The town of Albion Park in the Shellharbour region of the NSW South Coast offers many wonderful and exciting things to do and see – from the romance of travelling by steam train and heritage aircraft to scenic flights, mountain bike trails, rainforest walks and a picturesque golf course.
Just a short drive west of beautiful beaches, Albion Park is home to fascinating museums. You can ride steam, diesel and miniature trains at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum and visit the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society Aviation Museum. Be amazed by the daring aerobatics at the spectacular Wings Over Illawarra air show every May.
The HARS collection of military and commercial aircraft on display is extraordinary. You’ll see the Qantas 747-400 that made history with a nonstop London-Sydney flight; a Lockheed Super Constellation; and a Catalina flying boat. Attend one of the Tarmac Days to sit in the cockpit of a fighter bomber or submarine hunter jet.
The museum is located next to the Illawarra Regional Airport, which is a short walk from Albion Park Rail train station. You can also enjoy scenic joy flights over the majestic South Coast throughout the year with various operators, including:
More attractions are a short drive away. Calderwood Valley Golf Course is an 18-hole public course next to the magnificent Illawarra Escarpment, which towers over the town. Mountain bike riders of all skill levels will be thrilled with Greenvalleys Mountain Bike Park, near the winding drive up the escarpment on the Macquarie Pass.
Cascades Walk is a must when you visit Macquarie Pass National Park. You might be lucky along the 2km return waterfall trail to spot lyrebirds in the rainforest and platypus in the babbling creek. Hikers will also enjoy the challenging Clover Hill trail, a 6km return walk to Rainbow Falls past a patchwork of open fields.
There’s plenty of adventure here too. Albion Park is only 10 minutes from the giant waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park or enjoy the rush of excitement at Australia’s highest zip-line at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, located half an hour away.
Albion Park is about 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney along the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive. You can also catch a direct train from Sydney and the journey takes about 2hr 30min. You’ll find a number of places to stay around Albion Park including motels, cottages and a grand heritage guesthouse.