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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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A true blue Aussie celebration 1800's-style is what you will find this Australia Day out at the Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce. Set on 28 acres of beautiful riverfront land, there will be a range of quintessential Aussie games, rides, shows, displays, music and food for you to enjoy.

The Aussie games include a lot of tossing, from the dunny seat toss to the Akubra hat toss, thong and gumboot tossing, plus dough tossing. Corn husking is also on the agenda, and then, there are the penny arcade games for more fun.

Rides here are not your ordinary carnival rides either. Instead, ride a penny farthing (the first machine to be called a bicycle) or hop on the horse-pulled 2-storey Omnibus, both very different to today's modes of transport. Other rides include tractor hay rides, pony rides and the Village Express miniature train, great for the littlies.

Throughout the day you can take in a snake show or watch the 18th Battalion with their WWI re-enactment show. Poles apart these two, as is learning about Morse Code, which is also on offer at this event.

As you move around the village, be sure to catch the craftsmen at work. There's the Hawkesbury Woodcrafters, the Pioneer Timber Cutters, the Blacksmith and others using tools of yesteryear, with wares for sale.

Antique machinery is on display too, from steam engines to wagons. Vintage bikes, trucks and car club members will also display a range of vehicles that will see the blokes in heaven.

When you're hungry or thirsty, head to the Village Green for food and coffee vans or check out the Village eateries, Damper Camp for home-cooked meals and the Oxboro Inn selling good food as fast as they can.

The Village shops will be open, including Bee House, Wooden Models, Aiken Hut collectibles, Bould Whips, Pioneer Pewter, the Heritage Emporium General Store and Kenso Cottage lolly shop. Between them, your gift shopping is covered.

After all the activities, chill out with live music on stage, that is sure to include iconic Aussie songs. There's no word yet at time of writing on who is performing. Keep an eye on the village's Facebook page for updates.

Furthermore, be sure to dress up for the occasion in your best Aussie gear as there are Best Dressed competitions.

All of the above and a few more surprises await in this unique event on from 9am-5pm in Rose Street, behind the Heritage Hotel, with plenty of parking.

Have a great Australia Day and don't forget the sunscreen and hat.
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When: 9am-5pm
Phone: 02 4575 1777
Where: 10 Rose St, Wilberforce
Cost: Adult $5, Child $3, Family $15 (2a & 2c), Under 5's free
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