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“Step Back in Time” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Australiana Pioneer Village

The Australiana Pioneer Village
Rose Street | Wilberforce, Wilberforce, New South Wales 2756, Australia
(02) 4575 1777
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Step Back in Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Great day out seeing how the early settlers lived and worked you must try the Damper and Cocky's Joy(golden syrup). Entertainment for all especially the kids. Well worth the $5.00 entry fee..

Visited August 2013
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Manchester
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“Excellent value for money, very informative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

$5 entrance fee per adult, a bargain, definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Loved the history and the knowledgable volunteers, especially Mr McCloud in the bank. Wasn't quite sure what to expect when I arrived but thoroughly enjoyed our visit, would recommend especially to those with children or overseas visitors.

Visited July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Simple, unsophisticated but real pioneer history ..cheap!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

If you're looking for an easy Sunday afternoon trip and maybe a picnic that's a lot of fun and educational, the give the Pioneer Village a go.

Situated in Wilberforce, which is on the Putty Road North of Windsor on the extreme edge of the Sydney basin, this Village offers the visitor a taste of how our earliest pioneers lived their everyday lives and using both innovation and the manufactured aids to everyday life they had access to.

The Village is a collection of genuine pioneer homes, shops and a school that survived the ravages of time and development, to be relocated together from around the pioneer towns of the Hawkesbury Region back in the early 1970s to form this village, which is filled with genuine artifacts used by families and businesses in the early 1800s.

The simple town archtecture and building methods are there for the trained eye to see, for others who want a glimps of clothes and furniture there's well displayed homewares in the houses..all of which are maintained as relocated without modernisation or restoration to new. There's a couple of simple restaurants and takeaways places, with the Village situated next to a wonderful grassed park ideal for picnics and group gatherings / BBQs.

There's whip cracking lessons, farm machinery (pretty poor condition) and folk singing to entertain, with rides on a sulky pulled by a wonderful clydesdale horse to enjoy.

A little confusing, but a separate trust runs the house at the front which is Rose Cottage, the oldest home in Australia which is is great condition and a real connection to this site and the pioneering Rose family who were the first free farming settlers.

Its only $5 to enter the village and any donation you like to see Rose Cottage.

Visited July 2013
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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“Step back into historical location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

A small entry fee allows a family to experience the past through old buildings that have been relocated here. It is amazing to see how families lived so simply in previous periods of recent years.

Low cost entertainment and food are available as well as plenty of room fir a picnic space or bbq.

Well worth multiple visits.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“A most enjoyable afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Living history at a recreated village with mostly genuine buildings bought alive during a conducted tour by Kevin who is also a wonderful actor and Hector the banker at the Autralasia Bank.
Nice costumes of the ladies from the early colonial days as well as true to detail displays.

Visited April 2013
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