Vacation Care

Vacation Care Groups

Vacation Care groups

Vacation Care groups are welcome at Trainworks on any day during the school holidays.

You are welcome to come and run your own visit, alternatively we can provide a more structured visit for your convenience!

Options for your visit:

Cost p/child

Inclusions Notes
$9 Self-guided visit: Look around the site and enjoy the exhibits at your own pace.
  • Includes activity booklet for each child. 

Structured visit: Led by museum staff and volunteers.
Includes guided tour and craft activities.

  • Please allow 3-4 hours for full program.
$18 Museum entry and train ride.
  • Minimum 50 people required for train ride Monday - Satuday. 
  • 50-120 people: Railmotor (up to 4 trips)
  • 120+ people: Railcar (up to 4 trips/max 400 person)
  • 250+ people: Steam Train*(up to 4 trips/max 688 persons)

*Diesel Hauled or Rail motor in Summer

More than just a rail museum

Trainworks features a stylish blend of modern facilities and cutting edge interactivity in a faithful heritage setting. With expansive picnic & play grounds and on-site Café & BBQ areas, it’s a perfect day out for your group. 

Kids of all ages will love exploring the vast collection of trains on display; watching the theatrette show with stunning holographics and taking the heritage steam train ride (45 mins) to Buxton and return.  
What to bring

Wear sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes. Bring your own lunch to enjoy in the playground or shaded grass area, or you can pre-book platters from our onsite café. See here for group booking options.


Risk assessment

Click here for a copy of our risk assessment.


Getting there

For parking and accessibility click here, and for information on how to get to Thirlmere click here


Enquiries & Bookings

For more information call us on 02 4683 6800 or email



For more information call Trainworks on (02) 4683 6800 during business hours or email us at 

Trainworks is open 7 days a week
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm




Map & Location

Trainworks is located at 10 Barbour Road in Thirlmere.

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