From World Heritage wilderness to 19th century steam trains, Thirlmere will charm you with natural beauty, wonderful train rides and railway memorabilia. The small township is about 80 minutes’ drive southwest of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is home to the fabulous NSW Rail Museum.

Thirlmere Lakes National Park is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. There are five tranquil freshwater lakes in this beautiful national park. You can enjoy canoeing, kayaking and swimming, and the Thirlmere Lakes walking track is a delightful 6km loop around several lakes.

Werri Berri pincic area lakeside, Thirlmere Lakes National Park.

Please read these bushwalking safety tips before your journey. Bring a picnic hamper and enjoy lunch at the lakeside Werri Berri picnic area, near the walking trail. There are free gas barbecues, tables and toilets at Werri Berri, an enchanting spot year-round. Majestic eucalypts provide shade.

Some 140 bird species inhabit the park, offering marvellous birdwatching. There are white-bellied sea eagles, gang-gang cockatoos and little lorikeets, to name just a few. Along the waterways are rare aquatic plants such as frogmouth waterlilies. You can also explore railway heritage in the park.

Thirlmere Festival of Steam

The sandstone Heritage Pump Station, near Werri Berri picnic area, delivered water for steam trains on the old southern railway. You’ll discover more railway heritage in Thirlmere at the fabulous NSW Rail Museum, which has a comprehensive historical railway collection and steam train rides.

Steam trains operate every Sunday from March through November, departing several times a day from the historic Thirlmere Station, which opened in 1885. The enchanting round-trip takes about 50 minutes. The annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam in March is a fun weekend for the whole family.

Thirlmere was named after a lake of the same name in England. Among other lovely things to do and see around the area is a visit to Cedar Creek Orchard and a scenic drive on the Wollondilly trail, part of the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. You’ll pass through historic towns such as Picton and Camden.


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  1. Thirlmere Festival of Steam

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Thirlmere

    NSW Rail Museum joins the local community in celebrating the beginning of steam season! Bring your family and friends to explore, as the tiny town of Thirlmere turns into a bustling hub of activity with rides, craft, stalls, all day music a…

    03 Mar - 04 Mar
  2. Creative Traders Market at Picton

    Sunday 04 March 2018 to Sunday 01 July 2018 , Picton

    Come on down to the Creative Traders Markets and purchase fresh local produce direct from the farmer, hand made goods produced locally, fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood, flowers, cakes and more. Open the first Sunday of the month at Woll…

    04 Mar - 01 Jul
  3. Dilly Doggy Day Out

    Saturday 17 March 2018 ,

    The inaugural Dilly Doggy Day Out will be held on Saturday March 17 at the Picton Off Leash Park. Enjoy a Fun day out with your furry family members. There will be a variety of activities and services. Come and see what local businesses a…

    17 Mar