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Arts, culture, heritage and lifestyle in Albion Park
Albion Park is a compact but lively town at the gateway to Kiama. It lies at the junction of routes to Sydney and the Southern Highlands.
About Albion Park
Just inland from Shellharbour on the shores of the Lake Illawarra you’ll find Albion Park, a small, lively town between Wollongong and Kiama. The town lies at the junction of routes to Sydney and the Southern Highlands, to the east of the Illawarra Escarpment. The town developed in the late 1800s, following the construction of the Albion Park Railway Station.
Albion Park is home to Macquarie Pass National Park, its sandstone gullies, rainforests, and Illawarra flame trees set on the Illawarra Escarpment. A haven for native wildlife, bushwalk through the park and you may spot lyrebirds, satin bowerbirds, koalas, possums, wombats, swamp wallabies, goannas and platypus.
Albion Park also has some wonderful small museums. The Illawarra Light Railway Museum is dedicated to the small steam and diesel-powered locomotives that served in the mining and agricultural industries of yesteryear. The Tongarra Museum illustrates the amazing history of the Illawarra with artefacts, photographs, historical documents and sketches. The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Museum features fully restored and operational aircraft, ranging from small Cessnas to a fleet of stars, such as Tiger Moths.
Jamberoo Action Park is a major attraction of the area, especially for families. Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Albion Park, the park was originally a farm, becoming a grass skiing park in the 1980s and even hosting the Grass Skiing World Titles in 1983. It was then converted into a waterpark with waterslides, raft and boat rides, kids rides, and a bobsled and chairlift.
Albion Park's Illawarra Regional Airport is a great place to experience the thrills of flying in a light aircraft. The Sydney Microlight Centre, based at the airport, offers professional pilot training as well as introductory flights. This is the closest approved microlight training facility to Sydney; you can even take a joy flight to get a bird’s-eye-view of the spectacular South Coast.