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Timbertown Heritage Theme Park

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Published March 28th 2016
Educational tourist attraction for the whole family
Only 19 kilometres on the Oxley Highway from Port Macquarie, you will find the small town of Wauchope. Wauchope is situated along the mid-north coast of New South Wales and has a heritage based in the timber industry.

At different times throughout Wauchope's history, more timber was transported out of the town by rail than any other town in Australia. In fact, timber from Wauchope was used in the construction of the Sydney Opera House. These day's industry in and around Wauchope is primarily farming and tourism with the area becoming famous for gourmet produce, cheeses, wines and organic fruit and vegetables.

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Welcome to Timbertown, a colonial themed tourist attraction (Author's photo)

Wauchope is also well-known for the tourist attraction of "Timbertown", a colonial-era theme park which has been operational since 1976. Inspired by the logging industry of days gone by, Timbertown is a recreation of what everyday life was like 100 years ago.

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Take a train ride around the park (Author's photo)

First stop was the railway station where a train trip on the John Fowler 0-4-2 Steam Locomotive Model No. 17881 takes you around the property giving a visual overview of where everything is and a complimentary verbal timetable of what displays would be operating at certain times throughout the day. The locomotive was used in the Australian mini-series "Fields of Fire", which was based on the lives of the workers in the Queensland Sugar Cane Industry. Having once worked in manufacturing for the sugar cane industry, I found the old machinery very interesting.

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Machinery used in day's gone by (Author's photo)

Although a programme is available to follow, you can easily make your way around the park stopping at the displays that are of special interest to you. Horse and carriage rides commence at 10.00am however, if you missed them in the morning they were on again in the afternoon at 1.00pm. Other displays include Cross Cut Sawing, Bullock Demonstrations, Chaff Cutting, Whip cracking lessons, woodturning and timber talk in the Woodturner's Guild building, the village Blacksmith displaying skills of forgotten years and a Port and Wine talk is held in the Winery at Noon. Bottles of wine are for sale and the free wine tasting was very palatable.

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Pick up a timetable on the way in. NB times do vary (Author's photo)

"Wallace Store" is open from 10.00am to 2.00pm selling ice creams, old fashioned sweets and pies, yet there is plenty of tables and chairs around the park if you have brought your own picnic lunch. It was also lovely to see hens and roosters roaming freely around the park being a treat for some children to see if they live in city suburbs.

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Haven't seen these in a while - always leave the best to last (Author's photo)

As you wander throughout the make-shift town access is available to several buildings equipped with machines from our past. One of interest to me was the newspaper office where old printing machines and typewriters are displayed. Some of us can still remember thumping out letters and reports on these old typewriters with no spell check or backspace that can erase a letter as easily as today.

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Roosters and Hens roam free (Author's photo)

The park opens each day at 9.30am and closes at 4.00pm. Entry prices to Timbertown vary depending on school holidays and these prices can be confirmed on their website. However, if you are planning a trip outside of NSW School Holidays, Timbertown is closed Tuesday's and Wednesday's.

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Bullock demonstrations (Author's photo)

It's quite easy to spend most of the day wandering around the displays and talking to the park's employees. A well-stocked souvenir shop is situated on leaving Timbertown for those wanting to take a memento home.
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Why? An interesting day out for young and old
When: Daily (except Christmas Day)
Phone: 02 6586 1940
Where: 2325 Oxley Hwy, Wauchope NSW 2446
Cost: Outside of School Holidays Aduls $20.50, Children $16, Seniors $18.50
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