Operating hours

The NSW Rail Museum and Loop Line heritage train rides will operate as follows:

  • From November — the Museum will be open weekends only (9.00am - 5.00pm), with heritage train rides every weekend.

  • From 4 December — the Museum will be open 7 days a week (Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm / Sat & Sun 9.00am - 5.00pm) and closed 23 - 26 December. Heritage train rides will operate on 4 - 5 and 11 - 12 December only.

  • From 1 January — the Museum will be open 7 days a week (Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.00pm / Sat & Sun 9.00am - 5.00pm). Heritage train rides will operate everyday from 1 - 26 January.

To book your next visit, see Visit the NSW Rail Museum.

Group bookings

Groups of 15 or more receive a 10% discount ​on museum entry and Thirlmere Heritage Railway tickets.

All groups visiting the NSW Rail Museum must book in advance.​

Once submitted a customer service officer will be in touch to assist with confirming your booking.


Download our Group Visit Guide [PDF]

School and vacation care groups

Visit our learning page.

Food and drink options

The NSW Rail Museum kiosk remains closed 

Only a limited range of snacks and cold drinks are available at the reception counter.

Support our local cafes, pubs and restaurants

To support our local community following the extended period of closures due to bushfires and now COVID-19, we’re encouraging visitors to stop by one of the many local cafes, pubs or restaurants either before or after your visit to the NSW Rail Museum.

For more information on local eateries visit the Visit Wollondilly website.

Picnic areas 

With over 10,000 square metres of lawns and sheltered picnic tables, the grounds are the perfect place to have a picnic – don’t forget a rug!


The NSW Rail Museum at Thirlmere has:

  • Accessible toilets

  • Hearing aid loop in the theatrette

  • Single level access to all areas

  • Ramp access to the Great Train Hall platform and Roundhouse


There is plenty of free street parking on Barbour Road, including designated bays for disabled parking.

Please be advised

  • The NSW Rail Museum occupies a site that is more than 1 kilometre in length from end to end. It is recommended that visitors with limited mobility plan their visit to include rest stops.

  • Prams and wheelchairs will not fit through the doorways of the carriages in the Great Train Hall and some exhibits are accessible only by stairs.

  • Prams and wheelchairs will not fit through the doorways of the carriages on steam train rides. However, a safe storage place will be provided and assistance to board the trains is available if required.

How to get here

The NSW Rail Museum is in Thirlmere, within easy reach of Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and the South Coast.


NSW Rail Museum

10 Barbour Road, Thirlmere NSW 2572

By public transport

The NSW Rail Museum is approximately five-nine kilometres from the nearest train stations, Tahmoor and Picton, which are on the Southern Highlands rail line.


A bus service from Picton station can connect you to the Museum, with a 600 metre walk from the bus stop. NB. Bus services are infrequent and do not operate on Sundays.


A limited taxi service is in operation for travel from Tahmoor station to the Museum – be sure to call ahead to book the service. As a guide only, travel to the Museum by public transport from Sydney’s Central Station is approximately two hours.


For the most up-to-date transport information, take a closer look at the following options to chart your journey: