nature by taking the peaceful 30-minute round-trip paved bush walk called “Bungoona Path” to a lookout (suitable for prams and wheelchairs). Our 4.5 year old walked this happily – listening for birds, pointing out the burnt trees and discovering a termite mound.
A Unique Day Out For The Whole Family
After our rendezvous with nature it was time to head back to the museum via the tram. We learnt some lovely facts about trams, and the entire place is run by friendly volunteers. If you are looking for a unique day out that is fun for all ages, forget the Spice Girls and head to the Sydney Tram Museum. At the same time, you will be supporting some of Sydney’s history.
What You Need To Know
Where: The Sydney Tramway Museum, cnr Rawson Ave & Pitt St, Loftus
Opening Hours: Open Every Sunday 10am-5pm and Wednesday 10am-3pm
Tickets: Adults $18, Concession $12, Children $10, Children under 5yrs FREE, Family ticket-2 Adults and 2 Children $46
More Information: Visit their website.