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Thirlmere, NSW

Thirlmere was named after a lake in Cumberland, England. Today it is known for the Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre which runs Steam Train rides from March to November inclusive on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. In March the town celebrates the traditional start of the steam season culminating in an annual Steam Festival. Also on the 3rd Sunday of the month is the Thirlmere Rail Craft Markets.


Thirlmere Lakes National Park offer swimming and canoeing as well as a very scenic location. These are among the last undisturbed freshwater lakes in the Sydney region and has a unique marine life. You are asked to take care and consider the delicate ecology of the system. A cycleway links Thirlmere with Tahmoor.


Thirlmere may look familiar to fans of the telivision drama “Always Greener” as many of the towns shops and the local pub featured in the filming of the popular telivision series.

Dining is available at the following –

Loop Line Pies – Ph: 02 4681 9998
Steves Pizza House – Ph: 02 4683 1835
The Welcome Inn – Ph: 02 4681 0178
The Whistlestop Caf’e – Ph: 02 4683 3123
Thirlmere Country Caf’e & Pizza – Ph: 02 4681 8834
Thirlmere Garden Chinese Restaurant – Ph: 02 4681 8909
Thirlmere Pizzeria – Ph: 02 4683 1070

Accomodation is available at –

Le Petit Palais B&B – Ph: 02 4681 8239
Tharawal Local Aboriginal Council – Ph: 02 4681 0059

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About Thirlmere

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Thirlmere Postcode: 2572
  • State: New South Wales
  • Region: Sydney
  • Latitude: -34.20409
  • Longitude: 150.5711
  • Elevation: 298m
  • Population: 4046
  • Median Income: $34216
  • Area (Sq/km): 32.829
  • Timezone: Australia/Sydney

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