The Australian Motorlife Museum

The Australian Motorlife Museum, Kembla Grange: Hours, Address, The Australian Motorlife Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Australian Motorlife Museum

The Australian Motorlife Museum
4.5
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Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Australian Motorlife Museum has a unique position in the Illawarra tourism arena and has a national reputation within the heritage motoring community. We are one of the largest museums of its kind in Australia. The current collection comprises thousands of items with over 4,000 sq. meters of display area. The collection includes vehicles from the early 1900’s through to the 1960’s. Motorcycles, trucks, a Penny Farthing bicycle and others, a 1924 Fire engine complete with brass helmets, an FJ Holden with a Caravan, typewriters, gramophones, picnic gear, irons, signs galore, advertising material, NRMA and Wayne Gardner dedicated historical displays. Early petrol pumps are a feature. Even from this brief overview it is obvious that The Australian Motorlife Museum has a great deal to interest everyone from the casual observer to the motoring enthusiast, from the youngest to the oldest visitor. It is echoed throughout a visit comments like ‘I learnt to type on one of these’.
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1-2 hours
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Michael J
1 contribution
Jun 2021
Amazing experience that exceeded our expectations. Kids were equally as enthusiastic as the adults which was largely largely thanks to the volunteers who were very informative as well as welcoming. There is a lot of other great artifacts from the early 1900's that are well worth viewing as well the impressive collection of cars and motorcycles.
Highly recommend
Written June 15, 2021
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doublechin
Telford, UK161 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Visiting from the UK we went with family. Not sure what to expect but very pleasantly surprised. A fantastic collection of, cars and motorbikes with some pretty rare exhibits. A wide range of other things to see also. Very well presented and laid out with very helpful volunteer staff. We couldn’t fault it it provided a great afternoon out and very good value for money.
Written January 21, 2020
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targetmikie
North Rocks72 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We had a hurried trip to this museum. It would be possible to spend a whole day, there is so much to see. Cars of all ages from many manufacturers. Motorbikes, telephones, garage items, badges and much more. Obviously run and maintained by dedictaed volunteers.
Written December 10, 2017
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clive_byrne
Wollongong, Australia28 contributions
May 2017 • Friends
Well worth a visit. Beautifully restored vintage cars and motorbikes, household appliances, petroleum signs, tools, gramophones etc. NRMA discount.
Written May 3, 2017
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Margaret F
Jimboomba, Australia36 contributions
Mar 2014 • Couples
If you go to the Museum be prepared to be followed every where by all the Staff. We where very un easy as they thought you where going to pinch something. I believe the Curator makes them do it. We thought we where back in America. The Curator is very rude, sarcastic and a no all. We had just attended the National Trust Centenary Of Canberra Rally in our Classic Car and the Curator accused us of lying. We found the road but as we travelled a few k's thought we where wrong. So rang to find out where the Museum was, only to be told rudely that we had come in the wrong end of the road, so no signs. I suggested perhaps they could put a sign up that end, but was told if I had come in from the right end, we would had no problems. The Museum not bad back the attitude of the place very bad. Stagg informed me that they had to follow people around as it was an instruction from the Curator. NRMA Members get in cheaper only, but if you are a RACQ Member or any other State you don't qualify. I thing this is wrong as other places except them. If they replaced the rude, sarcastic, no all Curator I think it would be a good place to visit. I would not recommend anybody to go unless you are prepared to have shadows follow you every step.
Written February 5, 2015
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AmericaOverEasy
Newport, Australia348 contributions
Nov 2020
This must be, the best, best-kept-secret in Australian automotive history! We invaded a-top fifteen, 1941 vintage-styled Royal Enfield Motorcycles and not a single one of our motoring pals and peers (vintage themselves!) had EVER heard of this fabulous display! SHAME on the NRMA, as they sponsor this site and the ONLY signage to the magnificent museum is at the front gate?...by that time, we'd already arrived... where are the signs to this too-well-hidden-treasure? The local Visitors & Convention Center should be shouting from the roof-tops of this local jewel! The collection is wonderfully varied, and the entire team is crafted of very friendly volunteers! There is, something for everybody here! Don't take my word for it... Go There! My hat is off to 'Westie' and Surfside Motorcycles in the Northern Beaches who led us to this otherwise-missed, 'hidden treasure'!
Written November 24, 2020
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leroypurple
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
The most friendly and dedicated informative staff. Spotless and clean venue . Cold Drinks and Coffee on offer. Quiet, peaceful and plenty of parking. Asked about visiting again and was advised not open Monday only, but open the other 6 days of the week. Absolutely enormous display of Vintage cars, vans and other types of vehicles , vintage signs , miniature models, mechanical devices , classic automobila any much much more. I thought I knew so much about this subject but was blown away and learned so much on the day and we will definitely go back this year for another in depth experience.
Written January 14, 2018
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Bonester
Brisbane, Australia228 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
In Woolongong on business and had a spare few hours so thought I would make the trip and have a look. It was well worth the drive.

The collection of cars is well laid out and with possibly some very rare examples including some of early Australian manufacture. The information on the cars is good too.

In addition to cars they have gramophones, radios, typewriters and phones. I am interested in all except the typewriters but it was still worth a look at the typewriters to see how they had progressed over the years.

You could say something for everyone.

It doesn't seem to be that well patronised as I was the first visitor and the only visitor for quite a while.
Written January 10, 2018
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Mark C
Greater Sydney, Australia935 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
If you have any interest in car history then you have to visit this attraction. It has a great range of vehicles and motorbikes on site. Many of the vehicles are in working condition and are often out on the road for tours or displays. There is also a car restorer on site who will show you how he goes about replicating car parts. I was amazed at the quality of this work. You can also take time out and get a bite to eat at the café.
Written November 24, 2014
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Alyn V
Sydney, Australia185 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Not just cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses and caravans. Anything to do with motorised travel is there in a vast space.
Written August 7, 2018
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