About the festival

For over 30 years, the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam has marked the official opening of steam season. In 2024, the village will fire up once again for a weekend of family fun and entertainment - but this year taking pride of place in May as New South Wales' premier event for train enthusiasts and a fantastic family day out.

This year’s event is proudly brought to you by: Wollondilly Shire Council and Transport Heritage NSW, operators of the NSW Rail Museum.


About NSW Rail Museum

The NSW Rail Museum is the State's premier rail heritage museum.

Since 1975, the historic town of Thirlmere has been home to a significant rail heritage collection associated with the NSW railways.

The NSW Rail Museum brings rail heritage to life through heritage train rides, displays, exhibitions and education programs.


Become a Stallholder

Applications are currently open for individuals, businesses, and community groups to become a stallholder at the 2024 Thirlmere Festival of Steam.

Stallholder Expression of Interest


Become a sponsor

To become a festival sponsor please contact Council’s Events Team for further details 02 4677 1100.


For all NSW Rail Museum related enquiries, including steam train rides, call 1300 11 55 99.

For festival related enquiries, including the Huff 'n' Puff Road Race, stalls, performance and sponsor enquires, please call Wollondilly Shire Council on 4677 1100.