The museum hosts a collection of old trams and memorabilia from the time when trams were a regular part of life in Sydney.You can even wait for a tram in the old waiting shed from Sydney's Railway Square. They also have trams from Melbourne and Brisbane and even from as far away as the USA, Germany and Japan. Kids can climb in and on a number of the trams, although some of them are off limits due to being in a less than pristine condition. The volunteer staff are passionate about trams and eager to share their knowledge with kids and grown up kids alike by explaining and demonstrating the trams' workings.
But the real draw card of the museum is its very own functioning tram line. The 3.5 kilometre track consists of two sections; one that runs north towards Sutherland station (and which is planned to eventually reach Sutherland train station and shopping centre) and another that runs on an old train line into the Royal National Park, stopping at the old train station there. Trams run hourly on all days that the museum is open and entry to the museum includes all day unlimited tram rides. Return tickets to the national park can also be purchased from the conductor for those wishing to catch a ride on the tram into the park without visiting the museum.
The museum has a kiosk and a souvenir shop, as well as a picnic area complete with barbeques, meaning you can bring your lunch with you and grill in between tram rides. Alternatively, you could catch a tram into the Royal National Park, enjoy a bushwalk and a picnic, then catch a tram back to the museum.
An old Melbourne Tram at the Sydney Tramway Museum
The museum is open every Wednesday and Sunday, as well as public holidays (excluding Christmas Day) and school holidays (the museum is closed for some of the summer school holidays). Entry to the museum with unlimited tram rides costs $18 for adults, $10 for school aged kids and $46 for a family. Kids under school age are free. The museum can easily be reached by public transport, being located directly next to Loftus train station on the Illawarra line. There is also ample parking in the museum's car park for those preferring to travel by car.