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Just tell the kids it's Thomas
On Father's Day we all like to think about what would make the ideal day for the father figure in our lives. It needs to be something that he would like, but also selfishly, something that the rest of the family would enjoy also. If you have little ones, this can get tricky.
One idea is to hop on board a steam train, or for the young ones - a very big Thomas the Tank Engine!
The Canberra Railway Museum is having a Father's Day weekend of heritage steam train trips to Bungadore and return. Leaving Canberra, the locomotive climbs the Molonglo Gorge then travels through farmlands and country scenery, before arriving at Bungadore in NSW. As part of the excursion there is an hour to spend exploring the village, before returning back to Canberra within a few hours.
The village of Bungadore was established in 1837, however' it was only a small town before the railway was built in 1885 and this is when Bungadore started to grow. As you wander around in the hour you have there, ensure you check out the hand-crafted creations inside the Bungadore Wood Works Gallery.
Bungadore Wood Works Gallery - one of the main tourist attractions in the town.
The Gallery exhibits Australian wood art, giftware, sculpture and modern furniture by the country's top makers in wood. If your Dad has an interest to build or create with wood, this will be a real highlight of the day. The Gallery has received many awards for their exhibitions and attracts over 120,000 visitors a year - not bad for a "small town" in country NSW.
Source: Bungadore Wood Works Gallery
If you are feeling thirsty, another option is to head over to the historic Royal Hotel for an authentic Aussie pub experience. Built in 1882, this historic pub has seen a few things in its time, with bushrangers rumoured to have stayed in it's rooms. Now the pub is popular with locals and tourists for its authentic Aussie pub atmosphere and Chinese Restaurant inside.
Bungadore has many speciality shops to explore and cafes to enjoy before it is time to jump back on the aptly named "Bushranger" steam train waiting for you at Bungadore station. The historic train station itself may look familiar to movie buffs as it was used in the filming of "The Year My Voice Broke" and the Mick Jagger version of "Ned Kelly".
Although this trip wouldn't be every Dad's cup of tea, for those who love steam trains this would create memories of a spectacular Father's Day. The Canberra Railway Museum also makes regular trips in their heritage locomotives for other special occasions or market days throughout the year.
The only problem with getting your Dad an amazing day out such as this for Father's Day is - how are you going to back it up next year?
Just watch out for bushrangers! Source: Canberra Railway Museum website