Timbertown in Wauchope in mid-northern New South Wales, is an authentic heritage village, recreated as a living slice of life in Australia in the 1800s. It's all about the struggles and achievements of our pioneers.
Timbertown is set in 35 hectares of natural forest and has been running since 1976. It's attracted more than 2 million visitors. A visit there is a history lesson with loads of fun.
The horse and carriage still runs, the steam train is still on the tracks, timber is sawn and the bullock team hauls heavy loads. The air is full of the aromas of steam engines, freshly sawn timber and home-style cooked meals.
Kelly Landry had the time of her life when she fulfilled a childhood fantasy of dressing in the style of the 1800s. Being in the garb of the day somehow makes the experience feel as though you've really stepped back in time. Visitors in costume could land a role for the day with the theatre troupe, or have their photograph printed in the town's newspaper.
A dedicated band of people, dressed in colonial costume, walk around the town, ready for a chat or to demonstrate some of the fading crafts.
The dam was once a fresh water spring known as Big Log Water Hole. It was crucial to the people of Wauchope and a congregating point for bullock drivers and travellers who camped on the edge of town.
Much of Timbertown's steam sawmill's equipment was relocated from the Allyn River at the foothills of the Barrington Tops. It was purchased by Timbertown and reassembled there in 1977. Once there were 36 licensed mills operating, but today there is just the one.
Timbertown Miniature Railway is wonderful fun for the whole family. It tootles around its track, puffing out steam and it's just $2 a ride.
Gilbert and Scarlett are two of the bullocks who have daily shows with their two bullock drivers. You'll see them easily pulling heavy loads as well as being able to try your hand at whip cracking and see demonstrations of shingle splitting and cross cut sawing.
The most popular attraction at Timbertown is the steam train that runs daily throughout the park. Be warned though, there could be bushrangers just waiting to rob you!
There's just so much to see and enjoy at Timbertown you should get there early. There are paddle boat rides, woodturning demonstrations, a hobby farm, wine tasting and places to shop.
Wauchope in mid-northern New South Wales.
Timbertown entry is $5 for adults and $3 for children older than three years of age. Family passes for two adults and two children younger than 15 are $12. It's open between 9.30am and 3.30pm every day, and until 4.30pm during New South Wales' school holidays. Horse and carriage rides are $5 for adults and $4 for children.
Virgin Blue has flights to Port Macquarie.
One-way fares from:
- Sydney $99
- Canberra $169
- Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart $179
- Adelaide $199
- Darwin $249
- Perth $309
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.
Prices correct at March 18, 2010.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Timbertown Oxley Highway
Ph: (02) 6586 1940
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