Culture, History and Art South Coast NSW Australia
Great places to visit and enjoy
Bradman Museum Bowral Southern Highlands NSW
If Lords and the MCC is the home of cricket then the Bradman museum is definitely heaven for cricket lovers. It is perfectly located beside the picturesque Bradman Oval, where England played the Bradman XI in 2003. There are five galleries, the team room and a gift shop as well as a 100 seat theatre that shows archive film footage, Sir Donald's first cricket bat and other remarkable old cricket artifacts and curiosities. Bradman Museum at Bowral in NSW's Capital Country is a great place to while away a morning or afternoon.
Bundanon - Riversdale
Bundanon houses the estate and art collections left by Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, offering the visitor a unique collection of cultural and environmental assets. Included in his gift to the nation was a collection comprising several thousand art works, photographs, furnishings and documents referred to as the Bundanon Collection. The collection features in particular works by Merric, Emma Minni and Arthur Merric Boyd. Sidney Nolan added a number of his early works and a series made in the Bundanon studio in 1981 to the collection prior to his death in 1992. Set by the Shoalhaven River, Bundanon makes for a quite beautiful visit.
The Lady Denman Museum Jervis Bay NSW South Coast
The Lady Denman ferry which operated in Sydney Harbour is housed in this
museum. Walk around inside the Lady Denman. Great for the kids. The
Museum carries three collections: Aboriginal, Maritime and European. The
large boat shed displays old boat building methods which were part of
early Huskisson history. Beside this you will find a large pond that is
home to a variety of ocean fish. From here you can stroll along the
mangrove boardwalk and learn about the ecosystem of this coastal
environment. Also at the museum you will discover a historic church and
old classrooms from local schools together with visiting exhibitions.
You will also find excellent BBQ facilities, grassy playing areas and
toilet facilities - suitable for an enjoyable family visit.
Meroogal House Historic Houses Trust South Coast NSW
Home to four generations of the same family have cherished this hosue since 1886. Everything has been left to give you an idea of yester year in this Gothic revival timber house in Nowra. It's a whorthwhile place to see because of its archetecture, because of the relatively unchanged and because of the charming contents.
Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum
HMAS Albatross Nowra
Australia's largest aviation museum (and the country's largest regional
museum) houses fascinating relics, models and simulations that are
educational and really great fun for both adults and kids. There is also
a good under cover childrens' play area and cafe. There are two active
days each year where the public can see many civilian aircraft put
through their paces. The museum also overlooks the active military
airbase at HMAS Albatross in Nowra on the Shoalhaven NSW South Coast,
birthplace of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Air Arm, so you might
get a sighting of a jet fighter or helicopter during your visit.
The South Coast NSW area of Australia is also famous for flying because
of Charles Kingsford Smith, affectionately known as 'Smithy'. He was a
great Australian aviator who was the first man to fly across the Tasman
Sea to New Zealand using Seven Mile Beach as his runway in 1928. He was
also the first to fly from San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean to
Australia and the first to fly from London to New York. Sydney's
International airport is named after him.
Pioneer Farm Museum Kangaroo Valley South Coast NSW
This is one of the most enlightening displays of rural Australia.
The display of early settlers' houses, farming equipment and local
history is lovingly maintained by the Kangaroo Valley Historical
Society. It includes a vintage farm and housewares, original farm
buildings from the 1880's and historic family trees of early settlers.
This is a must for both international and city visitors as it provides a
unique insight into the early life of Australia. The museum also has a
wildlife reserve with lyrebirds and wallaroos and a lovely BBQ area.
Rumour has it that you might spot a bunyip on one of the magical
bushwalks. (A bunyip is a mystical animal not as large as the Yeti and
not as small as a Leprechaun.)