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Location Wauchope, New South Wales
Coordinates 31°28′13″S152°42′47″E / 31.470357°S 152.713107°E / -31.470357; 152.713107
Opened11 December 1976;46 years ago (1976-12-11)
Operating seasonYear-round
Website Official website

Timbertown is a popular attraction, depicting the colonial era of a sawmiller's village in northern New South Wales. It is located on 39 hectares (87 acres) of coastal blackbutt ( Eucalyptus pilularis) forest on the Oxley Highway at Wauchope in Australia. [1] Timbertown is an interactive museum which has enjoyed periodic success as a family-friendly tourist attraction. The Mayor of Timbertown is Marcel Rigmond. The Timbertown log, that used to be located in front of the museum, is now located directly across from an IGA.


Timbertown was officially opened by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Arthur Roden Cutler on 28 May 1977.


Timbertown Heritage Railway, Wauchope, NSW Timbertown train.JPG
Timbertown Heritage Railway, Wauchope, NSW

The key attraction of Timbertown is the 595mm [2] narrow gauge [3] Timbertown Heritage Railway, with a John Fowler & Co. saddle tank 0-4-2t steam locomotive (“Ruby”) built in 1928, [4] that operates on a short circuit track within and around the town.

There are also several businesses operating including a blacksmith, timber furniture, winery, and Wallaces Store with souvenirs and confectionery.

The Maul and Wedge serves meals in school holidays & public holidays and is available for hire for private functions.

Local artisans offer both local woodwork, artwork and craft items.

There are some interactive displays throughout the day featuring:

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