The quaint village of Thirlmere awakens to the enchanting sound of the steam whistle for the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam.


Don't miss this unique and exciting event for the whole family brought to you by Wollondilly Shire Council and the NSW Rail Museum (Transport Heritage NSW).


1 March 2021

Transport Heritage NSW and Wollondilly Shire Council have reached the unfortunate decision to postpone the 2021 Thirlmere Festival of Steam.

Ongoing restrictions on mass gatherings of people due to COVID-19 have meant holding such a large-scale open event in the near future was untenable. The safety of the community needs to be our first priority.

The Thirlmere Festival of Steam will be rescheduled to March 2022 and will include a dinner, live entertainment, and extended carnival.

Transport Heritage NSW and Wollondilly Shire Council remain committed to working together to bring about a variety of smaller activations in Thirlmere throughout the year.

Steam train rides return to the NSW Rail Museum every Saturday and Sunday from this weekend and in May, the Thirlmere community will have a smaller celebration in the form of a Family Fun Day at the Thirlmere Sportsground. This will include outdoor movie, amusement rides, a market and food stalls.

We look forward to announcing further details about the 2022 Thirlmere Festival of Steam later this year.