I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the Fishing Monthly Group and Australian Fishing Network.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Go back & explore the bygone era of Steam & Machinery
Would you like to step back in time when machinery was run by steam, cars and trucks didn't have in-built computers, blacksmiths plied their trade and you could ride on a 2-foot gauged industrial railway?
If so, pop down to the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum "Oil, Steam & Kerosene" Family Fun Days on the 14th & 15th May 2016.
Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
The museum and the Family Fun Days are run and operated completely by volunteers who have hundreds of years of knowledge between them. So much so, that they can expertly bring back to life machinery of a bygone era.
By running the Family Fun Days at the Museum, they aim to educate and entertain the public and promote the restoration and preservation of our unique past.
Volunteers and their machinery. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
The great thing about the Family Fun Day (which is held twice a year), is that a majority of their exhibits are working, so you can experience what the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era would have been like.
It houses a unique collection of vintage steam and internal combustion agricultural and industrial engines, plus a two-foot gauge industrial railway which you can hitch a ride on while you are there.
Hitch a ride on the train. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
Why don't you bring your family and friends along and marvel at the working steam displays, vintage stationary oil engines, army vehicles, tractors, farm machinery, vintage cars, blacksmithing and plenty more stalls.
While you are they check out the blacksmith at work. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
While you are there, you could take a free wagon or 2-foot gauge train rides, take a picnic lunch and use their BBQ facilities. If not, you could always try some of their onsite hot and cold food like the burgers, pies, ice creams and drinks.
Along with the machinery there will be plenty of stalls for you to visit. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
The Museum currently has around 190 members from all over the state, who hold regular events and attend many external shows with likeminded organisations, or to help with celebrations in our local area. The volunteers of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum are always very busy and currently they are restoring a number of new and old exhibits.
Over the years this Museum has provided educational and entertainment opportunities that have appealed to people of all ages.
Maybe you would like to help restore machinery and equipment like these ones. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
Maybe you have some hidden skills that you would like to share with the volunteers and you feel that now would be a great time to become a member of their museum. If you are interested, all you need to do is contact them by any of the following contact details:
• Phone: 0417 215 513 any time (answering service is connected).
As a member and guest you will be able to come along to the steam, outdoor movie, popcorn, entertainment nights. They even have antique vehicles and caravans, tow trucks and much more on display. You could also go along to one of their camp oven cooking weekends.
Take part in the camp oven cooking weekend. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
Are you a member of a car club that does breakfast runs, twilight runs, lunch meets and overnight camping? Or maybe you are a member of a photographic club or part of a tour group. How cool would it be to have a school excursion here or even have a scout & guide camping trip? Maybe you work in television, advertising or film production and have been looking for a place to film in.
Vintage tow truck. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
Campbelltown Steam & Machinery Museum site can be hired for any one of these types of events or days outside of their field day times. So get your thinking caps on and contact early to discuss your needs.
The museum is set over rural acreage with parklands and well-kept lawns with a permanent light railway around half of the site's perimeter. They have 4 gas BBQs and BBQ seating with tables. There's a toilet block with disabled access and two picnic areas, as well as a good amount of birdlife and some wildlife present almost all year round for people to view.
The contact details are listed above.
To keep up with ongoing events at the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum you could like them on their Facebook page.
It you have the time I would suggest that you pay a visit to the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum "Oil, Steam & Kerosene" Family Fun Days, as their exhibits are all working displays, that shows off the machinery as it used to be, performing tasks such as, wood sawing, ploughing, heavy hauling, pumping water, generating electricity and much more.
From small to large working equipment will be there. Image courtesy of the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum.
So get your get you GPS, Tom Tom, Sat Nav, street directory or whatever you use and find you way to the Campbelltown Steam and Machinery Museum "Oil, Steam & Kerosene" Family Fun Days at Menangle.